The DAI Junior Docents programme targets youth between the ages of 13 and 16 and requires a two year commitment. Junior Docents are also required to commit to two 3 hour sessions per month, at least one on a Saturday. The programme builds on the docent programme. The initial training (15 hours over 10 sessions) remains the same, but Junior Docents will benefit from additional training opportunities, hence the 2nd 3 hour session per month. It is this 2nd session that we hope will make the programme exciting.
During the 1st six months every Junior Docent will have a one hour art history course and a two hour “museum science” course each month. The museum science courses, designed to introduce participants to many aspects of running a successful museum, include conservation, exhibition presentation, museum management, museum-based education and curating.
After completing the intro programme, each participant will pick two subjects as specialisations. Over the next 12 months, the participants will continue the art history course and spend six months working at least two hours per month in their first chosen subject and six months working in the second.
At the end of 18 months, the participants come back together as a group to plan, execute and manage an exhibition. The participants select the theme, acquire the objects, plan the best way to present them, prepare all the necessary support materials – including labels, posters, and brochures, install the objects per the plan, create an educational effort for 8 – 12 year olds, and manage the day-to-day operation of their exhibition.
If you are interested in learning more about the docent programme, please contact us.