In the next several months leading up to the opening of registration for NDS2022 you will find regular and timely information about deadlines and opportunities that you will not want to miss. If you are one of the 1200+ who have, in the past year, joined our Facebook Forum and have appreciated our vibrant and supportive community you may be looking for ways to get more involved. Here are a few timely items for September...
We will alert you to several more opportunities to actively participate in our initiatives throughout this fall and into the coming year. Stay tuned and watch this space!
We are proud to recognize our supporters by profiling the individuals and institutions that inspire them. From left to right, Gin Wachter (Saint Louis Art Museum); Cheryl Palmer (The Mint Museum); Renée Brummel Franklin (Saint Louis Art Museum); and Wadsworth Atheneum Docent Council 50th Anniversary.
Fostering personal connection among 210 active docents and 107 supporting docents was the goal of the digital magazine started by the docents of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. The magazine was conceived at the start of the pandemic as a way to share information and replace some of the things docents missed: the social aspect of lunches in the cafes after lectures, in-person parties, and travel to other museums. In shifting gears seamlessly, these adaptable and resourceful docents have demonstrated the docent creed: Be Flexible. Read more about it here.
From the moment the pandemic led to the shutdown of all Smithsonian Institution facilities in March 2020, docents at the National Air and Space Museum began looking forward to the day when they could return to doing what docents do best: engaging with visitors. Thanks to innovative thinking and a lot of hard work by museum staff and the docents themselves, Air and Space docents were able to resume their docent duties in September with the initiation of the museum’s Virtual Volunteer Artifact Station Program. Read more about this exciting and innovative program here!
Getty Museum Docent Lee Rubinstein didn't let the pandemic slow her down! Active in the National Docents Forum Facebook group, she decided to combine her art history, touring, and organizing skills to bring together over 40 fellow docents and guides for a virtual art curatorial program. This labor of love has been a great way for docents across the U.S. and Canada to collaborate and learn. Read more about Lee's experience here.
Since the landmark exhibition, 30 Americans, was on view over two years ago, the Tucson Museum of Art has embarked on a journey to rethink all aspects of docent touring and training. From a successful breakout session at NDS 2019 based on the exhibition, to an indepth exploration of what DEAI means to the Museum's and docent corps' mission, new approaches and programs are being developed to usher the TMA into the future. Read more here.