The Art Docent Program has been providing arts enrichment since 1969 through funding from the Instructional Materials Department and elementary principals’ budgets. Since its inception, this program has served more than thousands of elementary-age students through hundreds of volunteers. However, the program, standards, and artists have not changed. The Art Docent Program provides an opportunity for volunteers to be approving, suggesting, challenging, guiding, questioning and prompting volunteer to the classroom each month. These experiences provide the students to the opportunity to explore the process of art, awareness of art elements, and gain an appreciation for the history of art.
As the Art Docent Program enters its 50th year, it continues to grow and evolve. It is imperative that we find new ways to engage, train and retain Art Docent volunteers who will be equipped to ignite a passion for art and prepare the District’s elementary students for art in the middle schools and beyond. Additionally, the District’s educational standards have changed over the past 50 years and so has the population this program serves and engages. In an effort to reflect our community and the students we serve, there was a need to refresh and realign the Art Docent Program.