For Immediate Release

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The Gibbes Museum presents the Junior Docent program

With Charleston Day School

(Charleston, South Carolina) – On May 8, 2013, Charleston Day Junior Docents presented final programs to their parents. In 2009, the Gibbes Museum of Art partnered with Charleston Day to form a partnership to train eighth grade class to become Junior Docents. This program offers students the opportunity to research, write, and speak about a piece of art from the Gibbes permanent collection. Every year students in the program choose a work from The Charleston Story after touring the museum with Gibbes Museum Educators. They research and practice presenting throughout the semester. Then, they lead lower school students as well as their parents on a tour of the permanent collection.

Andy Willits, Charleston Day Middle School Head says, “The Charleston Day eighth grade docents delivered an exciting tour to parents and other family members about the Gibbes permanent collections. Each student chose a piece from either Colonial, Renaissance, or Modern art period in the Gibbes collection and expounded about its particular style, the artist, and even the history of its subject. Amazingly, they all found pieces that matched their personality and interests, enabling the docents to deliver an informative though genuine presentation about the artwork. Parents and family members were delighted to learn so much about the Gibbes, its collection, and the local artists it features. Mostly, they were inspired to learn that their children could speak so competently about art and a piece of Charleston\'s fascinating history.”

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905. 

Located in Charleston’s historic district, the Gibbes houses a premier collection of over 10,000 works of fine art, principally American works with a Charleston or Southern connection and presents special exhibitions annually. In addition, the museum offers an extensive complement of public programming and educational outreach initiatives.

As the aesthetic heart of the Lowcountry, the Gibbes serves the community by stimulating creative expression, increasing economic vitality through tourism, and improving the region’s superb quality of life.

135 Meeting Street * Charleston, SC * 29401