National Volunteer Week Day 5: Why I'm a Docent

Fri, May 2, 2008

The National Volunteer Week blog-a-thon continues today with comments from members of our inimitable docent team. Thanks to Tracie McCambridge, Educator for Docent and Teacher Programs, for compiling the comments.

Why am I a docent?

"I love to see art, to make art, to think about art. Sharing my passion for art is a joy."-- Joan Tallan

"I volunteer for selfish reasons: I love to provoke, prod, ponder and occasionally pontificate about art. I love the sheer joy and challenge of the place, sometimes maddening, always stimulating."--Susie Gerald

"Being a Wexner Center Docent is like hitching your heart to a star -- everything is brighter and full of wonder."--Carole Dale

"I look forward to the exhilarating, exciting, funny and sometimes frustrating exchange of ideas, questions and comments from the young people as I take them through the galleries, as well as around the building and grounds, discussing the art, architecture and history of the Wexner Center for the Arts."--Joan Folpe

"I volunteer at the Wexner Center because I enjoy seeing children and adults respond to contemporary art. It's a "high" for me when their perceptions as well as my own really expand."-- Herb Gross

"When we relocated to Columbus 14 years ago, the first thing I wanted to be part of as a volunteer was an Art Museum, as I had been a Docent at the DIA in Detroit. I have been learning about and touring our ever changing shows happily ever since."--Jeri Sutton

"As a Wexner Center docent for the last 15 years I have become acquainted with and enriched by hundreds of artists and their work. It has been very exciting to share this experience with thousands of people ages 7 to 70; to hear them engage with the art and to see their eyes light up with wonder." --Gisela Vitt

"I am a Wexner docent because on every tour at least one kid makes a unique comment about the art that gives me pause, brings me up short, makes me laugh, breaks my heart, or takes my breath away. It's the best job I have ever had, volunteer or paid, for the pure spontaneous drama of the human condition."--Becky Lowther

The Wexner Center Education Team would also like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the entire docent team for their commitment and hard work to the docent program.

Hateship Loveship

Join us on May 2 as director Liza Johnson introduces a special advance screening of her new film Hateship Loveship (starring Kristen Wiig).

Saintseneca

No tickets remain for Columbus-based indie-folk band Saintseneca, who will celebrate their Dark Arc album release at the Wex on Apr 19.