Morse Monday and Docent Training Course
This year, the Museum’s Morse Monday program will be a two-part program, including docent training lectures and brief talks by Central Florida museum directors and art administrators. Lectures about our collection ensure that all volunteers receive the same important information. We continually learn about our collection and want everyone to receive these updates. Talks by representatives from various art organizations serve as ideal introductions to or reminders about the artistic and educational resources in our area.
The sessions take place from 9:30 a.m. until noon in the Hugh and Jeannette McKean Pavilion, 161 West Canton Avenue (just behind the Museum) the last Monday of the month in November, January, February, March, and April. October’s meeting will be held on the third Monday of the month.
Docents-in-training must attend all docent training lectures before they can move forward with their instruction. Active docents who have attended all lectures are given priority on the tour schedule, and of course, any interested volunteer or member is welcome.
Monday, September 30
Preview of season’s events and exhibitions for volunteers.
Monday, October 21
Lecture: The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art and Hugh and Jeannette McKean. Director Laurence J. Ruggiero.
Special Event: Gallery tour with Curator and Collection Manager Jennifer Thalheimer.
Monday, November 25
Lecture: Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Early Years and his Glass. Curator of Education Betsy Peters.
Special Guest: Andrea Bailey-Cox, Executive Director and CEO, Art & History Museums—Maitland.
Monday, January 27
Lecture: Tiffany as an Artistic Decorator. Curator and Collection Manager Jennifer Thalheimer.
Special Guest: Ena Heller, Ph.D., Bruce A. Beal Director, Cornell Fine Arts Museum.
Monday, February 24
Lecture: Late Tiffany Production (blown glass, lamps, enamels, jewelry, and pottery). Curator of Education Betsy Peters.
Special Guest: Flora Maria Garcia, President and CEO, United Arts of Central Florida.
Monday, March 31
Lecture: Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Gospel of Good Taste. Curator and Collection Manager Jennifer Thalheimer.
Special Guest: Debbie Komanski, Executive Director, Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens.
Monday, April 28
Lecture: Tiffany’s Retirement Years. Curator and Collection Manager Jennifer Thalheimer.
Special Guest: Glen Gentele, Director and CEO, Orlando Museum of Art.
Special Exhibition Training
Learn about this season’s new installations. All docents and docents-in-training should meet in the McKean Pavilion at 9:45 a.m. on the following dates for training by the museum staff:
Monday, October 28
Docent training for Lullaby and Goodnight. Curator and Collection Manager Jennifer Thalheimer.
Monday, February 10
Sneak-peak at the Laurelton Hall Wing Cell Phone Tours. Curator of Education Betsy Peters.
Family Program Training
In the summer, the Morse organizes free programs for elementary-school-age children and their parents and guardians. These popular programs fill up quickly and regularly have waiting lists for participants. Docents who are confirmed to help with the Museum’s family programs should plan to attend training at 9:45 a.m., Monday, June 16, in the McKean Pavilion.
Additional Volunteer Opportunities
The following are particularly big events during our calendar year. To find out more, call the Education Department at (407) 645-5311, extension 111.
35th Annual Christmas in the Park
Docents are needed to help explain the windows displayed, and other volunteers are needed as hosts at the reception at the Pavilion preceding the event. Christmas in the Park is scheduled for Thursday, December 5, from 6:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Winter Park’s Central Park.
Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival
Museum volunteers work with staff to help children complete an art activity at our tent in the Children’s Workshop Village at the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival. During the three-day festival, the Morse will have its workshop open on Friday, March 21 and Saturday, March 22.
Docents provide family tours during our popular Friday night and summer family programs. Dates for the Friday night tours are December 13 and February 21. Summer family tours are Tuesdays, July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29. Summer family films are Fridays, June 27; July 11, and 25; and August 1.