The deadline to apply to be a docent (volunteer guide) at the Surrey Art Gallery is Sept. 23.

Be a Surrey gallery guide

Volunteer application deadline Sept. 23.

Are you passionate about art? Do you enjoy interacting with children? Do you have leadership or teaching experience? Are you looking for a creative learning opportunity?

Contribute to a dynamic community of volunteers dedicated to enriching the education of children through contemporary art by becoming a Tour Guide (also known as docent) at the Surrey Art Gallery.

Docents lead tours of art exhibitions for school groups on weekdays, share and develop skills, and build social networks. Surrey Art Gallery is seeking participants to join in its training program that begins at the end of October. Those interested in art and education are encouraged to apply by Sept. 23.

Exhibition tours aim to further children’s education by enhancing visual literacy and critical thinking skills. Using questioning techniques and hands-on activities, docents help students respond to original works of art.

New docents receive extensive training. The program involves 30 hours of volunteer time each month for the first three months of training, then 20 hours each month during the school year.

To learn more, contact the volunteer coordinator at artsvolunteer@surrey.ca or 604-501-5198.