May 31, 2012

Getty Seeks Volunteers for Newly Expanded Museum Docent Program


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Alexandria Sivak
Getty Communications
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LOS ANGELES—The J. Paul Getty Museum is recruiting volunteers for its newly expanded docent program. Docents will be responsible for weekly tours for K-12 students at the Getty Center and K-8 students at the Getty Villa.

“We are looking for broadly educated individuals who themselves want deeper experiences with art, and who are committed to deepening student engagement with artworks in our galleries,” explained Toby Tannenbaum, assistant director for Education at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Gallery docents must be able to facilitate one-hour tours in a large building with multiple floors. They must be available for one four-hour shift a week, on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  An intensive training program focusing on the museum’s collection and gallery teaching skills will take place in July and August, 2012, and new docents will be mentored by Education department staff.  Docents receive ongoing behind-the-scenes educational opportunities, free parking, restaurant and gift store discounts, and annual recognition events.

More information and applications are available at

Applications must be submitted by June 8, 2012.

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The J. Paul Getty Trust is an international cultural and philanthropic institution devoted to the visual arts that includes the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Getty Foundation. The J. Paul Getty Trust and Getty programs serve a varied audience from two locations:  the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Getty Villa in Malibu.

The J. Paul Getty Museum collects in seven distinct areas, including Greek and Roman antiquities, European paintings, drawings, manuscripts, sculpture and decorative arts, and photographs gathered internationally. The Museum’s mission is to make the collection meaningful and attractive to a broad audience by presenting and interpreting the works of art through educational programs, special exhibitions, publications, conservation, and research.

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