I haven't told anyone here on A2K that I've been doing this, but now that it's accomplished, it's time.
I was accepted into the Docent Internship program at my favorite art museum here in Tulsa last September. 40 people applied, only 20 were accepted. It involved nine months of fairly intensive training, including weekly 3-hour classes, outside research, practice tours, and in-depth evaluations by museum staff as well as mentors. It was much tougher than I ever would have anticipated. In the end, only 8 of us qualified.
I gave my first public tour a week ago today, and will officially "graduate" on the 24th. In addition to giving regular public tours for various groups and ages, I may also speak to community groups in the coming months and years.
This is something I've wanted to do for many years, but I always thought I'd save it for retirement. Last year I decided I was wasting time...I should go for it now. I'm glad I did. It's been a lot of work, but it feels like a major accomplishment.
Here's a link to the museum: http://www.philbrook.org