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Become an Asian Art Museum Storyteller


New Storyteller Training Class

Apply now to join the Asian Art Museum’s team of dynamic storytellers!

Tell me a fact and I will learn.
Tell me a truth and I will believe.
But tell me a story and it will live in my heart forever.

—Indian Proverb

As an Asian Art Museum storyteller, you will work with the Education department to deliver specialized tours that use storytelling as a tool for engaging visitors with art. Storytellers conduct school programs during the week and public tours on the weekend. They also participate in special events and workshops.

Expectations of Storytelling Volunteers

Participate in Storyteller Training

In preparation for the museum’s transformation project, we are launching a new training class in January 2018. Trainees are required to attend weekly 90-minute workshops from January–December 2018 (hiatus from June–August) and January–March 2019. Training workshops will take place on Wednesdays from 1:30–3:00 pm.

In addition to weekly classes, trainees are expected to shadow and practice school tours about once a month. Storytellers must maintain an active museum membership.

Active Storytellers:

  • conduct two tours per month during the school year (tours last about an hour).
  • complete ongoing continuing education (about eight hours per year).
  • tour exciting special exhibitions (optional).
  • meet fun, remarkable people.



Applications are due by November 10.

Storyteller Application (PDF)

Open House:

To find out more about Storyteller Training, please join us for an Open House.

November 3, 2017, from 1:30–3:00 pm
Asian Art Museum (Education Classrooms)
200 Larkin Street, Civic Center Plaza

Experience a real storyteller session, ask questions, and find out if it’s for you.

RSVP: Caren Gutierrez, Associate Director of Education and Interpretation, at 415-581-3669 or