Voice Your Vision!
Gallery Guide Program
Voice Your Vision! Guided tour program at the
Tufts University Art Gallery offers a unique learning
community for Tufts students. Each year eight to ten motivated undergraduate and
graduate students with interests primarily in art history, museums, education
and visual literacy participate and hone their critical thinking and looking
skills while sharing the value of visual analysis and collegial dialogue with
their peers. Laura Tillery (M.A. '10),
a former Tufts student guide, comments that the Voice Your Vision! program has
been a "tremendous learning experience," "incredibly helpful to my teaching,
academic research, close-looking at objects, and my public speaking skills."
Guest speakers, site visits to area arts institutions, and intimate interactions
with curators and exhibiting artists add additional professional development
opportunities and establish the program as a unique, on-campus learning
To learn more about the program or to schedule a tour, contact:
Tours are designed using the Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) technique. Rather
than lecturing, Gallery Guides lead small groups (approximately 10 people) in
conversations by asking open-ended questions that encourage close examination
and consideration of selected works. VTS lends itself to spending 10-15 minutes
before a single work of art. Rather than providing a comprehensive tour of an
entire exhibit, guides introduce key works of art that touch on the major themes
of each exhibit. VTS works equally well with children and adults, experienced
art viewers and those who are less accustomed to arts settings. Each tour lasts
about one hour.
Become a Tour Guide
The Tufts University Art Gallery is creating a small cadre of volunteer Gallery
Guides who are interested in developing their visual literacy, facilitation, and
presentation skills. This group works closely with the Gallery Educator to craft
and lead thematic and/or interdisciplinary discussion-based tours. Once trained,
Gallery Guides will be expected to sign up to give scheduled tours and
participate in ongoing learning experiences throughout the year. Art historians,
museum studies candidates and potential educators from all fields should submit
a resume and brief letter of interest to
Liz Canter by early September.
Book a Tour
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm and Thursdays until 8
pm. Tours before 11 am on weekdays are also possible. Please contact
Gallery Educator & Academic Programs Coordinator, to
learn more or to schedule a tour.
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