Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Docent Reminder and Updates

Hello TAM Docents,


This is a reminder that we have docent training on Wednesday, April 22 at 10:30 am. This will be a refresher course on the Chihuly Walking Tour. Be prepared to walk outside for about an hour, unless the weather is absolutely horrible.


Docent Updates: We still have a lot of Tuesday shifts open. Please make sure to sign up for a Tuesday shift or even better a regular Tuesday docent shift – we have a lot of tours on Tuesdays. Myles should have all the training videos online this week. Unfortunately, the camera decided not to save Charles Eldredge’s lecture. I’m sorry for the docents who were looking forward to watching that training video – I was there and recorded it, but the camera decided to have a memory card issue (apparently).


Museum Updates: There have been changes in the Northwest in the West exhibition. I’ve attached Margaret’s document on the changes to this email. Some docents may have noticed that there are more docent positions on the Volgistics calendar. Since we are transitioning the School Tour Educators to Docent – School Tours position, I’ve created volunteer shifts specifically for school tours on the docent calendar. Now shifts are categorized by Adult Tours or School Tours. You do not need to sign up for the School Tour shift, but I would like all docents to recognize what type of shift he or she might be signing up for.


At the last docent training we discussed the next docent field trip. Below are the suggestions from the group, plus one suggestion from our curators. Please do some research on these suggestions and we’ll try to make a decision on where to go at the next docent training.


·         Bainbridge Arts & Craft: Big Bad Birds (May 8 – June 1) All birds, all mediums, all month, until they fly out the door. Cameron Bahnson, Lori Bernstein, Lynn Brunelle, Cha Davis, Katy Gilmore, Denise Harris, Yuko Ishii, Johnpaul Jones, Karin Lowrie, Sally Robison, Lynnette Sandbloom, Raquel Stanek, Anna VonRosenstiel, Kamilla White, Susan Wiersema, and Mike Zitka.


·         Horizon House: Northwest Art Collection - One of our features which most impresses visitors to Horizon House is the vast collection of fine art. More than 200 pieces are distributed throughout the common areas of our community. Our collection includes an eclectic variety of genres and styles, but with a contemporary emphasis. Our art collection has been funded by the Residents’ Council and the Philanthropy Department, and is guided and managed by the Art Committee of the Council.


·         Wing Luke Museum: Bitter & Sweet Tour - Official tour of the bestselling novel Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. "The official Bitter & Sweet tour is a lovely way to see the real Chinatown-International District and discover the places frequented by Henry and Keiko - get an in-depth look at the neighborhood's rich history, diversity and layers of stories"- author Jamie Ford. Explore the Canton Alley apartment where (main character) Henry Lee lived. Visit Japantown and get a glimpse of the Panama Hotel. This tour gives you a real life look at the locations present in The New York Times bestselling book, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. (Duration: 90 minutes)


·         MOHAI: American Spirits (April 2 – August 23) Step back in time to the era of flappers and suffragists, bootleggers and temperance lobbyists, and real-life legends like Al Capone and Carry Nation! Created by the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and making its West Coast premiere at MOHAI, American Spirits brings the whole story of Prohibition vividly to life through a re-created speakeasy, films, photos, multimedia, and more than 100 rare artifacts. 


·         Bellevue Arts Museum: Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection (March 13 – June 7) showcases over 200 pins which former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright famously used to make poignant diplomatic statements. The works on view span more than a century of jewelry design and include fascinating pieces from across the globe selected by Albright for their symbolic, rather than material, value. The exhibition explores the stories behind these brooches as well as their historical and artistic significance, highlighting jewelry's ability to communicate in a nonverbal yet powerfully articulate way.



We have some tours coming up that need docents. Please review the tours information below and confirm with me if you can lead any of the tours.


Contact: THOMAS J. DUKE, O: 253.692.5641 C: 253.988.4687 (please talk to Amy or Hannah first)

            Company/Community/Group name: UWT

            Date and Time: 04/23/15, 6:30-8:00

            Number of Attendees: 200

            Tour Type: Eloquent Objects

            Museum Contact: Amy or Hannah x3060

            Docent:  NEED 3. Margaret is also giving tours.

Notes: UWT is bringing 200 folks over for a reception. The final number will be confirmed soon. They are offering guided tours of GOK at 6:30, 7:00 and 7:30. So far, 71 people have signed up for the 6:30 tour so we know when need a docent to help out then. I can update you on the 7:00 and 7:30 time slot as we get more information, but it would be great to have a docent who was willing to stay until 8:00 if needed.

Tour format recommended by Margaret: 20 minutes per tour so there is a little recovery time between each. Start in the Northwest still life show as there is a lot more room to gather a group and they are much more likely to follow me up to the O'Keeffe show than vice versa.


            Contact: Terri Burke, (425) 556-2342

Company/Community/Group name: Redmond Senior Center

Date and Time: Tuesday April 28th, 10:30 am

Number of Attendees: 12-21

Lunch in Café: Lunch in Cafe

Tour Type: Haub Family Galleries

Museum Contact: Kari x3065

Docent:  NEED


Contact: JJ Hudson, (253) 756-6219

Company/Community/Group name: Franke Tobey Jones Retirement Community

Date and Time: Tuesday, April 28th @11:30 am

Number of Attendees: ~ 15

Lunch in Café: TBD

Tour Type: O’Keeffe

Museum Contact: Kari x3065

Docent:  NEED


Contact: Carolyn Keck, (360) 438-5673

Company/Community/Group name: WHAMS – Women Have Active Minds Still

Date and Time: Thursday, April 30th @ 11:00 am

Number of Attendees: ~ 6

Lunch in Café: NA

Tour Type: O’Keeffe

Museum Contact: Kari x 3065

Docent:  NEED

Notes: Group will be arriving early, 10:30 am to view galleries before tour at 11:00 am. VS please provide group with audio guides and indicate where everyone will meet at 11:00 am for tour (lobby).






Kara Bonavia

Volunteer Services Coordinator


T: 253-272-4258 x3030

1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, Washington 98402



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