The Institute of Contemporary Art

25 Harbor Shore Drive
Boston, MA 02210

Date Posted:
July 09, 2019

Eastern Massachusetts



ICA Tour Guides


ICA Tour Guides program includes a dynamic community of volunteer members within the Education Department with a shared interest in the art of our time. Through discussion-based tours, the Tour Guides encourage visitors of all ages to make meaningful connections with contemporary art and culture. ICA Tour Guides come from a variety of professional and personal backgrounds. There is no formal art or art history training is required.

The ICA is currently accepting applications for the fall 2019 Tour Guide training program.


  • · Enthusiasm for art, museums, and conversing with people of all ages and backgrounds
  • · Commitment to multicultural and inclusive teaching practices
  • · Comfortable speaking to and interacting with the public
  • · Attendance at weekly training classes during the initial training program. Trainings take place on Thursday afternoons September – November.
  • · Attendance at exhibition and supplementary trainings after the initial training program, offered weekday afternoons and weekend mornings.
  • · Tour Guides must have the ability to conduct outside research in preparation for tours.


  • · Exclusive trainings, field trips, exhibition openings, and other social events with museum staff
  • · Unlimited free admission to the museum for you and up to two guests
  • · Discounts in the ICA Store
  • · Discounts on ICA-produced programs
  • · Free and/or discounted admission at select museums
  • · Minimum 2-year commitment after the initial training program
  •   Availability to lead an average of 4 tours per month after the initial training program. Tours are scheduled Tuesdays-Sundays, including some evenings.
  • · Availability on one or more weekday mornings Tuesdays-Fridays is highly desirable, as these are busy days for tours.
How To Apply:

Interested applications should complete an application form:

Applications accepted for the Tour Guide training class beginning September 12, 2019. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis throughout the summer. Applicants will be notified upon acceptance to the program. All accepted applicants will participate in a 10-week training class every Thursdays from 1-3 pm. The training classes cover an introduction to the ICA, our iconic building, and collection; an overview of themes in contemporary art; touring strategies and basic learning theory; and audience considerations.

Note: The ICA Tour Guide program does not accept applications from current high school or college students. For more information, please or call the Tour Programs Manager at (617) 478-3178.

Apply by:
September 03, 2019
About this Organization:

The Institute of Contemporary Art strives to share the pleasures of reflection, inspiration, provocation, and imagination that contemporary art offers through public access to art, artists, and the creative process.

The ICA’s primary activities are to present outstanding contemporary art in all medium, including visual art exhibitions, music, film, video, and performance that is deserving of in depth public attention to Boston audiences. To provide innovative experiential learning opportunities for people of all ages through direct encounters with artists and art making. To design interpretative programs that provide context for, develop appreciation of, and add meaning to contemporary art and culture