Supporting the Arts is Good for the Community
Last year, the Museum of Art – DeLand served more than 84,000 individuals through exhibitions, in-house educational programs and public outreach. More than 9,000 children participated in the Museum Tours programs, Family Fun Saturdays and in other art and literary programs such as the Museum’s Arts on the Grow, sponsored in part by a donation from Duke Energy. Arts on the Grow, a bilingual PreK curriculum in 18 local Head Start Classrooms, has expanded to include Edith I. Starke Elementary School, a Title 1 Community School in DeLand. Free educational programs for these students would not be possible without the support of individual and corporate support.
Supporting the Arts is Good for Business
The arts contribute to business and economic growth. When you partner with the Museum of Art – DeLand, you partner with the entire community. The arts enhance community development, create jobs, spur urban renewal, bring new businesses, draw tourism dollars and create an environment which attracts a skilled and educated work force.
According to the latest Arts & Economic Prosperity study, the nonprofit arts and culture sector is a $4.68 billion industry in the State of Florida—one that supports 132,366 full-time equivalent jobs and generates $492.3 million in local and state government revenue.
Gifts from visitors like you make an impact every day, allowing the Museum to provide access to the arts and art education to our community, maintain our galleries and bring internationally acclaimed art to DeLand.
Donate to the Museum
The Museum of Art DeLand frequently hosts events that benefit the Museum and help to engage with the community. From galas and brunches, to seminars and workshops, there is something for everyone at the Museum. To become a part of one of the Museum’s events as a sponsor please contact us at 386-734-4371 or Contact@MoArtDeLand.org.
A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling Toll Free 1-800-HELP-FLA or online at www.FloridaConsumerHelp.com. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the State Registration #: CH1811.
There are several ways to donate your time and services as a volunteer to support the Museum. There is the Docent Volunteer Program, Student Volunteer Program, the Internship Program, the Museum Guild and Krewe Nouveau. Each group and/or program offers a different level of support and commitment.
Docent Volunteer Program
At the Museum of Art – DeLand, Docent Volunteers play a variety of roles including leading gallery tours, acting as Docents-in-the-Gallery to answer visitor questions, and assisting Museum education staff at public programs that inform, stimulate and educate visitors about the Museum and the artwork on view.
Our Docents are a diverse group of trained volunteers who share a passion for art and the community. They are active, enthusiastic, imaginative and knowledgeable. Historically, a docent was a tour guide who talked while visitors listened.
Today, docents do so much more than just talk. At the Museum of Art – DeLand, Florida Docents help visitors of all ages discover the world of art by creating conversation- based tours centered around the art. They provide a vital link between what is displayed in the Museum and how visitors respond to what they see.
Becoming a Docent
To qualify as a docent you should have an abiding interest in the visual arts, have good public speaking skills, work well with children and adults, and be flexible and dependable. Docent candidates participate in a comprehensive training course and must be available for a specific number of volunteer hours per year.
Candidates in the Docent Volunteer Program must complete an initial year-long training in art appreciation that includes classes on: how to look at, analyze and discuss works of art; and public engagement and interactive teaching techniques. After successful completion of the initial training, docents will be expected to commit to touring and education outreach programs, as well as continuing their education for a minimum of one year.
Museum Docent Benefits
- 12-month training in theories of teaching and learning museum education, art history, principles and elements of art and design methods of interpretation and touring technique information on current and permanent collections.
- Satisfaction of sharing your interest in art with Museum visitors Opportunities of fellowship, working and socializing with others who share a common interest.
- Opportunities to attend lectures by museum curators, visiting scholars and artists.
Student Volunteer Program
The Museum of Art – DeLand provides a variety of educational and professional training opportunities for students in grades 10 through 12, undergraduate and graduate level university and college students who are interested in a museum, education, art or marketing career.
A unique service-learning opportunity in a museum setting, not typically found in most academic settings, develops job skills that build a resume and networking opportunities to assist in a student’s job search.
Volunteer service hours are documented and can be submitted for school-based community service credits and/or course credit.
To apply to the Student Volunteer program, you must submit a completed Student Volunteer Application. Volunteer applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Once approved, new volunteers may be required to attend an orientation session that offers a general understanding of the Museum’s history, operations and programs.
Volunteer hours are available on both a regular and on-call basis during weekdays and weekends year round. Volunteer assignments are based on the needs of the Museum and the applicant’s interests and skills.
The Internship Program at the Museum of Art – DeLand provides a wide variety of educational and professional training opportunities for college students. Museum internships are designed primarily for students majoring in or studying art history, art education, communications and public relations, marketing and information technology.
Museum internships are non-paid, but academic credit may be received depending on the intern’s college program. Students are encouraged to ask their school’s academic advisers about the process for receiving academic credit.
Internships are designed to last at least 6 weeks (60 hours) and typically no more than 12 weeks (120 hours), or the equivalent of a school term or semester. Interns are expected to work 8 to 10 hours per week. Schedules are arranged to meet both the needs of the student and the Museum.
Applications should be made 30 to 45 days prior to the proposed starting date or as soon as possible. Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview and considered for placement based on the needs of the Museum.