Tuesday, March 30, 2010

TAM Docents: Housekeeping

Hello Docents-

I just had a few housekeeping items that are outlined in this email.

1) April 6th is a required training: Tour of Icons exhibition at Washington State Historical Museum. Meet here at Security around 10:15 am if you want to go as a group. Otherwise, we will see you there at 10:30 am.


2) April 17th is also a required training:

Gloomy Skies Make Great Softboxes: NW Photography Now

Saturday, April 17, 2 pm

The Northwest has a rich history of photography, as reflected in the exhibition A Concise History of Northwest Art. Chas Bowie, accomplished photographer and art critic for The Oregonian, will discuss and illustrate the history of Northwest Photography in this one-hour lecture. Cost: $15; $5 for members. Pre-registration is recommended. Contact Education@TacomaArtMuseum.org or call 253.722.2455.

As this is required, we will give free admission to docents. You can pick up your ticket at the front desk or from Megan Ristine, Education Assistant.  If you haven’t met her yet, this is a great excuse – you won’t be sorry as she is a delight.


3) During the month of May, your required training consists of doing peer and self-reviews. I have attached a copy of the review form. I will need each of you to pair up with another docent and give a tour. This can be a previously scheduled group tour, a tour offered during a shift, or a mock tour given to the peer docent in the fashion of a visitor tour. Any of those will be acceptable. You will also review yourself during this process. For easier scheduling, I have included May’s filled shifts, along with the scheduled docent below. Please let me know who you are pairing up with and the date proposed. You can work together for this process or use me as a conduit (just email me your preferred pairing and I will email that person to set that up). Ideally, each docent will give and observe a tour. This will require that you fill out 2 different review forms – a peer review for the docent you observe and a self-review for the tour you give. Please let me know when you will be pairing up for your review and with whom.

May schedule:

Sunday, May 2                Sanjeev

Wednesday, May 5          Judi

Thursday, May 6             Karin

Friday, May 7                 Sue

Saturday, May 8             Gaard

Sunday, May 9                Barbara

Wednesday, May 12        Margaret

Thursday, May 13           Katrina

Friday, May 14               Randi

Sunday, May 16              Sanjeev

Wednesday, May 19        Barbara

Thursday, May 20           Debora, Karin, Judi and Margaret (Third Thursday seems like a good day to pair up!)

Friday, May 21               Sue

Saturday, May 22            Gaard

Sunday, May 23              Sharon

Wednesday, May 26        Margaret

Thursday, May 27           Debora and Katrina

Friday, May 28               Sharon


4) We have some open shifts for April. Please let me know if you can take one of them (or more!):

Saturday, April 3            11 am – 3 pm

Thursday, April 15          10 am – 1pm (this is a regularly open shift that could use a docent every month)

Saturday, April 17          11 am – 3 pm

Wednesday, April 28       11 am – 3 pm

Thursday, April 29          11 am – 3 pm

Friday, April 30              11 am – 3 pm


Thank you!



Jana Wennstrom

Manager of Public and Volunteer Programs


1701 Pacific Avenue

Tacoma, Washington 98402

T: 253.272.4258 x3030

F: 253.627.1898




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