Archived Docent Page - May 2012

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We Need You!

The University of Arizona Poetry Center seeks enthusiastic individuals to serve in its docent program helping to provide groups, institutions, and individuals with a positive and engaging introduction to the Poetry Center as a living archive. Docents encourage a love of language and advance a positive perception of poetry. Potential docents should feel comfortable with public speaking, leading discussions, and facilitating short activities with a variety of age ranges. While no prior experience with poetry is necessary, an interest in learning more about poetry and a sense of the value of public arts programming is required. You'll find more information about the program and a downloadable application here.

Mission Statement

Poetry Center docents provide groups and institutions with a positive and engaging introduction to the Poetry Center as a living archive. Docents encourage a love of language and advance a positive perception of poetry.

Vision Statement

Promote the living spirit of poetry as something that can heal, enrich, inspire, and sustain.

Serve as ambassadors of poetry and the Poetry Center.

Qualifications

Potential docents should feel comfortable with public speaking, leading discussions, and facilitating short activities with a variety of age ranges. While no prior experience with poetry is necessary, an interest in learning more about poetry and a sense of the value of public arts programming is required.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

Job responsibilities include planning, leading, and assisting with building tours, including tours of special exhibits, staffing informational booths at local events and the Poetry Center front desk on select Saturdays, speaking engagements, gift shop sales, and other ancillary related tasks. Docents will be required to keep current on Poetry Center exhibits through materials provided to them by library staff and incorporate these materials into tours.

Required Training

New docents are required to attend a eight-week course, History of the Poetry Center, taught through the Poetry Center’s Classes and Workshops program. The dates for the course in 2012 year are: Sept 4, 11, 25 (no class Sept 18) and October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. Class time is 6-8 p.m. New docents will shadow staff and experienced docents during tours and field trips and work towards creating their own tour, which they will lead and present to the docent group at the end of the fall semester. New docents will begin leading their own tours and field trips in the spring.
All docents meet once a month September through May for continued training, special guests, discussion groups that will help prepare members to create and lead their own tours, speaking engagements and other activities. The meeting dates for 2012-2013 are: September 6, October 18, Nov 8, Dec 6, Jan 10, Feb 7, March 7, April 18. Meeting time is 12:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Time Commitment

Poetry Center requires that docents commit to the program for 1 ½ years donating 10 hours per month to staffing Poetry Center programs.

Application Process

Interviews for the 2012-2013 season will be reviewed and accepted until June 1st, 2012. Click here to download the application as a PDF, and here to download it as a Word document.

Required Training

New docents are required to attend a eight-week course, History of the Poetry Center, taught through the Poetry Center’s Classes and Workshops program. New docents will shadow staff and experienced docents during tours and field trips and work towards creating their own tour, which they will lead and present to the docent group at the end of the fall semester. New docents will begin leading their own tours and field trips in the spring.

All docents meet once a month September through May for continued training, special guests, discussion groups that will help prepare members to create and lead their own tours, speaking engagements and other activities.

Benefits

Docents receive all the benefits extended to Poetry Center volunteers, and then some:

•  Continuing Education
•  Friendship and camaraderie
•  Name badge recognition for hours of service
•  Annual field trip

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