Being a docent provides a unique opportunity to share art with the public while learning from visitors on a daily basis. No matter how much time I’ve spent with an object, I seem to always see that work of art a little differently after each tour. I especially love touring with high school students when a certain “spark” is ignited as the student finds a connection between something on the tour and their life experience. And I simply love the high quality of our docent training. It’s like a graduate level course in art history, exhibition planning, trends in museum practice and knowledge of emerging artists.
My Connection with the NDSC
My first National Docent Symposium was 2017 in Montreal. As vice president of our Docent Council I was invited to attend but had no idea what to expect. The range of touring options, new and useful techniques and different ways to engage our audiences were thrilling to learn. And the excitement of being a docent was palpable. I left invigorated and excited to apply my learnings with our entire Docent Corp. This year, as president of our Council I enthusiastically signed up to attend in Washington DC. Inspired by a fellow docent in our program who has served on the board, I look forward to my new role as Regional Director to encourage docents from other museums to join me in Kansas City.