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Neither snow nor rain... Docents braved the storm to provide a promised outdoor sculpture tour. A recent touring experience in the extended rainy season of Iowa illustrated the dedication of docents to art experiences for children.
Get to know more about the artist, Jordan Casteel and the planning of her first solo museum exhibition at the Denver Art Museum.
New Tours? New Audiences? Read about the Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC and the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA and how they are engaging docents, the museum, and the community in new, meaningful and memorable experiences.
Seeking better connections between docents and education departments? The Bowers Museum Docent Guild, Santa Ana, CA writes about their experience.
Let’s hear from you. Consider being a part of the Interchange to share ideas and experiences of our everyday practices so that we may learn and grow together.
Mina Shea, President, National Docent Symposium Council
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3rd grade class, Kuemper Catholic School, Carroll, Iowa
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
Keeping the Exchange Alive
Mina Shea, President, National Docent Symposium Council, Docent, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (Fall 2019)
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.
The National Docent Symposium Council strives to “Keep the exchange alive” and to provide a professional network for docents, guides and educators nationally and internationally all year and every year. Read more from NDSC President Mina Shea.
New Contributions (Fall 2019)
Many docents are adventurous travelers. We continue a series on docent travels to unique places and interesting museums with a trip through some homes and historic sites in the Eastern United States.
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