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Inclusion and Diversity Articles (Summer 2019)

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New articles (Summer 2019)

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.  

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Mina Shea, President, National Docent Symposium Council

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The Docent Handbook 2 

Now available in two versions, digital and print.

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Insight from the Council 

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.


Traveling Docents

New Contributions (Fall 2019)

Many docents are adventurous travelers. We continue a series on docent travels to unique places and interesting museums with a journey to Kenya and Tanzania

Take a video tour of Holland with a docent from Crystal Bridges Museum.

More Travel Stories from Docents: Homes and Historic Sites in the Eastern United StatesAmsterdamTwin CitiesMalta: Scenery, History and Art.  

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