Thursday, March 16, 2006

Docents Needed: select Tuesdays, from 5:15-8:00 pm for "After Hours with Georgia O'Keeffe"

I am looking for a few docents for a new project (details below). This is a new type of private event that we are testing for the first time with The Great American Thing, and if it is successful, it will probably be repeated with other exhibitions.


Tacoma Art Museum is offering a new evening program called After Hours with Georgia O’Keeffe. This program will offer private groups a wine and cheese reception, followed by a brief, 10-minute art history presentation related to The Great American Thing (lecture and slide presentation by a docent – YOU!), and time to explore the galleries. This event is not only about Georgia O’Keeffe – the event name is just catchy marketing – it’s about The Great American Thing while focusing a little, tiny bit on the 8 works by Georgia O’Keeffe. The wine and cheese reception and presentation will take place in the Event Space, and the museum will stay open until approximately 8 or 8:30 pm for these events.

This new event is being targeted toward companies who want to do something nice for their employees. It is a group event, not for individuals.


After Hours with Georgia O’Keeffe will be available at 5:30, 6:15 and 7:00 pm on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, April 11
  • Tuesday, April 18
  • Tuesday, April 25
  • Tuesday, May 2
  • Tuesday, May 9
  • Tuesday, May 16


After Hours Docent Commitment:

·        Each After Hours with Georgia O’Keeffe event will require one docent to give the presentation – depending on the number of groups that we attract, there may be up to three presentations on one night. It would also be great to have a second docent to float in the galleries and answer questions.

·        Time: Docents would have to be at the museum from 5:15 to approximately 8 pm.

·        Training: There will be a special, one-hour training session on Tuesday, April 4 from 5:30-6:30 pm. Patricia McDonnell will be preparing a PowerPoint presentation that docents will use in the After Hours presentation, and Patricia will go through the PowerPoint presentation during this training session and tell you everything you need to know.

·        You can sign up for a single After Hours date or for several dates. (or even for all of them!)


I know that some of you have had bad experiences in the past with special events where attendance was very low or the attendees were more interested in drinking wine than seeing art. Please be assured that the After Hours events do have minimum attendance requirements and will not happen unless there is an interested group.


Please let me know as soon as possible if you are interested in helping with this event, or if you have questions about it.

Thanks for your dedication!



Heide Fernandez-Llamazares

Assistant Museum Educator and Docent Coordinator



1701 Pacific Avenue

Tacoma, Washington 98402

T: 253.272.4258 x3018

F: 253.627.1898

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