Reinvent Yourself: Ringling Museum Offers Informational Coffees for Aspiring Docents
SARASOTA, Fla. – (Feb. 6, 2006) -- Now is the time to pursue your passion for art by becoming a docent at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Florida’s State Art Museum. Those interested in applying for the Museum’s Docent Training Program are invited to attend an informational coffee on either February 22, 10 a.m.-12 noon, February 25, 1-3 p.m. or March 3, 3-5 p.m.
“I have always been fascinated by art history and love the Ringling Museum’s collection, but I didn’t realize the broad scope of the Ringlings’ legacy and how important they are to the area’s history,” said Barbara Sweeney, Ringling docent of 10 years. “It is hard to describe just how much enjoyment I get and give from leading tours at the Museum.”
Applicants are not required to have an art background, but skill in public speaking and teaching are a plus. In addition to docents, available volunteer opportunities include hospitality volunteers and weekend opportunities.
“Many of the people who take these courses know nothing about art, but want to be a part of the Ringling Museum – one of the America’s most prominent art museum destinations,” said Cathy Orchowski, head of Volunteer Services. “We dedicate tremendous staff time to our volunteer training, but as a result, we have highly competent tour guides and docents who exhibit not only incredible self-confidence, but also reflect pride in themselves and our Museum.”
Reservations for the informational coffees are required by calling or emailing Hollie Corbitt, 941.359.5700, ext. 3502, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Cathy Orchowski, 941.359.5700, ext. 3501, email@example.com. All RSVPs should include the individual’s full name, address and phone number. The 20-week course will begin July 19 and run Wednesdays, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., through December 13.
To learn more about this or other volunteer positions, contact the Museum today at 941.359.5700 ext. 3502, email firstname.lastname@example.org go to http://www.ringling.org/and select “Volunteers” on the home page. An application may be downloaded and faxed or mailed in to The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, Fl. 34243, attention: Volunteer Office.
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