Volunteers and Docents

Thank you to all of our dedicated volunteers for everything you do—we couldn't do it without you!

Museum volunteers and docents play an integral role in the success of programs, exhibitions and special events. The Appleton provides the opportunity for individuals to assist museum members and guests, while meeting others with similar interests.

Become a Volunteer

Volunteers give their time and talent to the Appleton for many reasons. Perhaps the foremost reason is their love of art and a desire to share that love with others in the community. The support that volunteers provide to the professional staff is an important and valuable contribution to the ongoing work of the museum. We want our volunteers to not only enjoy their work at the Appleton, but to be proud of their affiliation with the museum and to feel they are part of the Appleton museum family.

Volunteer Benefits

  • A beautiful environment
  • Intellectual stimulation
  • Opportunities to meet people
  • A personalized nametag
  • Special recognition for service to the museum
  • Invitation to annual volunteer party
  • Trips to other museums at special rates
  • Interesting seminars and workshops
  • Use of the museum Library


  • Commit to a minimum of 50 hours of service per year
  • Plan a day or partial day for their services once a week
  • Attend all training sessions
  • Fulfill a 30-day probationary period
  • Comply with all museum and college policies and procedures

For an application to become a part of our volunteer team, please click here. Instructions for submitting your application can be found on the document. For questions, contact Griselle Gonzalez-Vazquez.

Become a docent

The word docent is derived from the Latin word docere, meaning “to teach.” Docents fulfill an important volunteer position at the museum, leading groups of patrons on tours of the permanent collection and special exhibitions. You do not need an art background to be a docent. Class content consists of learning about the Appleton’s collection, relevant art history, touring techniques and tips. Upon conclusion of training, docents attend monthly meetings on the first Tuesday of every month. During the meetings, tours are assigned, information is disseminated and docents are brought up-to-date on education programming and events. A volunteer application must be completed and submitted to attend the classes.

New docent classes begin in the fall of each year, with time off for the holidays. Class is held once a week on Wednesdays from 10am-noon. For more information, contact Griselle Gonzalez-Vazquez.