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Volunteer Docents

Docent tours

Docents are dedicated volunteers who are passionate about art, learning, and community. They facilitate tours and guided conversations about Sheldon’s collection and special exhibitions for diverse audiences, including “Sculpture in Context,” a Lincoln Public Schools program for students in the fifth grade.

One needs no prior experience with teaching and art to be a docent. Sheldon educators provide a formal docent training course each year to prepare volunteer docents for leading discussions about art. Fall training is held in August and September, and Spring training is in January; there are also monthly training days for continued education and discussions of exhibitions and inquiry-based teaching strategies.

Being a docent requires commitment, but the experience comes with rich rewards!

For more information about Sheldon's volunteer docent program or to apply, please contact Jackie Spackman, assistant curator of engagement, at jspackman@unl.edu or 402-472-2092.

The information hub for current docents can be found here.