Docent Program

The Ackland’s volunteer Docents are a vital part of the Museum’s teaching team. Together with the Museum’s education staff and the Ackland Student Guides, our dedicated Docents ensure that visitors of all ages and varied interests have excellent group tour experiences.

Docents participate in specialized training that equips them to lead lively and interactive tours for K-12 school groups and community groups focused on the Museum’s collection and exhibitions. Training sessions focus on both art and effective teaching strategies for our diverse audiences. The majority of our K-12 school groups are elementary and middle-school classes, and we have an increasing audience of high-school classes. Thanks to the great work of the Ackland Docents, the Museum engages with public and private schools from across central North Carolina. Our growing community audiences include kids and adults: scout troops, summer camps, book clubs, retirement communities, and more. Docents also lead drop-in tours of the Ackland, offered Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 1:30.

The Ackland will begin recruiting a new class of volunteer Docents in Fall 2022. Check back here for updates or contact us with specific questions about the Docent program.

2019–2020 Docents

Linda Anderson
Susan Axelrod
Lynda Baker
Leslie Balkany
Jill Beachler
Diana Braunstein
Linda Carl
Nick Carter
Midge Coward
Martha Dill
Richard Falvo
Karen Fisher
Mif Flaharty
Libby Fosso
Catherine Gallagher
Frances Gravely
Carol Hadler

Mary Ellen Houck
Rickie Howard
Carroll Lassiter
Psyche Lee
Karen Lovelace
Margaret McGuinn
Kelly McMullan
Trisha Murtaugh
Maria Piskor
Carol Richards
Barbara Shaw
Carol Stamm
Sarah Tillis
Judy Tulchin
Betsy Vaden
Harry Walsh
Tim Williams
Merrill Wolf