Ackland Student Guides

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The Ackland Student Guide program presents an opportunity for UNC undergraduate and graduate students to learn about the museum’s collection and to teach from original works of art. Students participate in weekly trainings with museum educators, graduate students, curators, and veteran guides. They learn to teach and develop thematic tours of their creation for the Carolina Community and beyond.

This competitive program draws students from a range of fields and does not require a foundation in Art History. Through interdisciplinary dialogue and close-looking at works of art, students develop a strong sense of community and gain skills in teaching, visual analysis, public speaking, and leadership.

Applicants must have a strong interest in art, museums, and education. Attendance is mandatory and essential to the success of the program. Trainings take place on Fridays afternoons for 1 hour during the academic year. Applicants commit to leading tours of the Ackland during the spring semester and throughout their time at UNC, as well as to participating in special museum events and programs.

Go here to apply. The 2019-2020 application is due Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 11:59pm. Interested in learning more? Contact Elizabeth Manekin, Head of University Programs and Academic Projects, at or 919.962.1347.

To request a tour for your student organization led by an Ackland Student Guide, click here and remember to add “ASG led” in the special notes field.