Mary Carmody

About Mary

Sharing the beauty, joy, and inspiration of art, history and nature has long been second nature to me. As an independent consultant in event management, I’ve had many opportunities to travel and explore, and have been inspired by the docents and guides in these journeys who have shared their insights with me. 

My own volunteer docent experience began at the Missouri Botanical Garden, first in the historical home of its founder and then in an exuberant garden sculpture installation.

My dream of becoming a docent at the St. Louis Art Museum came true when I was accepted into the 2009 docent training program. SLAM is a comprehensive collecting institution, free to all, and I’ve been happily sharing and learning from its wonderful collaboration of community, art professionals, fellow docents, and visitors of all ages ever since.

My connection with the NDSC

My intro to NDSC came in 2011, in St. Louis, when my friend and mentor Gin Wachter headed up our host committee. My role was mainly behind the scenes, in hotel meeting logistics. So I was eager to fully attend the next NDSC, in San Francisco, as Co-Chair of our St. Louis docent group. I was overwhelmed and inspired by the experience, the idea-sharing and the collegiality of docents and guides from all over North America.

In 2019, I attended the Washington, D.C., and was proud to be elected as an At-Large Director. I look forward to continuing support of the NDSC and its mission to empower and support docents and guides.

Additional Info

  • Docent Since: 2009
  • Elected: 2019
  • Museum Name: St. Louis Art Museum (SLAM)
  • Museum Photo: Museum Photo

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