Docent – Art Education Program Discover China Through Art, China Institute Gallery
Established in 1966, China Institute Gallery was the first non-profit gallery in the United States to showcase Chinese art and culture exclusively and on a regular basis.
China Institute Gallery is renowned for its intimate, first-class thematic exhibitions, which are accompanied by in-depth scholarly catalogues. The Gallery has presented over 100 exhibitions in such areas as calligraphy, painting, ceramics, bronzes, decorative art, folk art, architecture, photography, textiles, and contemporary art covering 5,000 years of Chinese history from the Neolithic period to present day. China Institute Gallery has earned an international reputation and continues to provide a unique opportunity for Americans and visitors from around the world to appreciate both traditional and contemporary Chinese art and culture.
Discover China Through Art (DCTA) is the art education program at China Institute Gallery, and is offered to groups from schools and the general public. Through a gallery tour, a video presentation and a hands-on art workshop, participants can experience Chinese art and culture up close, while learning about fundamental techniques. Generally, the program is designed in conjunction of the current exhibition at China Institute Gallery.
The program also offers special Chinese art and culture workshops in between of exhibitions, which consist of an interactive video presentation and an experimental hands-on workshop.
After receiving training and reference materials for the exhibitions, the docent will lead gallery tours and workshops for all or specific age groups (preK – adult). The program is comprised of a gallery talk, a video presentation and a hands-on art workshop. The program runs 1 to 1.5 hours and the docent is required to have commitment of approximately 2 hours with preparation and wrap-up. The docent will receive a payment per each tour for reasonable expenses associated with the work by the end of each exhibition/activity period.
- Assisting China Institute Gallery’s art education program
- Study catalogue and background material related to each exhibition/activity
- Prepare appropriately for different age groups
- Present tours consisting of a video presentation, a gallery talk and a hands-on workshop
- Control the group and be aware of safety for the art objects all the time
- Maintain gallery and classroom cleanliness
This position is part-time on an as-needed basis. The number of tours assigned to a docent is depended on the number of tours booked. Generally, tours are held from 10:30am to 12:00 pm and from 1:30pm to 3:00 pm, Monday – Friday. Evening tours and weekend tours may also be held. Docents will be required to attend a half-day training session for each new exhibition/activity.
- Ability to speak confidently and clearly before groups
- Flexibility to tailor tours depending on requirements of different age groups (especially K-12 students)
- Willing and eager to learn about Chinese art and culture
- Background on Asian Studies, Chinese History and Art desired
- Teaching experience is helpful
- The program is offered in English, and skills in Mandarin speaking is a plus
- Strong time management skills
- Docents are expected to make a commitment of 2 to 8 days per month for each exhibition/workshop period (minimum 3 months) to the Docent Program.
Please send resume and cover letter to:
Ms. Insher Pan
Coordinator of Art Education Program (DCTA)
100 Washington St.
New York, NY 10006
China Institute is an equal opportunity employer.
No phone calls please. Only those candidates considered for an interview will be contacted.