Friday, July 24, 2015

Docent Training Updates

Dear Docents,

 

It was great to see many of you at our training with Barbara Johns on Wednesday. What an inspiring talk! We will be purchasing copies of Barbara’s book, Signs of Home, for the Gates Library and docent resource room.

 

I appreciate the quick feedback you all shared regarding the training schedule and needs for the docent program. As we move through staff transitions, I will be managing the docent training curriculum to ensure that you all feel educated, inspired, and prepared to empower our visitors to have personally meaningful experiences with our exhibitions and collections. To do that, we will look for a rich balance between access to the curators and other scholar experts matched with more hands-on techniques training for bringing that great information to our visitors in useful ways.

 

I will also be sending out a survey to assess best days, times, and strategies for effective docent training. Once we get your responses we will solidify the training schedule for September – December! Stay tuned for details and dates.

 

In the meantime, I want to get the next two training dates on your calendar:

 

Thursday, July 30, 1:00-2:00pm

Art AIDS America Presentation from HANC

Project Manager Bertram Johnson from the Legacy Project, of the Office of HIV/ADIS Network Coordination (HANC) at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle will discuss the current research on vaccine and clinical treatment research being conducted at the labs in Seattle. One of the projects includes work with Timothy Brown, known as the Berlin patient—the only individual thought to HIV eradicated from his body. He will also speak about his role as a connector between diverse communities and the research scientists.

 

Wednesday, August 12, 10:30am-12:00pm

Annual Exhibition Overview and Planning Session

Please join us to learn more about the exhibitions planned for the year (October 2015 – July 2016), to review results from docent survey, and discuss proposed docent training schedule and strategies.

 

Please note: there will not be training on Wednesday, August 5.

 

Let me know if you have any questions. I look forward to seeing you at TAM soon!

 

Thanks,

Samantha

 

 

 

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Docent Updates

Hi docents,

 

A few updates and Samantha will also be sending an email…

 

 

UPDATES:

·         Library Books—Last meeting, it was mentioned that it would be beneficial to borrow books from the library. Of course you can borrow books from the volunteer shelf at any time (I just added two copies of the Shimomura catalogue, and more resources are coming soon). You may also register as educators and borrow books from the teacher resources part of the library. In terms of the main collection, let’s keep this on a case by case basis for now, and just email me if you are interested in a specific book loan. Similarly if you think we should buy certain books to add to the volunteer loaning shelves, let me know.

·         New Videos Available—The TAM Symposium video is now available on TAM’s website and on the docent vimeo page (http://vimeo.com/album/3138244   tamdocent123). Rock’s Shimomura presentation can only be watched on the volunteer computer on admin. It is located on the desktop and you can stop by to watch it anytime at Kara’s old desk. I also checked and the old Hide/Seek videos are still up on vimeo if anyone is interested in reviewing them.

 

REQUESTS:

·         WWU Alumni Association Group Tour

Saturday, October 17th, 11am-12pm

~50 Attendees

Art of the American West

1-2 docents needed

 

 

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

July 22nd Docent Training Update

Hi all,

 

A quick update. Please consider joining us after the next docent training for an HIV 101 lecture by our partner organization PCAF beginning at 12pm. This will likely be a useful training in relation to the upcoming exhibition Art Aids America. There will be a pizza lunch provided, so please RSVP to me if you plan on attending.

 

Asia

 

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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Docent Updates and Requests

Hi Docents!

 

A few updates, requests, and reminders. You’ll notice some requests are URGENT!

 

UPDATES:

·         Canceled Tour—The WWU Alumni Tour that was scheduled for July 18th has been moved to October 17th. On the event calendar there were no docents listed, but I wanted to let you all know in case anyone had signed up with Kara and I hadn’t heard about it. If you were signed up for this tour, you might consider leading one of the tours below instead.

·         Docent Training, July 22nd, 10:30-12pm—Barbara Johns will be presenting on Fujii, Nomura, and Tokita specifically related to their work during wartime, in conjunction with our Roger Shimomura exhibition.

·         Trends Watch—I have attached the Trends Watch Report we discussed briefly at the last training. It is a great resource for anyone interested in museums.

 

REQUESTS:

 

·         URGENT! Tech Wizards-STEM Afterschool Group

Thursday, July 16th, 6pm-7pm (third Thursday)

20-25 Attendees, varying ages

Museum Overview w/tech focus

Interested in exploring connections between art, science, and technology (Wild Times, Explorers, Chihuly’s glass, etc, might be great objects to explore on this tour).

Docent needed. Please email me if you can lead this group tour! I am happy to discuss possible tour themes and connections.

 

·         WWU Alumni Association Group Tour

Saturday, October 17th, 11am-12pm

~50 Attendees

2 docents needed (unless someone is comfortable leading the entire group alone)

Art of the American West

 

Best,

 

Asia

 

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Asia Marie Tail

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Roger Shimomura: An American Knockoff

Hello Docents,

 

Attached are the documents curatorial has provided me for Roger Shimomura: An American Knockoff. Please let me know if you have any troubles opening these attachments.

 

Thanks!

 

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Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Education Staff Updates

Dear Docents,

 

On the eve of our annual volunteer appreciation dinner, my heart is full. Again, I want to extend my warm and heartfelt thanks for all that you do. We are a stronger and better museum because of your time, talents, and creative energy. This year 198 of you volunteered 9,674 hours, which is the equivalent of 4.7 fulltime staff members – a phenomenal contribution valued at $233,167! It is a pleasure to celebrate your accomplishments, and we missed those of you who were unable to join us.

 

I also wanted to share some updates on our education department staffing. I am thrilled to announce that Asia Tail will continue her tenure at TAM as the new Education Assistant. Asia proved her strong work ethic during her tenure as Haub Fellow, when she produced labels for the Haub Family Galleries, conceived and created the Contemporary Native Voices project http://www.tacomaartmuseum.org/voices/, and developed teacher resources and tour materials related to the collection. During staffing transitions in the Education Department, she has been assisting with program implementation, conducting tours, and teaching our afterschool art program.

 

As Education Assistant, Asia will handle all aspects related to scheduling tours, maintaining volunteer records and scheduling volunteers, communications from the museum, assisting with program logistics, maintaining education spaces (ie: Gates Library, TAM Studio, interactive stations in the galleries), and generally ensuring that the education department continues running smoothly. For volunteers, she will be your primary point of contact with the museum, so expect to hear from her soon. You can reach her directly at ATail@TacomaArtMuseum.org, and she will have Kara’s phone extension 253-272-4258 ext. 3030 to help the transition be as smooth as possible.

 

We have just posted a new position of Educator for Adult Learning, and we hired a new Educator for Youth Learning who will start later this summer. More details on both to follow. Once we hire this last vacant position we will finally be fully staffed and better able to serve you and help you continue the great work you do.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns during our ongoing transitions. As always, we are here for you!

 

With deepest appreciation,

Samantha

 

 

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Thursday, June 04, 2015

Docent Updates and Reminders

Hello TAM Docents,

 

This is a reminder that we have docent training next Wednesday, June 10th at 10:30 am. We will meet in the Murdock Classroom before heading down to the Event Space for Rock’s lecture. Rock will be speaking about the upcoming exhibition Roger Shimomura – An American Knockoff. This exhibition will be on view in the Annette B. Weyerhaeuser Gallery and it will open on Saturday, June 20th.

 

I’ve attached MD’s paper on Caitlin to this email. Laura really liked the paper and thought it would be helpful for the docents in regards to the Haub Family Collection of Western American Art. Myles has uploaded all the docent training videos. I believe he’s still waiting for Agapita Lopez’s PowerPoint presentation before that video gets uploaded. A few docents and a curator mentioned that it would be a good idea for the docents to discuss Bill Schenck’s lecture (which should be posted on the training videos page) at the next docent training. Please try to watch the lecture at home if you didn’t go to the lecture last month.

            Website for videos: https://vimeo.com/album/3138244/sort:preset/format:detail

            Password for website: tamdocent123

 

Please RSVP if you haven’t already for the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on Tuesday, June 9th at 6 pm. The theme is “Thank you for helping us grow!” and it’s a garden party inspired by the Eloquent Objects exhibition. I will be wearing flowers and hope to see others wearing flowers, too!

 

We have been offered a free docent led tour at LeMay America’s Car Museum on Thursday, June 18 at 10:30 am. Please let me know if you will be able to attend this tour and if you do, you should plan to arrive at TAM around 10 am before heading to ACM.

 

As always, please email me if you have any questions. Get outside and enjoy this beautiful weather!

 

Thanks!!

 

TAM TACOMA ART MUSEUM

 

Kara Bonavia

Volunteer Services Coordinator

 

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Docent Updates and Reminders

Hi TAM Docents,

 

Reminder that we have a docent training this upcoming Wednesday, May 27th. We will be discussing the book My Antonia by Willa Cather. Remember to send me a discussion question for this training if you haven’t already!

 

There are a few tours the next two weeks that need docents. Please email me if you can lead one of the below tours:

 

Company/Community/Group name: BCRA

Date and Time: Thursday, May 28th, 6:00 pm and 6:30 pm

Number of Attendees: ~50

Tour Type: Eloquent Objects: Georgia O’Keefe and Contemporaries

Museum Contact: Amy or Hannah

Docent:  NEED

Notes: One tour should begin at 6:00 pm and the other docent should lead a tour at 6:30 pm.

 

Contact: Debby Grant, (425) 670-5055

Company/Community/Group name: Lynwood Senior Center

Date and Time: Tuesday, June 2nd @ 10:30 am

Number of Attendees: ~ 15

Lunch in Café: Will be having lunch in café. They will be breaking into smaller groups to accommodate size of café. Kari will contact group week before to get exact numbers.

Tour Type: O’Keeffe

Docent:  NEED

 

 

Thanks!

 

TAM TACOMA ART MUSEUM

 

Kara Bonavia

Volunteer Services Coordinator

 

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Group Tour on Saturday, May 23 at 3 pm

Hello TAM Docents,

 

There is a group tour this Saturday, May 23rd at 3 pm. Please let me know if you can come in to lead this tour!

 

Contact: Karen Alexander Brown, 503-330-2064

Company/Community/Group name: Portland Art Museum

Date and Time: Saturday May 23rd, 3 pm

Number of Attendees: 4

Lunch in Café: NO

Tour Type: Northwest in the West

DocentNEED

 

Thanks!

 

TAM TACOMA ART MUSEUM

 

Kara Bonavia

Volunteer Services Coordinator

 

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Tour Tomorrow Night

Hi Docents,

 

I still need one more docent to help lead the following tour:

 

Company/Community/Group name: Wells Fargo Group

Date and Time: Thursday, May 21st, 6:00 pm

Number of Attendees: ~50

Tour Type: Eloquent Objects: Georgia O’Keefe and Contemporaries

Museum Contact: Amy or Hannah

Docent:  NEED 1

Notes: One tour should begin at 6:00 pm and the other docent should lead a tour at 6:15 pm.

 

Please let me know if you can help lead it with Terry.

 

Thanks!

 

TAM TACOMA ART MUSEUM

 

Kara Bonavia

Volunteer Services Coordinator

 

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Need a docent tomorrow!

Hello TAM Docents,

 

I still need a docent for tomorrow’s tour. Please review the information below and confirm with me by email if you can take the lead!

 

Contact: Emy Lyle, 253-627-9128

Company/Community/Group name: Jay Ray

Date and Time: Friday, May 15th @ 12:30 pm

Number of Attendees: ~11

Lunch in Café: Lunch in Café please reserve a spot for 10 at 11:30 am

Tour Type: O’Keeffe

Docent:  NEED

 

 

 

SAVE THE DATE! The Annual Volunteer Appreciate Awards Dinner is on Tuesday, June 9 from 6-7:30 pm. More information to follow this week.

 

Thanks!

 

TAM TACOMA ART MUSEUM

 

Kara Bonavia

Volunteer Services Coordinator

 

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

URGENT Tour Requests

Hello TAM Docents,

 

I have some urgent tour requests below. Please review and let me know if you can lead any of the tours below.

 

Contact: Ruth Ann Hatchett 253-961-3649 or 253-864-7556 (contact Amy or Hannah first, please)

Company/Community/Group name: League of Women Voters of Tacoma-Pierce County

Date and Time: Thursday, May 14 @ 6:45-8:00pm

Number of Attendees: TBD but likely 40-55

Tour Type: Eloquent Objects

Docent:  NEED. First tour is from 7-7:25 pm and second tour is from 7:30-7:55 pm.

Notes: Their event begins at 6pm with cocktails and remarks.

 

 

Contact: Emy Lyle, 253-627-9128

Company/Community/Group name: Jay Ray

Date and Time: Friday, May 15th @ 12:30 pm

Number of Attendees: ~11

Lunch in Café: Lunch in Café please reserve a spot for 10 at 11:30 am

Tour Type: O’Keeffe

Docent:  NEED

 

 

Contact: Jay Hansen, (206) 251-1005

Company/Community/Group name: Vashon Community Care Facility

Date and Time: Thursday, May 21st @ 1:00 pm

Number of Attendees: ~ 12

Lunch in Café: Group will be brining lunch from home but would like to eat in atrium at 12:00pm.

Tour Type: O’Keeffe & Chihuly

Docent:  NEED

Notes: VS staff please set aside the four wheelchairs for members of the group to use upon arrival.

 

           

Company/Community/Group name: Wells Fargo Group

Date and Time: Thursday, May 21st, 6:00 pm

Number of Attendees: ~50

Tour Type: Eloquent Objects: Georgia O’Keefe and Contemporaries

Museum Contact: Amy or Hannah

Docent:  NEED 2

Notes: One tour should begin at 6:00 pm and the other docent should lead a tour at 6:15 pm.

 

 

SAVE THE DATE! The Annual Volunteer Appreciate Awards Dinner is on Tuesday, June 9 from 6-7:30 pm. More information to follow this week.

 

Thanks!

 

TAM TACOMA ART MUSEUM

 

Kara Bonavia

Volunteer Services Coordinator

 

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Thursday, May 07, 2015

Group Tour Tomorrow

Hi Docents,

 

There is a group tour scheduled tomorrow at 12:30 pm. It’s a small group that wants a tour of Eloquent Objects. Please review your schedules and let me know if you can lead this tour!!

 

Contact: Shayla Urie, (206) 774-5393

Company/Community/Group name: Fred Lind Manor

Date and Time: Friday, May 8thh @12:30 pm

Number of Attendees: ~10

Lunch in Café:

Tour Type: O’Keeffe

Docent:  NEED

 

Thank you!!

 

TAM TACOMA ART MUSEUM

 

Kara Bonavia

Volunteer Services Coordinator

 

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