Docent Program

Above: Docent CJ Robison giving a tour of the permanent collection to a group of elementary school students.


The docent program prepares active volunteers to lead tours and other public offerings at the Museum, with occasional opportunities to also give classroom and other off-site presentations. Docents regularly lead tours for a variety of ages, from young students to adults, guiding groups through the galleries, studios, and ArtWorks. Public programs include activities for whole families and offerings that engage the community. 

Teaching credentials or artistic backgrounds are not required. The Museum supplies the necessary training to effectively lead dynamic learning experiences for all ages. The docent program is also supplemented by a website that offers information about the program and the Museum’s collection and special exhibitions.

Prospective Docents are:

  • Enthusiastic, flexible, and friendly
  • Eager to learn about art and engage others in discussions about art
  • Ready to be the Museum’s ambassador to the public
  • Comfortable with public speaking

Docent Council Members

Paula Smith


Gretchen Sippial


Rhonda Thomason

Docent at Large

Diane Christy

New Docent Representative

For the fiscal year, October 2019 through September 2020.


If you want to make a difference in your community, please complete the form at the link below.


Support for the Docent program is provided by BB&T.


To learn more, please contact Elisabeth Palmer, Assistant Curator of Education, Docent and Adult Programs, at or 334.625.4362.

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