ASM Docent Program & Training
Curious about Native American cultures of the Southwest? If you want to engage with others and share your passion for the cultural traditions of the Southwest then the Arizona State Museum Docent Program is the perfect match for you!
Who are ASM Docents and what do they do?
The Arizona State Museum Docents are trained volunteer educators who lead interactive experiences, for visitors of all ages. They have a curiosity for cultural traditions of the Southwest and a desire to share that knowledge with others.
Docents lead interactive guided tours of the museum’s permanent and temporary exhibits and provide structured and casual experiences for diverse visitors through roaming tours and docent carts. Docents also greet museum visitors, assist at public programs, and lead activities at family programs.
How can I become a Docent?
Docent training classes are held each fall. To apply, please email Heather Ingram. Once we hear from you, we will contact you for an interview.
2016 Docent Training October 5-December 12
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:00am-12:00pm (except 10/12, 11/23, and 11/28)
$280 ASM Members, $320 non-members. Limited scholarships are available to those who can demonstrate that the course cost is a financial hardship.
In Docent training you will learn how to interpret the cultural heritage of the American Southwest. Training includes presentations on archeaology, potter, basketry, and the history and traditions of the Seri, Yaqui, O’odham, Apache, Diné (Navajo), and Hopi by ASM curators and Native American experts. Docents are asked for a two year commitment and expected to volunteer a minimum of 4 hours a month. Although the docent season runs October-April, there are still opportunities in the summer to be involved.