MUSEUM GUIDE PROGRAM
What is a Museum Guide?
A Museum Guide is a teacher, serving the museum and the community in the field
of art education. Museum Guides are knowledgeable, enthusiastic people
who act as liaisons between KMAC Museum and the general public. They are
professional volunteer museum staff members. Museum Guides come from a wide
range of backgrounds and professions.
What do KMAC Museum Guides do?
Museum Guides contribute to KMAC in several ways:
Touring: by serving as tour guides for school groups on field trips
and the general public visiting the Museum.
Research: by preparing background information on the works of art
in the Museum’s exhibitions, collection, and new acquisitions.
Outreach: by giving Mobile Museum presentations at local schools,
community centers and libraries.
What do you learn in training?:
Develop the skills, knowledge and experience to lead an interpretive tour
Improve speaking skills
Discover and meet local, regional, national and international artists
Access the curatorial process of KMAC exhibitions with curator-led talks
Receive an introduction to 20th and 21st century art appreciation/history
Behind-the-scenes tours of the permanent collection
Meet curators, staff, and professionals in the museum world
Expand your social and professional network
Understand KMAC’s mission and how the museum is pertinent to today’s
contemporary art and craft scene
How long will training take?
The training program lasts 6 sessions. New Museum Guides will begin representing the museum starting with the upcoming exhibition.
What do the training sessions involve?
Museum staff lead the trainees in several areas including a brief study of 20th and 21st century art history, museum education, formal elements of art, KMAC’s permanent collection, and the Museum’s history and policy.
How much of a time commitment will be required?
Trainee Guides will attend 6 training sessions:
Additional hours may be required for research, reading assignments, preparation of writing and speaking assignments, and/or observation of Active Guides/Curators as they tour in the Museum and speak in the community.
Active Museum Guides are available to volunteer a minimum of 2 hours per month.
Active Museum Guides are entitled to a number of benefits including:
Invites to exclusive Members Preview Nights
Discount on select events and shop items, and free coffee from the KMAC cafe
Free KMAC t-shirt!
How much does it cost?
This is a free program.
Why should I consider becoming a KMAC Museum Guide?
KMAC Museum Guides can expect to participate in satisfying experiences working with children, college students, and community members. There are many networking opportunities with artists, art professionals, and community leaders. You can also expect to expand your understanding of art and be challenged by new ideas. The Museum Guides at KMAC are energetic, spirited, enthusiastic, and dedicated to the Museum.