Artist Sue Chenoweth leads a lively tour of her work for Docents and museum visitors alike. Photo: Peter Bugg

A Wonderful Art Education Opportunity! Become a SMoCA Docent!

Docents are trained volunteers who share their knowledge and excitement about contemporary art and Museum’s changing art shows with visitors, schools and community groups. They tour SMoCA’s exhibitions and the nearby sculpture in the Scottsdale Civic Center garden, and they can also give outreach presentations to schools and community groups.

SMoCA provides a 28-week training course that will give prospective docents a good working knowledge of contemporary art and its methods as well as touring techniques. In addition, docents receive an ongoing education about new exhibitions, participate in orientations by artists and curators, and enjoy field trips to expand their knowledge.

Why do people become docents?

Read some of the reasons our docents love what they do:

  • “To learn for myself and to then give back to others.”
  • “To find fellowship, beauty, creativity, wonderful people, and more.”
  • “I want to share my love of the arts with others and continue to learn about the new art expressions of our time.”
  • “As a newcomer to Scottsdale, the docent program is the most interesting and appealing way for me to contribute to the growth and development of SMoCA.”

Become a Docent!

For more information on becoming a docent contact Julie Ganas at

To apply, please click on the Docent application button to the right. Fill the application out and email back to Julie Ganas at

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