Become a Docent

Some of you are probably wondering, what is a docent? Well, the word docent has its root in the Latin, “docents,” meaning to teach. 

The YAM has an outstanding corps of specially trained and deeply committed volunteers. Docents lead tours, assist in the art studio, bring art appreciation to local schools (Art Suitcase), help with the Young Artists’ Gallery, and develop new programs. These volunteers are integral to education at the YAM. Additionally, our Docents are part of the National Docent Symposium Council which meets every other year. They serve on this council and go through intensive training in Visual Thinking Strategies.  

You are welcome to stop by one of our weekly meetings to check out this amazing program! All are welcome! No prior experience in art or education is needed, just an interest in learning.


Meetings held every Monday during the school year in the Education Studio from 10-12:00 noon



Take people on a journey; because they came because they are curious.
And our goal is to increase their wisdom about this part of culture.
                The purpose of a tour is to help them learn to explore  –
                 Find how to define art   –
                 Learn to ask essential questions –
We do it with honor because they have come here to think.  I am not going to tell them what to think.
I want to contribute to their intellectual growth and creativity
I want them to explore
“What does this artist want us to know before he left the piece?”

                                                                             –   Jean Posusta, YAM Docent



For more information please call the Education Director, Mary Serbe at 406-256-6804 x231.

Interested in becoming a docent