"One thing I tell people who consider applying for the docent training program is two critical personal qualities docents should possess are flexibility and enthusiasm." - Rena Minisi
"Being a docent at the Albright Knox Art Gallery has been a thoroughly rewarding and enjoyable experience. Leading tours is a labor of love; I have met so many wonderfully talented people, and have learned so much about modern/contemporary art. Taking part in NDSC symposia has been an eye opening experience - I am amazed at all the talent, energy and dedication of docents from museums of every type and size across the United States and Canada. The opportunities for personal fulfillment have grown exponentially since my involvement with both organizations."
Museum Photo: Elmwood Entrance of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY. Image courtesy of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Photo by Tom Loonan.
"When a visitor says to me at the end of a tour, 'This was fun and I am really going to come back.' I know I have done my job well." - Sue Phillips
"For me, life is an exploration; it's about learning new facts, new ideas, and new possibilities. As a docent, I get to share this knowledge with other curious travelers." - Doug McTavish
"As a docent at the Vancouver Art Gallery leading school tours for grades k-12, it is my objective to provide an enjoyable experience so that each student leaves the art gallery eager to return." - Gabrielle Campbell
Curiosity about our lives is the lifeblood of all museums. Artists like scientists ask questions about the world. But Artists wrestle with our non-verbal intelligence our ability to see, hear or feel beyond what we can articulate.