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Dance Theater of Harlem display


Volunteer Docent Council - The Volunteer Docent Council serves CAAM by providing guided tours for schools groups, special interest groups and during CAAM’s evening events and programs. Twice a year members are invited to join after completing a thorough training on how to become a museum docent. There are a series of Saturday sessions where perspective members are guided through the mechanics of writing a tour script, the basic elements of art, how to view art, how to lead a tour, the history of CAAM and much more.

Volunteer Docent Council members are expected to continuously stay abreast of CAAM’s changing exhibitions. Members make oral presentation and provide research as they collaboratively teach each other about the changing historical and artistic exhibitions featured throughout the year. Volunteer Docent Council meetings are the second Saturday of the month at 10:30am., excluding the months of July and August. Applications can be downloaded. Click here for an application.

Young docents

Young Docent High School Intern Program - The Young Docent paid intern program exposes high school students ages 16 – 18 to the world of being a museum professional and offers the opportunity for authentic work experiences. CAAM’s Young Docent Program requires a two week paid training period, followed by eight weeks of working closely with museum professionals. Young Docents learn about the history of CAAM, how to write tour scripts, how to view art, how to lead a tour, general information about museums, museum careers and much more.

The California African American Museum is grateful to the following organizations - Disney Worldwide Services, The Ray Charles Foundation, Ella Fitzgerald Charities, and US Bank Corp. - which have provided generous financial support for the Young Docents High School Intern Program for the Summer of 2012.