What is a Museum Guide?
DAI’s Museum Guides are lively, lifelong learners who are uniquely trained to facilitate tours and programs for school groups as well as adults. Committed to enhancing visitor experience, Guides serve as a valued member of the Education team and are vital in accomplishing the DAI’s educational mission. Our Guides are passionate about the museum and the diverse cultures represented in its collection and throughout our community.
While the DAI welcomes applicants from all academic backgrounds and creative abilities, we have particular need for applicants with sincere enthusiasm and availability to lead school tours and work with school-aged children.
What Does a Museum Guide Do?
Museum Guides make an impact in the community by leading visitors of all ages in engaging experiences at the museum. Guides facilitate tours, support community programs, share their knowledge and enthusiasm, and foster art appreciation in youth and adults alike. They take a visitor-centered approach to leading tours and interacting with museum guests.
What Does the Training Program Involve?
New Guides first shadow a minimum of three tours in early Spring. Training occurs semimonthly, April through May. Training breaks for the summer and resumes in August, occurring semimonthly through May.
Training sessions are comprised of gallery teaching strategies, art history, and its application to the DAI collection. Following six months of training, new Guides shadow tours and then lead an independent tour which will be assessed by Museum Educators. When approved, new Guides will be asked to lead tours and support programs.
What Commitment is Required?
Upon successful completion of new Museum Guide training, a signed one-year commitment to the museum is required. All guides agree to provide 10 tours per year (15 preferred), which can be accomplished by signing up for opportunities, taking substitute requests, and accepting short notice requests. Guides are also required to support the Education team during our two largest events: Passport to Kindergarten and Oktoberfest. Ongoing Museum Guide training meets semimonthly, on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, August through May.
How to Apply
Please Note: Applications are not being accepted at this time due to COVID-19. Check back for updates about new classes.
If you’d like to learn more about the Museum Guide program, please contact Casey Goldman, Lead Museum Educator, at 937-223-5277, ext. 355 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.