December 03, 2012

Volunteer Recruitment Opens at J. Paul Getty Museum

Applications due January 4 for positions as Volunteer Docents


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Julie Jaskol
Getty Communications
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A Young Scholar and his Tutor, about 16291630. Dutch. Workshop of Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn. Oil on canvas.
J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES—The J. Paul Getty Museum is recruiting volunteer docents to lead gallery tours at both the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades and the Getty Center in Brentwood.

Gallery docents lead tours of the permanent collection and special exhibitions for both K-12 student groups and the general public. K-12 tours are offered during the week, focusing on thoughtful discussions about works of art, geared to students at a variety of levels.  Daily tours for the general public focus on highlights, themes and areas of the collection and special exhibitions, and are offered on weekends as well as weekdays.

Docents work one four-hour shift each week or every other weekend, and commit to a rigorous period of training before beginning work in the galleries.  The ideal candidate has an arts background, a genuine interest and enthusiasm for the visual arts, and is comfortable working with audiences of all ages. The Getty welcomes applications from all interested volunteers able to make the commitment to share their love of the visual arts with others.

Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on January 4, 2013.  For more information and to submit an application, visit

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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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