SEPTEMBER 10, 2014

Become a Heard Museum tour guide, a member of Las Guias (‘the guides’)

Deadline to sign up for October-to-May weekly docent training is Sept. 17
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PHOENIX – Be the portal through which Heard Museum visitors view its many fascinating exhibits by becoming a qualified member of the Heard Museum’s docents, called Las Guias (or, “The Guides”).

The annual training class, after successful completion of which docents may begin giving museum tours, begins Oct. 7 and continues each Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through May 5, 2015. Registration for the required class closes Sept. 17.

Prospective docents are taught about the museum’s exhibits, American Indian culture, history and art, and hone their skills at describing the art works on display. Through lecture, video, reading, guest speakers, discussion and field trips, students gain a thorough knowledge of the history, culture and art of the American Indians of the Southwest. They also receive special training in cultural sensitivity and in presentation skills for museum guests of all ages.

The instructor will be Jaclyn Roessel (Navajo), the Heard’s director of education and public programs. The newly trained docents will begin giving tours in mid-2015.

To be eligible for Las Guias, one must first be enrolled as a member of the Heard Museum Guild. A $225 class fee is charged, which also covers the cost of a required criminal background check.

For more information on Las Guias, the Guild, or to register, please write to The Heard Museum is located at 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix.