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Docent Ambassador Program

The Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco is recruiting friendly and ambitious Docent Ambassadors to join our growing team! Docent Ambassadors will be trained to lead guests on our Chinatown History & Art Tour (C.H.A.T). The C.H.A.T program is an immersive, place-based learning opportunity that educates students and visitors on the art and history of Chinatown’s community activism and resiliency. This interactive guided tour encourages guests to explore different art activation sites in the neighborhood and deepen their understanding of Chinatown’s multifaceted social, cultural, and political evolution through storytelling. Having an extensive arts or history background is not necessary! As part of the program, participants will receive hands-on training on Chinatown history, contemporary arts, and museum education practices. Minimal experience required.

 “I’ve been a docent at the CCC for 7 years. During a tour with a fifth grade class, we came across the “Asian American Community Heroes” mural, which CCC had organized together with community youth and leaders. The students listened to struggles of ancestors who paved the way toward some of the freedoms we have today.” — Eugenia, docent since 2015

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We're looking for committed individuals who

  • Enjoy storytelling

  • Feel comfortable with or willing to learn public speaking

  • Have a desire to learn about and teach local Asian American art and history

  • Have an understanding and sensitivity to racial equity in education

  • Enjoy meeting new people with diverse audiences, age groups, and learning styles.

  • Have a flexible schedule to be on-call docent during school year

  • Are reliable and attentive to detail and accuracy

  • Must be able to move around outdoors and indoors for 2 hours at a time

  • Have access to email and a computer


  • Training Sessions start March - June 2023

  • Training Dates take place on Fridays 10:30 - 1:30PM (3/31 Orientation, 4/7, 4/14,  4/21, 4/28. 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 6/2, 6/16 Graduation)

  • Assist and engage visitors at our Visual Arts Gallery and learn about current exhibitions

  • Lead a minimum of 5 C.H.A.T. tours in duration of program

  • Upon completion of the program, docents will commit as regular on-call paid docents for the following school year, 2023 - 2024.​


  • $1,500 Stipend for completion of training program  

  • Knowledge about Chinatown history and art

  • Teaching to a wide array of guests (school tours to private tours)

  • Public Speaking Skills

  • Educational enrichment opportunities to deepen understanding of San Francisco Chinatown 


  • Discounts at CCC’s Design store


  • One-year Contemporaries Membership at the Supporter Level to enter at free admission 200+ galleries and museums in North America

  • Opportunities to attend gallery openings, shows, banquets, fundraising galas

  • Opportunities to work with the local community, artists and engage in community arts projects

Docent Application Calendar

  • January 2023 - Application open 

  • March 12, 2023 - Application closes 

  • March 13 - March 24 - Interviews

  • March 24 - Docent Ambassador offers announced

" "Know History, Know Self" is my favorite mural to educate students on — it's named after a saying that reminds people that when we know about our histories, we are more rooted in ourselves to dismantle oppression. As an immigrant and teacher myself, I can relate to this mural. It showed me that community and arts education is important for students’ development and their sense of identity in relation to the Chinatown community." — Rong, docent 2022 cohort

"For Chinatown students, knowing the histories and stories of their own neighborhood is important because this knowledge alongside self expression can empower our students to feel a stronger sense of belonging and investment in the Chinatown community"

— Bonnie Tong, Jean Parker Elementary teacher

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