Heard Museum annual docent training to begin Oct. 6

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Be the portal through which Heard Museum visitors view its many fascinating exhibits by becoming a qualified member of the Heard Museum’s docents, called Las Guias (or, “The Guides”).

An informational meeting about docent service and the required training classes to become a docent will be 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4, in the Encanto Room at the museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., in Phoenix.

The annual training class, after successful completion of which docents may begin giving museum tours, begins Oct. 6 and continues each Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with no classes held Dec. 22 or 29, through April 26. To receive an application, write to lead class facilitator Jim Szabo at jimszabo3@yahoo.com.

The class meets at the museum.

Prospective docents are taught about the museum’s exhibits, American Indian culture, history and art, and hone their skills at describing the art works on display, according to a press release. Through lecture, video, reading, guest speakers, discussion and field trips, students gain a thorough knowledge of the history, culture and art of the American Indians of the Southwest.

They also receive special training in cultural sensitivity and in presentation skills for museum guests of all ages, the release stated.

The instructor will be Jaclyn Roessel, the Heard’s director of education and public programs. The newly trained docents will begin giving tours in mid-2016 and must commit to giving a minimum of 30 tours per year for at least two years after completing the course, according to the release.

To be eligible for Las Guias, one must first be enrolled as a member of the Heard Museum Guild. The $225 class fee also covers the cost of a required criminal background check, stated the release.

For more information about Las Guias, visit http://www.heardguild.org/museum-guides.

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