The Docent Program at The Dali Museum is at the heart of the museum’s educational mission. Adult Docents enroll in a seventeen-week training program (roughly the equivalent of a 3 credit university-level course) that consists of fifteen two-hour lectures, three written tests, and a final mini-tour examination. After completion of initial training, docents are required to conduct a specific number of tours each month for at least one year.
In addition to the initial training period, there is ongoing training for docents including curatorial walk-throughs of new exhibitions, refresher classes, and advanced seminars. Docents are responsible for developing their own tours and are encouraged to develop a repertoire of tours for specific audiences and special interest groups.
Adult Docents: Adult Docents create and conduct public tours of the Museum’s permanent and visiting exhibitions as well as private tours arranged by the Group Tours Office. Over 100 docents currently lead tours at the museum.
“Dali Vision” Outreach Docents: Museum docents can choose to become “DaliVision” Docents and teach outside of the museum’s walls by presenting slide or poster presentations at schools, convalescent homes, hospitals, recreation centers, after-school programs, social service groups and other community organizations.
Junior Docents: As part of the Junior Docents summer program, elementary and middle school students are trained in a mini docent course that enables them to share general information about Dali and his paintings. This program introduces students to artistic processes, builds self-esteem and public speaking skills, and brings families to the museum.
The Dali encourages people of all ages, ethnicities, and cultures to apply. Six of every ten visitors to the Museum come from outside the U.S., people with skills in languages other than English are especially encouraged to get involved.
For more information on becoming a docent and enrolling in docent training, please contact: Peter Tush, Curator of Education, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 727.623.4728.