The Museum's Docent Program is nationally recognized for the quality of its training program as well as for the excellence and dedication of its almost 500 strong team.

What is a Docent?

A docent is a teacher and tour guide, serving the Museum and the community in the field of art education. Along with providing continuing education in art to its individual members, the Museum's Docent Program contributes in a variety of ways to art education within the Museum and in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

What does a docent do?

Docents serve as tour guides for children and adults visiting the Museum, present image-based presentations to schools and community groups, and assist in the operations of the Museum's Art Research Library and Visual Resource Center.

How do I join?

Docent training lasts for 18 months, covering such topics as art history, public speaking and research. You don't need an art history background to participate.

For more information call the Museum's Education Department at (602) 257-4356.

Want to learn more about the Docent Program?

Phoenix Art Museum Prospective Docent Coffee & Conversation

Monday, May 18, 2015 at 10 a.m.

Singer Hall – Phoenix Art Museum

Phoenix Art Museum Docents are volunteer Museum educators who share their love of art with students and adults at the Museum, in schools, and throughout our community. Come hear about our 16 month training program: 

            Trainees: September 2015 through mid-May, 2016.

            Apprentices: September 2016 through March 2017.

Classes are held Friday mornings with additional time at the Museum each week to complete the requirements.  It is not necessary to have an art history background. Our curators, education staff and docents will actively guide you through the training program. 

Registration is not required for this Coffee & Conversation. If you have questions, please contact the Education Department at the Museum:  (602)-257-4356 or