Are you interested in joining
the McMichael’s Volunteer Committee?
The McMichael Volunteer Committee is a dedicated team of McMichael members, from all walks of life, who share a passion for the arts and are committed to volunteerism. We organize events and raise funds, both to enhance the visitor experience and to support children’s education at the McMichael.
Joining the McMichael Volunteer Committee is a rewarding way to meet interesting people, learn more about the McMichael and about Canadian art, contribute to the community, develop your skills and interests helping with special events, participate in interesting excursions to other museums and galleries, and much much more.
Monthly meetings are often accompanied by exhibition tours, and are held at the gallery at 10:00am, one Monday a month from September to June.
Membership on the Volunteer Committee is $30 per year.
For additional information, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Grow your love of art!
The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is seeking enthusiastic, people-oriented individuals to join our dedicated team of docents – volunteers who share an interest in introducing children and adults to Canadian art, culture and history. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about our country, and to share your love of learning with visitors.
What does a docent do?
Docents lead interactive tours of our permanent collection and exhibitions, for McMichael’s student and adult groups. You can opt to work with kids, adults or both.
Generally, weekday docents conduct themed tours, for school groups from September to June, excluding school holidays. These tours are highly interactive and include hands-on activities. Docents are also involved in providing studio programs and general tours of the collection for adult groups. Weekday docents commit five hours a week to either observe or conduct tours, and one morning (every third Monday) a month from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for training.
Weekend docents are responsible for giving general tours to adult and special interest groups on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year. They also have a commitment to attend monthly training sessions held between September and June on every third Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
What type of training does a docent need?
New docents attend one-year-long provisional docent training sessions that introduce the McMichael’s permanent collection and basic touring techniques. While weekday docents train every third Monday, weekend docents attend sessions every third Saturday.
Provisional docents are also asked to follow tours conducted by experienced docents and/or gallery educators. Personal research on the topics covered in the training sessions is recommended.
The docents’ training sessions focus on art criticism, art history, aesthetics and art making related to the works of the Group of Seven and their contemporaries, and of First Nations and Inuit artists. Teaching and touring techniques are also discussed.
If you would like to learn more about this program, please contact our Recruitment Chair, Denny Starritt at email@example.com, or leave a message on the volunteer line: 905.893.1121 ext. 2269