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    The role of docents

    Docents at the Burchfield Penney are museum volunteers trained as teaching guides. They bridge the viewer and the artwork, igniting conversation and curiosity. Our tour program uses an inquiry-based education model.  Tours of all kinds are conducted at the museum, including those for school groups, adults, seniors and social organizations.  Important relationships have been established with the Alzheimer’s Association, Buffalo State College, Campus West Elementary School and Elmwood Franklin School. Since opening our new building in 2008, over 35,000 people have gone on docent-led tours.

    Being a docent provides many opportunities for fun and friendship while learning and growing through the arts. Docents have been an integral part of developing initiatives such as our Docent Library, Burchfield Penney Book Club and an array specialty tour programs.

    Currently, our third docent class is underway. Please click here to learn about our other volunteer opportunities.