New Docent Class Forming for January, 2019

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Join us for an informational meeting on Tuesday, November 13, 5:30 pm in the KIA auditorium. For more information, contact Michelle Stempien at 269/585-9288 or email

We have a special opportunity for adults seeking a new volunteer adventure. If you re interested in learning about art, enjoy connecting with your community, and like to spend time with fun, dynamic people, YOU might make a great docent (like Frank Wolf, pictured above).

Docents are trained to help visitors of all ages find a deeper understanding and appreciation of art via our exhibitions. To become a KIA docent, you need no prior knowledge of art, just a willingness to learn, the enthusiasm to share your love of learning, comfort with public speaking, and a flexible schedule.

A new docent training class will begin in January. Each new class meets for nine months on selected Mondays. Candidates will learn art processes, art history, touring and engagement techniques. Docents sign up to lead 1-2 tours a month, for a total of 18 per year. (Our next docent class will not come along until 2021).

It's rewarding and fun to share the knowledge of art as we hope to inspire and transform inquiring minds of all ages and abilities. --Judi Beam

Taking docent training classes is like being in an exciting art history course -- plus you have an opportunity to interact with young people and expose them to all kinds of wonderful art. --Brenda Murphy

After ending my full time work, I was looking to spend time around beauty and learn something as well. The classes were interesting and made use of various formats to enrich our learning and be able share this with visitors to the KIA. --Marilyn Garry

The art history training was like attending a college class for free! --Vanita Aloisio

Becoming a docent is an opportunity to be in a lovely environment surrounded by like-minded friends and staff who encourage and support all endeavors. Being a docent is a gift to myself. --Lyda Stillwell