If you have ever listened to a free public tour at the Whitney Museum, you already have an idea of what it means to be a Whitney docent. Docents welcome and engage visitors by giving extended introductory tours of current exhibitions and providing interpretive insights and historical context to the works of art on view.
Whitney docents volunteer their time. They come from a range of backgrounds, from recent college graduates, to working professionals, retirees, artists, and stay-at-home parents, and range in age from their 20s to their 80s. All docents participate in a rigorous training program covering modern American art history and theory as well as object research, analysis, and presentation tips and methods. Ongoing enrichment, professional development, and community-building are also integral parts of the Docent Program.
The program is currently closed to new applicants. If you are interested in being considered in a future training class, an e-mail to DocentProgram@whitney.org will automatically keep your contact information on file and you will be contacted when a new class is being formed. Typically this is every 4-6 years.