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

 

 

Friday, August 01, 2014

Need 2-3 Docents for Tour on August 9

Hello,

 

I still don’t have any docents to lead a Dale Chihuly Walking tour on Saturday, August 9 at 10:30 am. There will be 37 participants in the group, so I need at least 2 docents (prefer to have 3) to lead this group. Please help!

 

Contact: Scott Brodsky, (603) 673-0640

Company/Community/Group name: Country Heritage Tours

Date and Time: Saturday, August 9th, 10:30am

Number of Attendees: 37

Tour Type: Chihuly Walking Tour

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

 

 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Docent Training Schedule

Hello Docents,

 

Attached is the docent training schedule from September through December 2014. You may view and download this training schedule on Volgistics. Notice that all trainings are required. There are three trainings that are in bold – these trainings are gallery walkthroughs of the new Haub Family Galleries. It is very important that you try to attend all of these trainings. Please email or call if you have questions about specific trainings or can’t attend a 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, July 30, 2014

Docent News

Hello Docents!

 

Sorry for the long email, but I wanted to update everyone on docent business and some education department news.

 

First, our new Education Director, Samantha Kelly, is visiting us this week. She officially starts Tuesday, August 19. Please don’t hesitate to introduce yourself to Samantha if you see her around the museum tomorrow or Friday. You will all have a chance to meet Samantha when she attends our docent training and meeting in September. Here is an excerpt about Samantha from the Museum’s Director, Stephanie Stebich:

 

“I am delighted to share with you that Samantha Kelly has accepted our offer to join the team as our new Director of Education. She is highly qualified for the position with her almost seven years of notable achievements at the Birmingham Museum of Art as Curator of Education, a comparable title to ours. There she and her team developed and launched their nationally acclaimed new family galleries as well as created dynamic programming including the introduction in 2008 of “Bart the Art Bat” campaign to brand museum educational programming for families.  Through these efforts and others, family attendance increase dramatically by 850% over four years there, significant new grant funding was secured and revenue enhanced for paid programming.  Samantha is well regarded by her peers as demonstrated by her selection as “Southeastern Region Art Museum Educator of the Year” by the National Art Education Association in March 2014 and “Alabama Art Museum Educator of the Year” by the Alabama Education Association in October 2013.

 

Prior to the Birmingham Museum of Art, she worked at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts from July 2003 to July 2007 as Assistant Curator of Education for Adult Programs, at the Newcomb Art Gallery at Tulane University from January 2000 to June 2003, and at the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH as School and Community Outreach Assistant from July 1996 to May 1998.  She is a graduate of Emory University with a BA in Art History and minor in Anthropology and earned an MA in Art History from Tulane University.”

 

Second, I know I said that your new volunteer docents shifts would start in August, but I haven’t received responses from everyone about signing up for volunteer shifts. Your new shifts will start in September. If you’ve already made plans to come in for your new shift in August, please feel free to do so. We’ve had some great visitors in the summer afternoons, plus there’s always time to do more research on the current exhibitions in the Gates Art Resource Center. Please give me a call or email me if you have any concerns about this change.

 

Next, the back room in the Gates Art Resource Center has gone through a little renovation. I think I emailed photos of the changes last week – please let me know if you didn’t receive them! The docent binders and resources have not moved, but I wanted you to be aware of the changes so you’re not completely shocked when you see it.

 

Also, the next docent training is next Wednesday, August 6 at 10:30 am. This training will be a gallery walkthrough with Rock going over the new setup for Dale Chihuly at Tacoma Art Museum. This is the only training schedule for August. Please spend at least one docent shift on a job shadowing opportunity with your trainee or mentor. Let me know if you don’t know what should happen during this job shadow.

 

Last but not least, this is a reminder that I will be out of town starting next Thursday and won’t be back in the office until Thursday, August 28. I will be answering emails and voicemails during my absence and can manage the volunteer schedule through Volgistics.

 

Please feel free to call me or email me if you have any questions or concerns about volunteering or docent-ing at the museum.

 

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, July 24, 2014

Updates to the Gates Art Resource Center

Hello,

 

Attached are pictures of the updated back room in the Gates Art Resource Center. You’ll notice that everything fits in the back room and it feels like there’s more space. We’ll be making some more updates to the archive files in the next month, along with photos and slides. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns regarding these updates! If you are interested in moving the files or organizing the photos or slides, please let me know. You don’t need to sign up for a volunteer shift on Volgistics to help with these projects.

 

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, July 18, 2014

Docent Training Schedule

Hello Docents,

 

This is a reminder that there is docent training next Wednesday, July 23 at 10:30 am. We will meet in the Gates Art Resource Center to discuss docent business, and then head down to the Murray Event Space for Laura’s lecture over Sculpture in the American West. Please let me know if you will not be able to attend this training, if you have not already done so.

 

Also, there will only be one training in August. Rock Hushka will provide a gallery walkthrough of Dale Chihuly at Tacoma Art Museum on Wednesday, August 6 at 10:30 am. Please meet in the Gates Art Resource Center at 10:30 am, and then we will meet Rock in the Bill and Bobby Street Gallery for the guided walkthrough at 11 am. This training will not be a Lunch & Learn program.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions J

 

Thanks and have a great weekend!

 

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, July 16, 2014

Docent Meeting this morning

Hello Docents,

 

We had another roundtable discussion over changes to the docent program this morning. A few important items were addressed and some more questions were asked. Please email me if you have any questions or concerns.

 

1.       Please see attached results to the docent questionnaire. Feel free to email or call me if you have any questions. I thought it best to share the concerns that were mentioned in the questionnaire, since many of you might feel the same way.

2.       Starting in August all docents shifts will be from 12-4 pm. Please let me if you have questions or concerns. I understand that not every docent can work a four hour shift. If that’s the case we can amend your shift to 12-3 pm.   

3.       All docents will need to re-sign up for two docent shifts a month. I will email each docent (individually) to discuss the new calendar. I will ask you to pick your new dates in order of seniority.

4.       Starting this fall, all docent trainings will be required. You will need to let me know if you cannot make a docent training that is listed on the schedule. Docent training types include, but are not limited to: curator lectures, docent discussions, docent presentations, book discussions, guest speaker and lectures. Docent trainings will be scheduled on Wednesdays only. I might need to schedule a docent training on a Friday from time to time, but I would give you plenty of notice.  (Saturday trainings didn’t work – hardly any docents showed up. I can’t manage docent trainings on Third Thursdays, because I have programming to oversee those evenings. We can’t have evening trainings because we aren’t allowed to use the museum after 6 pm; security and visitor services would need to be staffed and we don’t have the resources.) I will try to work more closely with communications to get any and all docent trainings recorded.

5.       I will start assigning mentors their mentees next week. By Friday, I will email you the list of possible mentors and all mentees. I will include email addresses for all involved. I will need your pick by next Wednesday morning. I’ll include more information in my email later this week.

6.       We will begin having public tours on every Saturday at 1 pm and 3 pm. There will be a sign up procedure for these tours. The tour will be the General Museum Overview tour.

7.       I will have a final docent training schedule for the month of August by this Friday and I will email it to you at my earliest opportunity. I’m currently working on some of the Lunch & Learns and cannot confirm a few more dates in September, October, November, and December.

8.       Docents at today’s meeting suggested combining the docent program with the school tour educator program. Since this was suggested and more of question than anything else, I’ve created a questionnaire to gage how you all feel about this. Please click on the following link to take the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MHJN9RF

9.        I welcome any suggestions for peer-to-peer learning.

 

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