Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Docent Handouts

Hello Docents,

 

Thanks to those who attended today’s training! Attached are the handouts from today’s training and below are some websites with helpful information. Remember that you can purchase the Haub Family Collection catalogues at the Museum Store right now. They are 20% off for docents. Also, there are two copies of the catalogue in the docent section of the Gates Library for docents.  Remember to check out the two copies that are on the volunteer and docent shelves – not the hard cover books that are part of our permanent collection. You can check a book out by filling out the necessary information in the Volunteer Check Out Log. Please only borrow the book for a short period of time so your peers may also have the chance to borrow that book.

 

If you have any questions from today’s training, especially about Native Americans that are represented in the Haub Family Collection please email me. I will reach out to Laura Fry and our Haub Fellow, Asia Tail, to get answers.

 

Videos from Suzanne Ramljak’s lecture and all the docent trainings about the Haub Family Galleries will be available by November 12. If you haven’t been able to attend the last two trainings or next week’s training, I highly encourage you to purchase the Haub Family Collection catalogue and study the essays. This will prepare you for the opening of the galleries until the training videos are available.

 

http://store.samhsa.gov/product/American-Indian-and-Alaska-Native-Culture-Card/SMA08-4354

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gokstad_ship

http://www.khm.uio.no/english/visit-us/viking-ship-museum/exhibitions/gokstad/

 

 

Thanks!

 

Kara Bonavia | TACOMA ART MUSEUM

Public Programs and Volunteer Coordinator

 

T: 253.272.4258 x 3030

1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, Washington 98402

www.TacomaArtMuseum.org

 

 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Training Reminder

Hello Docents,

 

This is a reminder email that there is docent training tomorrow morning, October 29 at 10 am. We will be meeting in the Gates Library on time. Ryan will provide a 30 minute workshop on talking to museum visitors in the galleries and/or how to talk with museum visitors on tours. Then, Laura Fry, Samantha Kelly, and Asia Tail will be discussing Native Americans as represented in the Haub Family Collection of Western American Art. It is important that you come prepared tomorrow with questions that you may have pertaining to Native Americans and their portrayal in the Haub Family Collection.

 

Samantha will spend some time getting a sense of everyone’s comfort level and how familiar everyone is on this topic. It is important that we are honest with what we don’t know, what we want to know, and what we may be hesitant to say or not say on a tour. Asia, our new Haub Intern, will provide some basic information and will be on hand to answer any questions. This discussion will be recorded for online viewing of the docent trainings.

 

After our discussion, we will move down to the Haub Family Galleries and see 5-7 works of art that focus on Native Americans in the Haub Family Galleries. We will only be in the first and second galleries tomorrow. It’s important that everyone stay with the group and ask questions during training.

 

Also, docents can purchase the catalogue for the Haub Family Collection in the museum store. There is a soft cover version and hard cover version. Volunteers receive a discount in the museum store; remember to wear your volunteer badge to get the discount. There are two copies of the soft cover book in the docent section that you may borrow, and the permanent collection has two hard cover copies that you may use to  study while in the Gates  Library.

 

Thanks!

 

Kara Bonavia | TACOMA ART MUSEUM

Public Programs and Volunteer Coordinator

 

T: 253.272.4258 x 3030

1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, Washington 98402

www.TacomaArtMuseum.org

 

 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Haub Family Collection materials

Hello Docents,

 

Attached are the documents from today’s meeting and the list of all the artists in the Haub Family Collection of Western American Art. There are hard copies of all these documents in the Gates ARC back room with the other docent materials. If the room is locked during your docent shift, please note that you can ask security or Visitor Services to unlock the door for you or to borrow the key that unlocks the room. Just remember that the door needs to be locked after you’re done using the room. If you have any questions, please email me.

 

All the best,

 

Kara Bonavia | TACOMA ART MUSEUM

Public Programs and Volunteer Coordinator

 

T: 253.272.4258 x 3030

1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, Washington 98402

www.TacomaArtMuseum.org

 

 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Docent News

Hello Docents,

 

This is a reminder that we have docent training tomorrow at 10:30 am. We will be meeting in the Gates Library and then go on a gallery walkthrough of the Haub Family Galleries with Haub Curator Laura Fry. Please let me know if you will not be at tomorrow’s training – if you have not already done so.

 

This weekend the exhibition Protective Ornament: Contemporary Amulets to Armor opened in the Russell Gallery. Attached to this email is the checklist and wall text for Protective Ornament as well as the list of recent past exhibitions we’ve had at TAM about studio art jewelry. Suzanne Ramljak’s lecture was recorded on Sunday. I’ve asked to have the video ready for the docents in the next week or two. Also, the Museum Store is selling Suzanne’s hardcover book/exhibition catalog titled On Body and Soul for $45; which would provide detailed information on the exhibition, especially if you didn’t attend the lecture on Sunday.

 

Margaret Bullock informed me that Suzan Robb should be completing her hike in the next week barring major problems and along with that the Makerbot printer will be going back to Makerbot at the end of the month so there won't be any more 3-d printing in the gallery.  Curatorial will be changing that area in the gallery to make up for the printer’s absence.

 

Last but not least, I would like to have one more docent help lead the Rhodes tour tomorrow. Information is below:

               

Contact: Carol Barton

Company/Community/Group name: Roads Scholar, Seattle

Date and Time: Wednesday, October 22nd at 10:30 am

Number of Attendees: 24

Tour Type: Dale Chihuly

Museum Contact: Jeff x3035

 

Thanks!

 

Kara Bonavia | TACOMA ART MUSEUM

Public Programs and Volunteer Coordinator

 

T: 253.272.4258 x 3030

1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, Washington 98402

www.TacomaArtMuseum.org

 

 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Reminder: Docent training

Hello Docents,

 

This is a reminder that there is docent training tomorrow Wednesday, October 1, 10:30 am. Please meet in the Gates Art Resource Center before Marita Dingus’s lecture at 11 am that will take place in the Murray Family Event Space.

 

Also, we have two tours in the next few weeks that require another docent due to the large size of the groups. Please let me know if you would like to help lead one of these tours:

 

1.        School: TCC (college level)

Teacher Contact: Tamara Kuzmenkov, 253-566-5029, tkuzmenkov@tacomacc.edu

Date and Time: Thursday, October 16, 3 pm

Number of Students: 35              Chaperones: 1

Tour Type: Museum Overview

Museum Contact: Megan x3020

Concepts: Museum Overview, with emphasis on paintings and how to “look” at them.

Notes: Preferably two docents for group of 35; split group in half.  Tamara would like contact with docent(s) prior to tour to discuss what concepts she would like emphasized.

Docent: Karin Morris and need one more docent

 

2.       Contact: Carol Barton

Company/Community/Group name: Roads Scholar, Seattle

Date and Time: Wednesday, October 22nd at 10:30 am

Number of Attendees: 24

Lunch in Café: No

Tour Type: Overview

Museum Contact: Jeff x3035

Docent:  Barbara Beaver and need one more docent

 

 

Thanks!

 

Kara Bonavia | TACOMA ART MUSEUM

Public Programs and Volunteer Coordinator

 

T: 253.272.4258 x 3030

1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, Washington 98402

www.TacomaArtMuseum.org

 

 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Greetings and Updates from Samantha

Hello Docents,

 

I’ve enjoyed seeing you in the Museum and meeting you and connecting over the last few weeks. And I look forward to meeting and working with all of you. Please let me know when you are in the building, come say hello, and I’ll do the same.

 

There are many exciting things on the horizon for the Tacoma Art Museum, and as docents, you will be on the front lines. We are grateful for your continued commitment to helping us connect people through art! And there are so many connections to be made. We are working for you and with you to make sure you are in the know and feeling confident and ready to tour. I want to know your thoughts and opinions and welcome your feedback on the docent program and the experiences we are providing our visitors. My door is always open, and I hope you consider me a partner in your educational endeavors with TAM.

 

I also wanted to share with you a teaching resource I mentioned at the training on Wednesday. Rika Burnham and Elliott Kai-Kee are leading the conversation about gallery teaching with their book Teaching in the Art Museum: Interpretation as Experience. And, if you are interested and available, you can hear Elliott at a public lecture at the Seattle Art Museum next Thursday evening. He is amazing! Here’s the information:

 

Seattle Art Museum

Thursday, October 2, 2014 — 7 pm

Teaching in the Art Museum: A Public Lecture by Elliot Kai-Kee

Join SAM for a free public event featuring Elliot Kai-Kee, reknown education specialist from the J. Paul Getty Museum and author of Teaching in the Art Museum: Interpretation as Experience. Elliot will speak on the role of museums in building visual literacy, sharing best practices for teaching and learning from works of art.

 

https://tickets.seattleartmuseum.org/public/auto_choose_ga.asp?area=30

 

 

Thank you for sharing with us your time, talents, and enthusiasm. I look forward to many great things to come!

 

Best regards,

Samantha

 

 

 

Samantha Hightower Kelly | TACOMA ART MUSEUM

Director of Education

 

T: 253.272.4258 x 3038

1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, Washington 98402

www.TacomaArtMuseum.org

 

 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Reminder: Docent Training 9/24

Hello Docents,

 

This is a reminder that we have docent training next Wednesday, September 24 at 10:30 am. I know on the schedule that it says we will be in the Event Space, but I would like to meet in the Cheney Classroom. This training will be a workshop to go over tour techniques and tips. I will have a handout for us to review. Please come prepared with questions you may have about leading tours and questions you have about the tours you’ve lead or shadowed. This is a very important training, especially for new docents, so I hope to see you all there (except for the few who have spoken to me already about missing this training).

 

Thanks!

 

Kara Bonavia | TACOMA ART MUSEUM

Public Programs and Volunteer Coordinator

 

T: 253.272.4258 x 3030

1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, Washington 98402

www.TacomaArtMuseum.org

 

 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Docent Updates

Hello Docents,

 

Attached are updated checklists for Northwest in the West and the Kreielsheimer Foundation Alcove. Also, the Ink This! exhibition will close on October 19. You should have an easier time parking starting this Friday. I’ve also attached the agenda for today’s meeting along with the reading discussion guide. Please email me if you have any questions or concerns about some of these changes.

 

Thanks,

 

Kara Bonavia | TACOMA ART MUSEUM

Public Programs and Volunteer Coordinator

 

T: 253.272.4258 x 3030

1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, Washington 98402

www.TacomaArtMuseum.org

 

 

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Docent Training Tomorrow

Hello Docents,

 

This is just a reminder that there is docent training tomorrow Wednesday, September 10 at 10:30 am. We will be meeting in the Gates Art Resource Center at 10:30 for our book discussion. Please email me your book discussion question today and your artist write-ups if you haven’t already done so. If you haven’t read the book, but think you would benefit from the book discussion you may attend tomorrow’s training.

 

Please email me if you have any questions!

 

Thanks,

 

Kara Bonavia | TACOMA ART MUSEUM

Public Programs and Volunteer Coordinator

 

T: 253.272.4258 x 3030

1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, Washington 98402

www.TacomaArtMuseum.org

 

 

Thursday, September 04, 2014

School Tours

Hello Docents,

 

I’ve included the school tour educator schedule for those who would like to lead more tours and don’t mind speaking with a younger audience. If you are interested in helping/leading school tours please attend the trainings listed on the attached document and contact Ryan Branchini with any questions.

 

Thanks!

 

Kara Bonavia | TACOMA ART MUSEUM

Public Programs and Volunteer Coordinator

 

T: 253.272.4258 x 3030

1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, Washington 98402

www.TacomaArtMuseum.org

 

 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

New Schedules starting September

Hello Docents,

 

Starting next week, please start using your new schedules. Copies of the calendar are attached to this email. They have been updated on Volgistics this morning; please let me know if you have a questions or concern about your shift. For docents-in-training or any docent who would like to pick up another docent shift, the following shifts are available:

                2nd Saturday 12-4 pm

                3rd Saturday 12-4 pm

                5th Wednesday 12-4 pm

                5th Thursday 12-4 pm

                5th Saturday 12-4 pm

 

Also, this is a reminder that we have a docent training next Wednesday, September 3 at 10:30 am. We will meet in the Gates Art Resource Center and then head down to the galleries for the docent presentations. Please come prepared to talk about your assigned artists. If you have not received an artist to research but would like to do so, please email me.

 

Thanks!

 

Kara Bonavia | TACOMA ART MUSEUM

Public Programs and Volunteer Coordinator

 

T: 253.272.4258 x 3030

1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, Washington 98402

www.TacomaArtMuseum.org

 

 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Docent Tour on Thursday, August 21 at 11:30 am

Hello Docents,

The following tour was just booked, please let me know if you will be able to lead this tour or would like to shadow this tour:

Group Tour Info

Contact: Maxine Ferencz, (914) 762-1598
Date and Time: Thursday, August 21, 11:30am
Number of Attendees: 2
Lunch in Café: TBD
Tour Type: Chihuly Walking Tour
Museum Contact: Jeff x3035



Thanks!

Kara Bonavia
Public Programs and Volunteer Coordinator
Tacoma Art Museum
1701 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402
253-272-4258

Friday, August 08, 2014

Docent Tour

Hello Docents,

A tour was scheduled on Thursday, August 28. Please review the information below and let me know if you would be able to lead the tour. Thank you!



Contact: Maryetta Goes, (206) 930-2228

Date and Time: Thursday, August 28, 11:30am

Number of Attendees: 13-15

Lunch in Café: Yes, at 1:15pm

Tour Type: Overview with focus on Project 562

Museum Contact: Jeff x3035



Thanks!

Kara Bonavia
Public Programs and Volunteer Coordinator
Tacoma Art Museum
1701 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402
253-272-4258 x3030

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Docent Training tomorrow

Hello,

 

This is just a reminder that there is docent training tomorrow morning. We’ll meet in the Gates Art Resource Center at 10:30 am for docent business. Then, we’ll move over to the Bill and Bobby Street gallery for a walkthrough with Rock Hushka. This will not be a lunch & learn program, so it’ll just be docents participating in the gallery walkthrough.

 

Thanks!

 

Kara Bonavia | TACOMA ART MUSEUM

Public Programs and Volunteer Coordinator

 

T: 253.272.4258 x 3030

1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, Washington 98402

www.TacomaArtMuseum.org

 

 

Training Schedule

Hello Docents!

 

You’ll notice on the training schedule that there is a typo for a training in October. My apologies! It should read Friday, October 10. I’ve corrected the schedule and have attached it to this email. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns on upcoming trainings.

 

Thanks!

 

Kara Bonavia | TACOMA ART MUSEUM

Public Programs and Volunteer Coordinator

 

T: 253.272.4258 x 3030

1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, Washington 98402

www.TacomaArtMuseum.org