If you would like more information, please contact Museum Educator for College and Public Programs Tom Yoshikami at 518-580-5066 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Tang Guides program is a volunteer opportunity that allows Skidmore students from across campus to be involved in the Tang Teaching Museum, to learn about museum education, and to develop the skills needed to lead public tours. After completing the fall semester training workshop, students become part of the Tang Guides team and are asked to lead public tours of the museum throughout their time at Skidmore.
Two students from the Tang Guides program, Pamela Kwong '17 and Kristen Annunziato '15.
Tang Guides are required to attend weekly workshops in the fall semester, where they become acquainted with the Tang, learn about the connections between museums, education, and social justice, and explore ways to use artwork to catalyze conversations with various audiences. After completing the training program, students are required to attend occasional preview sessions with museum staff to familiarize them with new Tang exhibitions. Students from all disciplines interested in connecting with visitors and sharing their enthusiasm for the Tang are encouraged to apply.
About the Time Commitment
In the fall semester, Tang Guides meet Friday afternoons in the Tang. These weekly training workshops, led by Tang staff, provide Guides with information and tools on museum education, public speaking, and the Tang so they can lead their own tours of the museum. Weekly attendance is required. Outside the workshop times, Tang Guides will be expected to do some reading, research and writing. In the spring semester, Tang Guides will meet occasionally to learn about the new Tang exhibitions and begin leading their own tours of the museum. After completing the program, students will be asked to lead tours throughout their time at Skidmore.
About the Selection Process
The Tang is interested in building a team of Tang Guides with a diverse range of backgrounds and interests. Prior experience giving tours is not necessary. Applications accepted at the beginning of each fall semester.
Tang Guide Claire Bernson '17 leads a tour of high school students through Alma Thomas, Tang Teaching Museum, 2016