TMA Docents

Docents bring art education to museum visitors, students, and the local community through many different programs. In fact the word “docent” is derived from the Latin word docere meaning “to teach.”

All that’s required to join this group of fun, inquisitive, enthusiastic people is a love of art and a commitment to volunteering, and a desire to learn. The Docent training program spans a 9 month training period and focuses on three main areas: a knowledge of the collections and historic properties; a cultivation of touring skills; and an understanding of art history including major periods and important artists.

Once you become a docent, you can choose to lead exhibition and gallery tours, present art talks to the public, bring art programs to local schools and so much more!

Docent Training FAQs



What fees are required to participate in the Training Program?
The fee for docent training is $250 for TMA members/$300 for non-members (includes membership fee) and includes class materials, speaker stipends and related expenses.

Additionally, trainees are required to bring a mobile device to each class session to connect to the classroom wireless network.

Please make checks payable to the Tucson Museum of Art (memo: “Docent Training”) and mail with completed application to Morgan Wells, 140 N. Main Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701.

After completion of the Training Program, docents are required to be annual members of the museum as well as annual members of the Docent Council ($35).

When do classes meet?
Docent training classes take place on Thursdays from January 6 through April 28, 2022, then October 13 through November 17, 2022. Classes meet from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and from 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Most class activities occur during class hours; however, time is required outside of class hours to complete readings and prepare projects and tours.

Where are classes held?
Classes meet weekly on the TMA campus in the Stonewall Community Room in the Alice Chaiten Baker Center for Art Education (166. W Alameda Street).

What if I have to miss a class?
While trainees are expected to attend every class and participate in and complete all class assignments including tour shadowing and field trips, it is understood that unforeseen life circumstances occur. Trainees are expected to consult, in advance, with their small group mentors regarding any absence.

Where can I park?
In addition to TMA’s parking lot on Washington Street, there is convenient parking nearby in covered garages, the Redondo parking lot and metered street parking. More information at https://www.downtowntucson.org/get-around/parking/

What are my obligations after I complete training?
Every year, docents are required to complete 50 hours of service and 15 hours of education between May 1st and April 30th.

Service hours for the first two years include twelve Visitor Service Desk sessions annually, leading five scheduled tours per year and participating on docent committees. Education hours can be accrued by attending Art Talks, curator-led tours, TMA lecture events and monthly docent council meetings.