New Articles in the Series (November 2018)
- Creating space for multiple and diverse voices Inclusion and Diversity
Cultural institutions across North America are working to diversify their audiences and become more inclusive and welcoming places for everyone. The role of the docent or guide is becoming more dynamic. We hope that these articles will provide you with ideas and examples on the training, touring and engagement skills required in this new vision of a cultural place.
New Articles about Inclusion and Diversity Initiatives (November 2018):
American History through the African American Lens: Docent Janice Ferebee introduces us to the newest Smithsonian museum and the experience of docenting there. Read it here.
Inclusion in the Galleries: A Conversation on Internal Change: Amelia Wiggins, Manager of Gallery Learning & Interpretation at the Delaware Art Museum, reports on a conversation with Gilda Teixido Kelsey, a member of the Delaware Art Museum’s 2017 museum guide class, about her experience with the museum’s initiative to put inclusion at the forefront of the vision for their institution and the continuing education program for guides. Read it here.
Find all articles on inclusion and diversity here
Find online resources on inclusion and diversity here
We welcome your docent ideas and experiences. Share them by:
-- joining the National Docents Forum Facebook group, an interactive forum for docents and guides.
Mina Shea, President, National Docent Symposium Council
The revised edition of our popular docent handbook - The Docent Handbook 2 - is now available for purchase. This valuable resource for docents, guides and interpreters from museums and cultural institutions of all types in the US and Canada is a stimulating and informative "nuts and bolts" manual.
“this is not an academic treatise but rather a wealth of clearly-presented suggestions any docent can easily incorporate into their own practice".- Mica Meadow, Docent,San Antonio Museum of Art
Read more of Mica's remarks and find other customer reviews of The Docent Handbook 2 here.
For more information and ordering instructions, click this LINK
Diane Massicotte, co-chair Montreal Symposium 2017 (October 2018)
The Directors of the National Docent Symposium Council (NDSC) not only are active docents in their respective cultural institutions but they are frequent and ongoing participants in the symposia over many years. They offer their insight from their experiences at the symposia and how the NDSC offers cultural institutions throughout the United States and Canada an excellent forum for the exchange of new ideas and best practices.
What are pre-symposium tours? How are they planned? Get the insider information from NDS 2017 co-chair Diane Massicotte.
New Contributions (November 2018)
Many docents are adventurous travelers. We continue a series on docent travels to unique places and interesting museums with a visit to Nigeria, which you can find here.
Find PowerPoint Presentations and Handouts at the Symposia menu tab above or click here