Friday, November 21, 2014

Docent Trainings

Hello Docents,

 

Attached is the curriculum guide for the Haub Family Galleries. Also, all docent training videos can be found are located here:

https://vimeo.com/album/3138244

 

Please use the following password (there are no caps): tamdocent123

 

Videos will be added periodically after Myles has a chance to review and make small edits. There are currently three videos on the site, but 4 more will be added in the next few days.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions!

 

Kara Bonavia

Public Programs and Volunteer Coordinator

 

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Docent Evening Tours

Hello TAM Docents,

 

We need two docents for an evening event on 12/4/14. This is the Franciscan Holiday event and we are anticipating 400 people. Docents will be touring the Haub Wing and the Northwest in the West Gallery. There will be two opportunities for docent led tours, one is at 7:30 and the other is at 8:15 PM. The docents will both start at the same time (in separate wings) and will go for about 30 minutes, leaving 15 minutes in between to switch galleries. You can sign up for this shift on the Volgistics calendar. Please let me know if you have any questions!

 

Thanks!

 

Kara Bonavia

Public Programs and Volunteer Coordinator

 

T: 253-272-4258 x3030

1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, Washington 98402

www.TacomaArtMuseum.org

 

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Haub Family Galleries - documents

Hello Docents,

 

Attached are all the documents for the Haub Family Galleries of Western American Art. These materials are in the Docent Reference Binder in the Docent Library for those who would like to make a hard copy.

 

Thanks!

 

Kara Bonavia

Public Programs and Volunteer Coordinator

 

T: 253-272-4258 x3030

1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, Washington 98402

www.TacomaArtMuseum.org

 

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Docent Training tomorrow

Hello TAM Docents,

 

This is a reminder that there is docent training tomorrow at 10:30 am. We will begin in the Gates Library to review the agenda and then move to the Murray Event Space for Mary Lucier’s lecture. This training is only available to TAM Volunteers and will not be made available to the public, so this would be a wonderful time to ask Mary tons of questions.

 

Her public lecture is this Saturday, November 22 at 2 pm in the Murray Event Space. Remember that if you attend this lecture you should purchase the student ticket. You can purchase tickets online or by phone with a Visitor Services Representative. Last but not least, Rock will be giving a lecture over The Plains of Sweet Regret on Wednesday, December 3. This will be a Lunch & Learn program, so it will be open to all museum visitors.

 

Thanks!

 

Kara Bonavia

Public Programs and Volunteer Coordinator

 

T: 253-272-4258 x3030

1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, Washington 98402

www.TacomaArtMuseum.org

 

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Thursday, November 06, 2014

Bison / Buffalo style guide

Hello Docents,

 

Attached are…

(1)    .pdf I made of the bison/buffalo style guide that Laura emailed to the staff. Also attached to this email is

(2)    the shortcuts document of some of the major works in the Haub Family Collection of Western American Art.

(3)    the agenda from yesterday’s meeting

 

I still need 3 docents to sign up for the Gala docent positions on November 14. Also, I need 1-2 docents to sign up for docent positions on November 15.

 

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, November 04, 2014

Docent Updates

Hello Docents,

 

This is an email reminder that there is docent training tomorrow, November 5 at 10:30 am. We will meet in the Gates Library to go over the agenda and questions you may have. Then, we will move to the Haub Family Galleries for our last training over the Haub Family Collection of Western American Art. This training will be recorded like the other two trainings. All three trainings will be available to view online early next week.

 

Also, there are a handful of docents who still haven’t signed up for a docent shift or volunteer shift for the Gala or Grand Opening. Please take the time to look at your schedule and donate an additional 4 or 5 hours of volunteer service to TAM. Your help is greatly appreciated and it is noticed by me, the staff, and museum visitors!

 

I need a few docents to lead the following tours, please let me know if you’re interested.

 

Contact: Lauren Pace

Company/Community/Group name: Issaquah Senior Center

Date and Time: Wednesday, November 19th, 10:00am

Number of Attendees: 8-14 seniors

Tour Type: Haub Family Galleries

 

Contact: Mimi Wagar, (206) 546-8251

Company/Community/Group name: University of Washington Faculty Auxillary

Date and Time: Wednesday, November 19th, 11:30am               

Number of Attendees: 20-25

Tour Type: Haub Family Galleries

Docent:  I need one or two more docents to help Cathy Wiggins lead this group

 

School: River HomeLink

Teacher Contact: Doug Githens  360-891-1975  githens.doug@battlegroundps.org           

Number of Students: 48

Chaperones: 12

Grade: 7th/8th

Tour Type: Western American Art

Concepts“My students are studying Washington and United States History this year.”

Notes: Group will arrive and begin tour at 3:15 pm, and need to head out at 4:00 pm.  48 students to be split into two groups for guided tour.  Teacher requested that the art lesson portion be skipped so that the entirety of their 45 minute visit focuses on the guided tour portion. 

Docent: Need 2-3 docents

 

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, October 31, 2014

Don't forget to sign up for extra shifts!

Hello Docents,

 

Please remember to sign up for an extra docent shift on November 14 and/or 15. There are still lots of volunteer shifts open. During these volunteer shifts, you will spend time in the galleries answering questions and perhaps giving really short spotlight tours. You will need to make sure that museum visitors are going through the galleries, are not touching art, and help us keep a smooth flow throughout the museum. We really need as many docents to sign up for volunteer shifts during these two dates. Any docent who has attended any trainings on the Haub Family Galleries may sign up for these volunteer shifts. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns!

 

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 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