Museum Volunteer Docent Program Deadline Extended

The deadline to sign up for the Hallie Ford Museum of Art's volunteer docent program has been extended to Aug. 11 at 5 p.m.

Docents are required to attend weekly classes on a wide variety of topics, including art history and tour techniques. They also must complete occasional homework and reading assignments, prepare written reports on objects in the permanent collection and develop and present tours of special exhibitions.

Training for new and active docents is ongoing each year from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Mondays from September through mid-May. Volunteer docents are under the supervision of Elizabeth Garrison, the Cameron Paulin Curator of Education at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art.

Once docents successfully complete their first year of training, they are expected to give a certain number of tours per year for at least two years beyond their training. In addition to becoming a member of the museum, docents are required to pay yearly dues of $15 per person.

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art was founded in 1998 to serve as an artistic, cultural and intellectual resource for Willamette University and the region. Four permanent galleries focus on European, Asian and American art; Native American baskets; historic and contemporary regional art; and European and American works on paper. Two temporary exhibition spaces feature historic and contemporary art.

The museum is located at 700 State St. (corner of State and Cottage Streets) in downtown Salem near the Willamette University campus. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The galleries are closed Sunday and Monday and will be closed Dec. 23 to Jan. 1 for winter break. They will re-open Jan. 2. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors and students. Children younger than 12 are admitted free, and Tuesday is an admission-free day. Call (503) 370-6855 for an application packet or more information.