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Corning Museum of Glass Seeks Volunteer Docents

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August 23, 2012

Corning, NY—The Corning Museum of Glass is currently seeking Docents (volunteer guides) to help share the history, art and science of glass with visitors from around the world, including special guests and school groups. Docents enrich guests’ experience with engaging tours and conversations about the Museum’s collection, the most comprehensive collection of glass art and history in the world.

Docents become Museum Members, and receive ongoing behind-the-scenes educational opportunities, complimentary tickets to all Member events, and admission to lectures and seminars. They also receive discounts in the GlassMarket and Museum restaurants. Docents use the extensive resources in the Rakow Research Library and have the opportunity to meet some of the world’s leading glass scholars and contemporary glass artists.

An intensive training program focusing on the Museum’s collection begins in September. Training continues through the spring, with presentations about the Museum and instruction on conducting tours for visitors of all ages. The training program includes having an individual mentor and is supplemented by periodic enrichment programs, shadowing of experienced guides, and opportunities for independent study. No previous glass or history knowledge is required. Multilingual candidates are welcome.

The application deadline for the 2012-2013 New Docent Training class is September 10, 2012. For information, please contact Kala Karden at 607.438.5286 or volunteers@cmog.org. More details are available at www.cmog.org/get-involved/volunteer/docent.

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About The Corning Museum of Glass

The Corning Museum of Glass is home to the world’s most important collection of glass, including the finest examples of glassmaking spanning 3,500 years. Live glassblowing demonstrations (offered at the Museum, on the road, and at sea on Celebrity Cruises) bring the material to life. Daily Make Your Own Glass experiences at the Museum enable visitors to create work in a state-of-the-art glassmaking studio. The campus in Corning includes a year-round glassmaking school, The Studio, and the Rakow Research Library, the world’s preeminent collection of materials on the art and history of glass. Located in the heart of the Finger Lakes Wine Country of New York State, the Museum is open daily, year-round. Kids and teens, 17 and under, receive free admission. www.cmog.org.

The Museum recently opened a 100,000-square-foot Contemporary Art + Design Wing, designed by Thomas Phifer. The new wing includes a new 26,000-square-foot contemporary art gallery building, as well as one of the world’s largest facilities for glassblowing demonstrations and live glass design sessions.