Volunteers are critical to the fulfillment of the Michener Art Museum’s mission. Support staff is utilized in various areas of the museum. The administrative offices need volunteers with basic office skills, including data entry; the galleries demand responsible, community oriented people; our charming shop needs to be stocked and maintained; our children’s art workshops, both on-site and offsite, need volunteers who enjoy nurturing the creative process; our education department seeks individuals who like to share their enthusiasm for art with others; and our expanding program offerings need special events hosts to ensure that our visitor’s experience at Museum events is a positive one.
Benefits of volunteering at the museum include:
- Sharing in the museum’s mission of preserving the cultural heritage of Bucks County
- Forging bonds between the museum and the community
- Discount at the museum shop and café
- Invitation to the annual Volunteer Recognition Evening
- Free admission to many Philadelphia area cultural sites during the month of April
- Free admission to Michener exhibition training programs
- Michener library privileges
Ann Silverman Award
In recognition and appreciation of our great volunteers and their support, we present annual awards in memory of Ann Silverman to the Volunteer, Docent and Junior Volunteer of the Year. View the list of previous award recipients.
Volunteering Opportunities & News
Teen service opportunities are available through our Counselor-in-Training program.
We are currently taking applicants for the Art for All Studio Art program.
Volunteer docent applications are now being accepted!
The new volunteer docent training course starts August 12, 2019 and will focus on training new docents to lead school tours.
Our dedicated corps of well-trained volunteer docents continues to be one of the Michener Art Museum’s most valuable resources. Docents welcome thousands of school group visitors to the galleries each year, inspiring children to enjoy and appreciate art.
Docent training is an ongoing art education class. After the initial eight-month training course, docents continue to learn and grow through a staff-led program that helps them stay up-to-date with the Michener Art Museum’s evolving collections and special exhibitions.
For more information and to receive an application please contact Melissa Easton-Sandquist, Community Programs & Group Visits Manager, at 215.340.9800 x124 or email [email protected]
Docents are a vital part of the museum community as they provide enriching and interactive tours for a variety of visitors, including children, adults, families and special interest groups. Volunteer docents provide tours to more than 10,000 children and adults annually. They conduct research, prepare background information on museum exhibitions and collections, and present their research at monthly training sessions. They are also active in presenting outreach slide talks in the community.
Since 1990 the museum has conducted an intensive docent training program featuring an ongoing series of lectures and workshops conducted by museum staff, educators, curators, art historians, area museum professionals, college faculty, and artists. The program offers docents life-long learning opportunities and camaraderie, and focuses on interpretive material related to exhibitions, art historical background, and museum education issues and techniques. Docents receive training in tour techniques and strategies for offering interactive tours for a variety of visitors.
More than 35 docents currently participate in the monthly seminars and training sessions, and enjoy periodic visits to area museums. Docents meet monthly on the first Tuesday of the month, and attend training sessions and museum trips throughout the year. Museum docents are active in regional and national docent associations, including the Greater Philadelphia Area Docent Consortium.
The Michener Art Museum offers credit and non-credit college internships for the summer. Projects have included work in one of the following departments: education, collections, visitor services, library and Bucks County Artist Database research project, and marketing and public relations. Internships require a minimum of 15 hours per week for two months and occur between the months of May and August, contingent on the intern’s college requirements and project availability.
Summer College Internship Program
The Michener Art Museum offers credit and non-credit college internships for the summer. Projects have included work in one of the following departments: education, collections, visitor services, library and Bucks County Artist Database research project, and marketing and public relations.
Internships require a minimum of 15 hours per week for two months and occur between the months of May and August, contingent on the intern’s college requirements and project availability. Credit and non-credit internships are non-paying.
All positions for Summer 2019 have been filled. View the list to see what positions are offered. Please check back for Summer 2020 opportunities!
We are also seeking responsible teen volunteers ages 14 to 18 to become Counselors-in-Training (CITs) at the Michener Art Museum’s many on-site and off-site summer camps. Volunteering at a Michener camp is a fun way to spend part of your summer and a great way to learn about art, education and art museums. You can also add valuable community service experience to your National Junior Honor Society, National Honor Society, resume and college applications.
For further information, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Kathryn Lathrop, at 215.340.9800 x117 or by e-mail.