Art Association certifies volunteer docents

275-SAAA-DocentTrain2016The St. Augustine Art Association recently held its 2016 Docent Certification Training program on Saturday, January 30, at 22 Marine Street. Thirty volunteers attended the three-hour luncheon presentation according to an announcement received by Historic City News today.

Led by Elyse Brady, STAAA Executive Director, and Kay Burtin, Docent Coordinator, the program covered the history of the St. Augustine Art Association and its permanent art collection, organizational operations, tour guidelines and a preview of new developments in the local art scene.

“Docents staff the Art Association gallery on a daily basis and provide an invaluable service to the community,” said Brady. “Last year our docents collectively clocked more than 3500 hours creating an art experience for the public that is engaging, informative and aesthetically beautiful.”

Long-time volunteers Susan Brody and Marilyn Terry were recognized for their outstanding service as docents. Peyton Short, a Flagler College intern, received an award for his groundbreaking work making public art more accessible to the blind population as the first TOUCH St. Augustine “Braille Trail” Docent.

The St. Augustine Art Association Docent Certification Program was developed in 2010 through a grant from the Community Foundation of Northeast Florida.

Participation in the STAAA Docent Corps is open to all who are willing to commit to one year of volunteer service. For information about St. Augustine Art Association volunteer opportunities, call (904) 824-2310 or log on to www.staaa.org.

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