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Getty Center Seeks Volunteer Docents

Application Deadline is May 29, 2001

March 29, 2001

Los Angeles--The Getty Center is now accepting applications for participants in the Getty Docent Program. Docents are needed to conduct site tours and lead educational activities that add to the visitor experience and increase awareness of the many services offered by the Getty Center, which includes the Getty Museum. They lead interactive tours exploring Getty architecture and gardens, help visitors in the Family Room and Art Information Rooms, work with students in the School Group Docent Program, and assist with storytelling events and other Getty offerings.

Successful docents should be enthusiastic, flexible, and able to work with visitors to encourage interactive discovery. Multilingual candidates are welcome. While docents do not receive financial compensation, they are offered discounts in the Getty cafe and bookstore, free parking, and educational opportunities.

Before working with visitors, docents will participate in a four-month training program to learn about the Getty's architecture, the Museum's collections, elements of art history, and other aspects of the Getty Center. Prior experience in the arts and humanities is not required. After training is completed, docents must volunteer for either a three-hour weekly shift on weekdays, or a three-hour shift every other week on evenings and weekends.

To receive an application form by mail, interested individuals should call the Docent Hotline at 310-440-7231 and leave their name, address, and phone number. Applications must be submitted by May 29, 2001.

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The J. Paul Getty Trust is an international cultural and philanthropic institution devoted to the visual arts that features the Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Foundation, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Getty Research Institute. The J. Paul Getty Trust and Getty programs serve a varied audience from two locations: the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Getty Villa in Malibu.

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The J. Paul Getty Museum collects in seven distinct areas, including Greek and Roman antiquities, European paintings, drawings, manuscripts, sculpture, and decorative arts, and European and American photographs. The Museum's mission is to make the collection meaningful and attractive to a broad audience by presenting and interpreting the works of art through educational programs, special exhibitions, publications, conservation, and research.