The Museum Docent Association
Museum Docents provide guided tours of our permanent collections, special exhibitions and planetarium shows for school children, church groups, and other visitors. These specially trained Museum ambassadors help visitors better understand and enjoy their visit. Docents receive on-going training for changing exhibitions, as well as permanent collections.
Docents receive in-depth training about the Museum collections and have the chance for a "first look" at most temporary exhibitions. Travel opportunities are also available, as the Docent Association plans one or two educational road trips each year to various museums and galleries.
Docent training will begin in August. Anyone who is interested in becoming a Docent is welcome to follow a tour and see first-hand how a Docent educates a group. To arrange this experience, or for more information, please call the Curator of Education at (812) 425-2406. Step into the Docent circle!
At EMAHS, our Docents lead children and adults on educational adventures that are designed to complement the classroom experience and bring the Museum to life. Enthusiastic individuals who are willing to volunteer their time are always needed for our continuing efforts to enhance Museum education.
Major Technology Grant Awarded From
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana
The Museum is pleased to announce that Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana (TMMI) has awarded a 30,000
grant for an exciting project. Director of development Susan Washburn, docent president Cindy Warren, and past president Cheryl Marshall prepared the grant proposal. Museum trustee Tom Witten served as a key advisor and notified the Museum of the grant award.
The funded project, which will provide wireless internet for the entire Museum and new network capability for the Museum’s computers, will be called The Toyota Interactive Museum Experience. The grant will make operational an educational video project produced during a year-long partnership between the Evansville Museum, Ivy Tech Community College, the EvansvilleVanderburgh School Corporation, and the Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center. Over 7,500 hours in planning, video production and editing have been donated by the schools. Members of the Museum’s Docent Association have volunteered over 300 hours to the project.
The Toyota Interactive Museum Experience will allow Museum visitors smart phone access to videos in which the Museum’s docents, curators, and visiting artists discuss the work of art or historical artifact that the visitor is viewing in the gallery. The grant will fund the purchase of 15 hand held devices for school students and visitors to borrow during their time at the Museum.
To view a sample Toyota Interactive Museum Experience video, scan this QR code.
Evansville Museum Docents Selected to Present at the National Docent Symposium in San Francisco
The Evansville Museum Docent’s presentation of “The Toyota Interactive Museum Experience” has been selected by the National Docent Symposium as an educational opportunity for other museum docents. Our program will be presented by Cheryl Marshall, art chair of the Docent Association, and Susan Washburn, director of development.
Other presenters include docents from the Art Institute of Chicago, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the California Academy of Sciences. This is an opportunity for the Evansville Museum Docents to share the video project with other museum docents from many outstanding institutions.
The attendees include our presenters, along with Cindy Warren, docent president.