News for Wednesday, August 25, 2010

IARC Seeks New Docents for Collection Tours

Continuing education training with IARC volunteers and staffContinuing education training with IARC volunteers and staffContinuing education training with IARC volunteers and staff

The Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) at SAR is seeking a few wonderful people interested in becoming docents through a special fast-track program. At present, we are looking for individuals with a working knowledge of Southwest Native art and history to help provide guided tours of IARC’s world-class collection. Staff will work with prospective docents to gauge knowledge and provide the training required to fill in the gaps.

Newcomers to the field of Native art and history, however, need not fear. A full docent training for individuals of all knowledge levels is scheduled to begin October 2011. You may contact Elysia Poon at poon[at] to inquire about the fast-track docent program or to be put on a list for the October 2011 docent class.

How you will be helping SAR:

Through guided tours, you will be sharing the many stories of the Native Southwest, raising awareness about the history and future of Native art, and helping SAR and IARC to achieve its mission to bridge the divide between creativity and scholarship by supporting initiatives and projects in Native studies, art history, and creative expression that illuminate the intersections of the social sciences, humanities, and arts.


Working knowledge of Native art history in the Southwest

Volunteer Benefits:

  • 40% off SAR Press books
  • Free membership
  • Annual volunteer appreciation luncheon
  • Special volunteer fieldtrips and events
  • Continuing education lectures and workshops


Elysia Poon, program coordinator at (505) 954-7205 or poon[at] For information about other volunteer opportunities at SAR, please visit Volunteers and Docents.

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