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  • Worcester Art Museum Accepting Applicants for Docent Training

    (WORCESTER, Mass., Aug. 6, 2002)-Worcester Art Museum is accepting applications for its next docent training class, to begin in January 2003. Museum docents are volunteers who lead gallery tours for visiting schools, adult tour groups, and the general public.

    The deadline to request a docent application is Friday, Sept. 13, 2002. Call the Museum's Education Department at (508) 799-4406, extension 3007.

    Museum docents receive an extensive education in art history, focusing on art in the Museum's collection, and they learn teaching and tour-guide techniques. Requiring a substantial time commitment, the docent training class meets once a week for 18 months, excluding June through August. Applicants should be available to attend the weekly training class on Wednesdays, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., January 2003 through May 2004. Following training, docents are expected to serve the Museum for a minimum of two years, conducting at least 24 tours per year and attending a monthly continuing education course.

    Now in its 31st year, the Worcester Art Museum's docent program enriches the museum experience for more than 18,000 visitors annually. Docents lead gallery tours for public, private and parochial schoolchildren, youth groups, university organizations, clubs, senior citizen groups, individuals with special needs, and general museum visitors. Worcester Art Museum has a corps of 80 docents, including 21 docent emeriti, honored for their longtime and outstanding service to the Museum.

    Museum Background

    A cultural jewel of New England, the Worcester Art Museum first opened to the public in 1898. Its exceptional 35,000-piece collection of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photography, prints and drawings is displayed in 36 galleries and spans 5,000 years of art and culture, ranging from Egyptian antiquities and Roman mosaics to Impressionist paintings and contemporary art. Its extensive four-season studio arts program enrolls 6,000 adult and youth students each year. Museum hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (sponsored by Commerce Bank), and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and full-time college students with current ID, and FREE for Members and all youth 17 and under. Admission is also FREE for everyone on Saturday mornings, 10 a.m.-noon (sponsored by The TJX Companies and Massachusetts Electric Company). The Museum is located at 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, Mass., easily accessible from the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90), Route 290 and Route 9. Expanded parking is available near entrances on Salisbury, Lancaster and Tuckerman streets. For more information, call (508) 799-4406.