Franciscan Arts Initiative – Docent Application

Docent Application

Volunteer Docent Role and Requirements

Docents are an important resource for the Franciscan Arts Initiative at Mount St. Francis.

As a ministry of a non-profit organization, the Franciscan Arts Initiative relies on a dedicated group of volunteers to lead tours, help with operations, and run our many diverse programs and events. All volunteers must go through a volunteer orientation which includes training on youth interaction and protection. Additional training may be required for specific volunteer assignments. Active volunteers are asked to record a minimum of 6 hours of work per month, throughout the year with a two-year commitment.

Docents are among the first people to directly interact with visitors. Docents are stationed throughout the Mary Anderson Center Gallery and other exhibit areas and events to answer questions about the exhibits and engage with visitors. Shift availability depends upon current needs.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct guided tours
  • Capable and willing to speak to groups of people of varying size; c. 5-25
  • Greet and welcome tour groups and visitors upon their arrival at the gallery or event.
  • Provide information to visitors and answer questions while stationed in specific areas.
  • Assist with special events, such as Music at the Mount and Cultivate.
  • Distribute literature regarding the Franciscan Arts Initiative and on-site programs.


  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Participate in a minimum of 2 three-hour shifts per month.
  • Have the desire to educate and inspire visitors to the gallery.
  • Capable of speaking to large groups.
  • Learn the history of the Franciscan Arts Initiative, Mary Anderson Gallery, and Artists.
  • Must be physically able to conduct tours as needed.
  • Participate in docent activities and training.
  • Have access to email for training and correspondence.
  • Must be able to provide their transportation.
  • Able to accept supervision and follow directions.
  • Prior knowledge or experience in arts volunteering is not required but would be an asset.