Docents are a specialized core of volunteers trained to provide lively, in-depth tours and discussions about CAM’s exhibitions, educational programs, and the history, experiences and development of the Chinese American community in Los Angeles.
The Docent Education Program was launched shortly after CAM’s grand opening to greet and guide the thousands of visitors who come to CAM each year to learn about Chinese American history, culture and experiences. The intensive program prepares docents to visually and intellectually engage a diverse group of school children, college-level students and adult visitors about the historical significance of CAM’s facility and location, its exhibitions, and Chinese American history and contemporary issues.
Any person age 16 and over can become a docent. Most of CAM’s tours are with school-aged children and take place during the weekdays from the hours of 10:00 am -12:00 noon, year round. If you enjoy learning and sharing history, interacting with the public, or have time to spare during the weekdays, consider becoming a docent!
The six-week training course will take place at the Chinese American Museum. Docent-trainees will have the unique opportunity to learn about the significance of CAM as an historic site, its exhibitions and public programs, practice public speaking and touring methods, and gain comprehensive knowledge of Chinese American history, experiences and contributions in America and specifically in Los Angeles. The course includes speakers, presentations, and a binder containing learning materials and information.
2012 Summer Docent Training Schedule: June 25, 2012 - Julyl 30, 2012, every MONDAY, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Docent flyer (Summer 2012)