What if I told you that being a Docent is something that I've long dreamed of doing, but never really considered myself studied enough to step into such a coveted role. And then The High came into my life and provided a pathway for this incredible docent journey and the opportunity to engage and share everything from our vast permanent collection to special exhibits with all our guests. This role affords me great pride by representing The High and I look forward to the same through my involvement with the NDSC
My Connection with the NDSC
I'm a retired banking human resources professional who's now reveling in "My 2nd Life" as a Docent -- Class of 2014. As I began my adventure, I came across a person that I knew was special, her name is Kristen Keirsey and she was a member of this whole other dimension of docenting that I hadn't even heard of yet; a Regional Director for the NDSC. The more I learned, I knew I was hooked and wanted to be a part of this larger organization and extension of this new world of art + interests + relationships....to be a part of and contributor to this amazingly significant role that provides me with even greater purpose and broader connectedness beyond my role at The High.
My first symposium was Montreal in 2017 and it was electric. The beauty of the opening session, the value of workshops and the camaraderie with fellow docents from across the globe was extraordinary. I loved the experience and embraced it. I was hooked and wanted to be even more involved.
Fast forward, I interviewed for an open slot as a director on the council and was invited to join. I immediately started getting oriented to the magnitude and scope of what it means to be a Regional Director and NDSC Representative. The role is multidimensional and includes everything from reaching out to your region, to writing articles and working on committees. The Regional Director role is challenging, fulfilling and I so appreciate the opportunity to serve.
I have held many volunteer positions and have co-founded several community based arts organizations but being a docent at the High Museum of Art is by far the absolute best one. The exchange with our visitors and my fellow docents is such an enlightening experience. In fact, I call going to the museum as my 'moment of zen'. In June 2019 I received a 5 year pin and plan to add many more pins to the collection.
My Connection to NDSC
My introduction to NDS came from my fellow docents Bryan Brooks and Kristen Kiersey. I am thrilled to serve with them as a co-chair for the 2024 Symposium in Atlanta.