Becoming a docent has opened multiple doors of opportunity and joy for me that cannot be overrated! Not only am I surrounded with interesting docent colleagues from all walks of life, I am continually nourished with rich intellectual challenges that feed my desire to learn and grow. Sharing art with others has given me the opportunity to give back to our community while feeding my soul in ways that I had never previously anticipated. What an honor it is to share stimulating conversations about culture and history with Museum guests of all ages from differing backgrounds and geographic locations. There is a special exchange of inspiration that occurs during audience engagement when discussing all things art, that creates in me a desire to be a better person and encourages me to strive to excel beyond original expectations. I am most appreciative to have the chance to serve the Phoenix Art Museum and its expanding community in this capacity.
My Connection to NDSC
I first learned about the National Docent Symposium in 2006 when Phoenix Art Museum Docents had the honor of hosting NDS 2007. Through the enthusiasm that grew during the coming months, I began to understand the importance of the NDS relishing the idea of sharing and absorbing docent insights with fellow colleagues from around the country. I have currently attended four National Docent Symposia including the 2013 San Francisco NDS serving as a Docent representative, and the 2017 NDS in Montreal while serving as Docent president. Most recently I attended the NDS 2019 in Washington DC becoming one of two Western Regional Directors on the NDS Council. I am elated to be a part of this national team. As I become more acquainted with the breadth and scope of the NDS mission, I will look forward to sharing ideas and information with the NDS community at large.