New Articles in the Series (August 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:
Building Empathy Through Art - Michelle Carpenter, a docent at the Phoenix Art Museum and NDSC Regional Director, shares her experience at a workshop regarding what empathy-building might look and feel like in a museum setting. Read it here.
Inclusion at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) - The AGO is undertaking a number of initiatives to better present Canada's historical and current narratives from multiple perspectives. Fran Bleviss, AGO Gallery Guide and NDSC Regional Director, reports on these efforts to make all of Canada's people feel welcome and included. Read it here.
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Mina Shea, President, National Docent Symposium Council
Jan Thorman, Regional Director, National Docent Symposium Council (August 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.
Wondering about what the symposium is and whether you should attend the next one to be held in Washington D.C. in 2019? Get some insider tips from the National Docent Symposium Council members who have attended and benefited from numerous symposia. Mid-Atlantic Regional Director Jan Thorman explains what the National Docent Symposium is.
New Contributions (August 2018)
Many docents are adventurous travelers. We continue a series on docent travels to unique places and interesting museums with a visit to the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia, which you can find here.
More New Travel Stories from Docents: A Cultural Journey to British Columbia, A Docent Travels to the Motherland, Dakar, Senegal, A 5-Star LA Art Trip, and A Summer Visit to Calgary.
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.
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