The Docent Program

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art's Docent Program is known for the quality of its training program as well as for the excellence, enthusiasm, and dedication of its membership.

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LEARN. SHARE. CONTRIBUTE. MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Become a Docent at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

Do you love art?

Would you like to share that passion with others?

Who are Docents?

A docent at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art is a volunteer who serves the community as an art educator for adults and students visiting the Museum.

What are the Qualifications?

To become a Docent, the most important skill necessary is having a genuine interest in art, and the willingness to expand your knowledge of art.

A trainee will be taught how to share this knowledge with adults and students visiting the Museum. If you like art and want to learn how to be a Docent, please join the Docent Training Course.

The SBMA Docent Training Course

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s Docent Program is known for the quality of its training program as well as for the excellence, enthusiasm, and dedication of its membership.

Within the training course, you will be taught everything you will need to know to begin touring student and adult visitors in the galleries. We are a caring and sharing organization that feels deeply committed to the success of every new Docent class. Classes meet one day weekly and begin in the fall.

Benefits of Becoming a Docent

The informative exchange between Docents and visitors is a transformative experience that is not to be missed. Docents not only elevate their lives with an art education but in sharing this wisdom with visitors, they have expanded their perception and knowledge of art as well.

How do I become a Docent?

Thank you for your interest in the Santa Barbara Museum of Art Docent Council. The next docent training class will take place in Fall 2021. If you are interested in learning more or would like more information about the docent program in general, please contact Rachel Heidenry, Manager of Docent and Academic Programs at rheidenry@sbma.net

We encourage you to come to museum events and especially to follow our virtual offerings while you are waiting to hear about the next training class. We thank you again for your interest and hope to see you soon!

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