The Municipal Art Society is pleased to announce our brand new Docent Education Program that offers interested volunteers the opportunity to become part of a New York City tradition since 1956, when MAS became the first organization to offer public walking tours throughout the city. Apply now for a challenging five day intensive course that combines knowledgeable speakers and instructors, essential readings and research, and hands-on training so that each trainee can develop and lead his or her own walking tours. The training will take place in our office to begin on Tuesday, November 6th and end on Saturday, November 10th
Municipal Art Society docents must be at least 18 years old and have an unquenchable thirst for all things New York City. Docents must be comfortable speaking clearly and loudly to an audience and must also be able to develop, plan and organize tours and be willing to adapt to situations as they arise. The class will take place over five jam-packed days in the MAS Greenacre Reference Library and the course work is comparable to a graduate level introduction to the history of New York City architecture. Homework assignments consists of reading books and articles, observing buildings and writing building descriptions and essays on specific topics. There is no charge for the training, however trainees are responsible for purchasing the necessary books (approximate cost: $150) and a one-time photocopying fee.