Become a MoAD Docent

MoAD’s Docent program features training on the African Diaspora, related history and contemporary art.

Docents promote the museum’s mission and enrich the visitor’s experience by providing guided tours and a friendly, welcoming face to all visitors. Through training sessions and events, MoAD docents learn how to serve the needs and interests of our diverse visitors.

Artist Marie Johnson Calloway and family pose with Director Spike Lee's family and museum docent Cynthia Rose

Artist Marie Johnson Calloway and family with Director Spike Lee’s family and docent Cynthia Rose, 2015

Expectations of the MoAD docents

  • A passion for learning about and discussing the African Diaspora
  • A sincere and genuine interest in people of all ages and backgrounds
  • An attitude of tolerance and respect for different points of view
  • The ability to work and communicate with the public
  • A positive, welcoming, and supportive attitude
  • Familiarity with MoAD exhibitions and events
  • The ability to attend all required training sessions and fulfill allotted monthly time requirements
Docent visit to the DeYoung Museum

Docent visit to the DeYoung Museum

Time requirements

  • Docents commit to at least a six month term of service
  • Docents agree to lead at least two tours and participate in at least one training every month
  • Docents are encouraged to volunteer at MoAD events and participate in supporting the docent program

Compensation

MoAD docents are unpaid volunteers. A MoAD individual membership is offered after three months of consecutive service.

Register for Docent training

Contact us by email at docent@moadsf.org to register for the next Docent training.

Docent training with art collector Melvin Holmes in 2012

Docent training with art collector Melvin Holmes in 2012