Odom Junior Docents

Through a yearlong series of multifaceted presentations, students from Odom Academy learn about working in a museum, visit with artists, and learn how to give tours at the museum.

Advanced middle school art students from Odom Academy, the Beaumont Independent School District arts magnet, make 10 to 12 visits per school year to the Art Museum of Southeast Texas to take part in this program. At AMSET, Odom Junior Docents (OJDs) learn about museum practices and interact with exhibits and artists.

The Junior Docents also create their own artwork and participate in a framing workshop with the Education and Curatorial Departments. Their artwork is then displayed each spring in AMSET’s Quinn Lecture Hall.

The culmination of the program is an intensive, two-day round of guided tours for all Odom Academy sixth-graders (approximately 250 12 year-olds). OJDs organize and guide tours through all the current exhibitions on view and also through the exhibit of their own artwork. At a reception for their exhibit, students receive a recognition gift and earn a final grade based on tour evaluations completed by teachers and family.

This program fosters an understanding of the need for volunteers within our community. Many OJDs go on to volunteer at Family Arts Days and other AMSET events.



Art Museum of Southeast Texas
500 Main Street
Beaumont, TX 77701

(409) 832-3432


M–F: 9am – 5pm
Sat: 10am – 5pm
Sun: Noon – 5pm
Closed major holidays

Admission is always FREE.
Donations accepted.