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Foosaner Art Museum Seeks New Docents

01/16/2013

MELBOURNE, FLA.—The Foosaner Art Museum of Florida Institute of Technology is currently seeking new docents to conduct museum visits and tours for adults and children. Docents, whether by facilitating an engaging museum experience or by stimulating a dialogue with viewers, are the museum’s diplomatic ambassadors of knowledge.

Interested candidates will enjoy interacting with a wide variety of people and learning in depth about art, culture, and history. Previous experience is not required but a love of art and excellent communication skills are necessary. Curiosity and a sense of humor are also welcome.

New docents participate in an intensive seven-week training program that focuses on visitor interaction and tour techniques, and creates a culture of thinking. Docents receive ongoing education with each exhibition and are encouraged to attend museum lectures and gallery talks.

Docents are required to become museum members, work a minimum of four hours per month, and conduct adult and children’s tours. The 2013 training program begins Feb. 4 and continues through March 25. To learn more about the docent program and to meet current docents, come to a Docent Mixer/Recruiting Social on Monday, Jan. 28, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Museum Galleries. RSVP to Tama Johnson at (321) 674-8916 or by email johnsont@fit.edu

The Foosaner Art Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children and students with ID and free on Thursdays and always for Florida Tech faculty, staff and students with their ID.

About Florida Institute of Technology

Founded at the dawn of the Space Race in 1958, Florida Tech is the only independent, technological university in the Southeast. The university has been named a Barron's Guide “Best Buy” in College Education, designated a Tier One Best National University in U.S. News & World Report, and is one of just nine schools in Florida lauded by the 2012 Fiske Guide to Colleges and recognized by Bloomberg Businessweek as the best college for return on investment in Florida. A recent survey by PayScale.com ranks Florida Tech as the top university in Florida for salary potential. The university offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs. Fields of study include science, engineering, aeronautics, business, humanities, mathematics, psychology, communication and education. Additional information is available online at www.fit.edu.

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