Monday, July 23, 2007

TAM: using the stanchion signage

I would like to encourage all of you to use the stanchion signage to advertise tours!

Several docents have told me that they feel that using the stanchion signage, either by the front desk or by a gallery entrance, does encourage visitors to join a docent-led tour.


Stanchions are usually found in the coat check area by the first floor bathrooms. If they aren't there, ask Visitor Services where to find them.

Signage can be found in a folder at the Front Desk. The signage has the following information on red cardstock (there are different signs for different times):



AT 1:00 PM


Join a Tacoma Art Museum docent

for a lively tour and discussion.


Please meet here to join the tour.


Please consider using the signage – all you need to do is:

  1. Decide when you want to offer a tour
  2. Put up your signage well in advance:

·        pick the appropriate sign from the signage folder at the Front Desk (ask Visitor Services – they are your friends!)

·        round up a stanchion – stanchions are usually in storage and they are quite heavy, so please ask Visitor Services to help you

·        place the stanchion by the Front Desk or at a gallery entrance (the stanchions are quite heavy – ask Visitor Services for help if you need it)

  1. Tell Visitor Services when and where you plan on offering your tour so that they can help you recruit visitors
  2. Be at the stanchion at the designated time to offer your tour!
  3. After the tour, please make sure the stanchion and signage are put away. Visitor Services can probably help you with this.
    If Visitor Services cannot help, please at least return the paper signage to the Front Desk, and put away the sign frame which sits atop the stanchion. The stanchion itself can be left close to a wall where it is out of the way.


Thanks for your time and let me know the results!



Heide Fernandez-Llamazares

Museum Educator and Docent Coordinator



1701 Pacific Avenue

Tacoma, Washington 98402

T: 253.272.4258 x3018

F: 253.627.1898

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