The Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art is currently recruiting members of the community to participate in its volunteer docent program. The nine-week docent training course begins with an orientation on Monday, Feb. 3, from 10 a.m.-noon at RAFFMA. The date was changed from Jan. 27.
With the help of its docents, RAFFMA’s education and outreach program exposes more than 6,000 local school children to the arts every year through tours and classroom visits.
RAFFMA’s Docent Council was created to provide visitors with insightful and exciting experiences. The museum’s docents are especially unique, as they not only lead tours but also volunteer in special educational events, and attend field trips with museum staff to public art sites, museums, galleries and private art collections throughout Southern California.
Docents are trained on the permanent collection and then required to attend bi-monthly meetings to remain updated on temporary exhibitions. Training sessions will be held on Monday mornings Jan. 27-March 24 from 10 a.m.-noon and volunteers may also be asked to observe museum tours during additional hours. During the training session, docents will learn about various aspects of art, art theory and art history. Areas of emphasis include ancient art, origins and trends of contemporary art, and the history of ceramics.
For more information on how to join the Docent Council, contact RAFFMA’s Education and Outreach coordinator, Paige Taylor, at (909) 537-7783 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art is a nationally recognized museum accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, a Washington D.C.-based organization whose members must meet the highest standards in securing accreditation. It is the only accredited art museum in San Bernardino.
Over its 16-year history, RAFFMA has accumulated a permanent collection of nearly 1,200 objects focusing on Egyptian antiquities, ceramics and contemporary art. The museum houses the largest permanent and public display of Egyptian art in Southern California.
General admission to the museum is free. Suggested donation is $5. Parking at Cal State San Bernardino is $5 per vehicle.
The museum is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and is closed Friday and Sunday. For more information, call (909) 537-7373 or visit the RAFFMA website.