I am a docent at the Des Moines Art Center and the Pappajohn Sculpture Park in Des Moines, Iowa. My career as an educator and my experience as a volunteer docent have convinced me that we are all here to help each other—to guide each other in our investigation of the way the world works and what this life can be about... to discover what is real ...to find meaning in life. Docents and guides empower people in that process of discovery and self-discovery. This is important work... for anyone! Whether in a museum, a botanical garden, a zoo or a historical site we seek to spark connections between people and the meanings that emerge from an encounter with cultural and natural resources. We enrich the experience... building emotional and intellectual bonds in the process.
My Connection with the NDSC
In 2009 I became aware of the National Docent Symposium, attended my first symposium in Toronto and have attended every Symposium since. I have found great benefit in gathering with like-minded folks who are passionate about what they do and are serious about wanting to continually up their game. The NDSC is very much a working board of directors. I am grateful for my NDSC colleagues who not only volunteer in their home institutions but also generously commit their time and talents to provide an ever-growing range of networking and educational opportunities for docents and guides around the world. Our biennial symposia have always enabled face-to-face collaborating, connecting and exchanging ideas. Recently, our virtual platforms have also become vibrant settings for community building.