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The Freer and Sackler Galleries, the Smithsonian’s museums of Asian art, are seeking creative, energetic, outgoing volunteers to serve as Gallery Teachers for the exhibition Shahnameh: 1000 Years of the Persian Book of Kings.

Gallery Teachers converse with visitors about art and culture, building cross-cultural bridges and encouraging guests to share their perspectives and personal connections with the works in the galleries.

For this exhibition, Gallery Teachers will engage visitors in examining and discussing the epic–illustrating its stories with objects and hands-on demonstrations–as well as Persian painting.

They will also answer general museum questions and introduce visitors to the collections and history of the Freer and Sackler Galleries.

Applicants must be available on weekends (Saturday or Sunday) in March and April. All Gallery Teachers will be required to participate in a day-long (on Sunday, March 13th 2011) celebration of the Persian New Year (Norooz), .

Click here to apply online and further details on how you can get involved.

Applications will be accepted through January 6, 2011.