The Arkansas Arts Center is in need of volunteers for its 2012 Docent Program.

The Arkansas Arts Center is in need of volunteers for its 2012 Docent Program.

The deadline to sign up for the 2012 Docent Program has been extended to Jan. 14. Docent training will be held on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon beginning Jan. 28 at the Arkansas Arts Center. Docent training lasts 16 weeks, excluding holidays, and consists of a short art history class, hands-on experiences and tour training. No prior knowledge or experience is required.

Volunteer docents lead tours for school students and groups, providing visitors with the opportunity to learn more about art. Docents also assist with education programs that are designed for schools, families and the general public.

“Docents are essential to the Arts Center’s educational mission,” said Curator of Education Louise Palermo.

“Docents offer invaluable educational experiences to students, families and other visitors by exposing them to art and bringing the Arts Center’s collection to life!”

“We are excited to offer docent training on Saturday mornings in order to accommodate those who have a busy schedule,” Palermo said. “Our Docent program is open to anyone willing to learn and teach others about art.”

For more information, contact Palermo at 501-396-0367 or e-mail lpalermo@arkarts.com.

The Arkansas Arts Center is located at 9th and Commerce at Little Rock.