Docents are a specialized core of volunteers trained to provide lively, in-depth tours and discussions about the exhibitions and educational programs at the Chinese American Museum (CAM), as well as 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 persons 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, sharing history, and interacting with the public, and you have time to spare during the weekdays, consider becoming a docent!
Docents will guide and engage visitors of diverse age groups, professions, and cultural and ethnic backgrounds through CAM’s exhibitions twice a month for a minimum of one year.
The six-week training course will take place at CAM. Docent-trainees will have the unique opportunity to learn about the significance of CAM as an historic site, as well as its exhibitions and public programs. Docent-trainees will also 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.