Become a Docent

Docent Program

Docents are integral to the educational missions of the Snite Museum of Art and the South Bend Museum of Art. They are volunteer educators who give engaging and interactive tours to adults, families, and school groups. Docents develop their skills and knowledge through ongoing training, research, and continuing education.

Who Can Be a Docent?

You can!  Do you have…

  • An interest in being part of something larger than yourself?
  • A sincere interest in people of differing ages, backgrounds, life experiences, and points of view? 
  • A general interest in art?
  • A desire to stretch yourself, learn new things, and grow from new experiences?
  • An interest in creating opportunities for people of all ages to experience art in exciting ways?
  • The ability and willingness to work as part of a team?

If you responded with an enthusiastic “Yes!” to the above questions, you have the potential to make a great docent!


Become a Docent

What are the benefits of being a Snite/SBMA docent?

  • Serving the community by providing access–through tours and other education programs–to the rich collections of the Snite and the SBMA to people of all ages.
  • Behind-the-scenes access to two outstanding museums via private talks, exhibition previews, and presentations from educators, scholars, and artists.
  • Increasing your knowledge and appreciation of art, history, and culture.
  • Meeting new people who share your interests.
  • Access to hot-off-the-press (and free!) publications from both the Snite and the SBMA

Become a Docent

What are the requirements of being a Snite/SBMA docent?

  • Attendance at all initial training sessions
  • A two-year commitment to the program upon completion of training
  • Devoting at least 5 tour days to each museum each school year
  • Upon completion of the initial training, attendance at ongoing training meetings two times/month

Snite/SBMA Docent Training

Docent training occurs over a period of approximately nine months. Class sessions are held on Mondays twice a month from 9:00 a.m.-Noon. The training covers everything you need to be prepared to help others experience art—including sessions on the history of art, the collections of the Snite and the SBMA, teaching techniques, and talks by museum staff. 

The next training sessions will begin in early 2017.  Applications are now being accepted and can be completed online. They are due January 30.  Interviews will take place the week of February 6.  If you have questions please contact the Curator of Education, Public Programs.

Click on the link below to fill out and submit your application.

2017 DOCENT PROGRAM APPLICATION