Regional Directors

Being a docent is the best job that I have ever had!  I love sharing what I learn about art with our audiences of all ages.  My goal is for our visitors to want to return the museum again and again.  

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  • Docent Since 2012
  • Elected 2015
  • Museum Name The Hood Museum, New Hampshire
  • Museum Photo Museum Photo

About Linda

Why is being a docent the best volunteer job, bar none? It’s because it involves training and studying, collaborating with friends, and engaging with museum-goers of all ages in discussions around art. And now, thanks to the opportunity afforded by serving on the National Docent Symposium Council, I have the chance to expand these activities across the US and Canada! I particularly look forward to meeting docents from around the New England region over the next two years.

My Connection with the NDSC

I’m indebted to Sybil Williamson, Past-President of the NDSC, fellow Hood docent, and friend, for urging me to attend my first symposium in Cleveland in 2015. Not only did I engage enthusiastically with fellow art lovers over four glorious days, I was so impressed by the mission of the NDSC that I ran for, and was elected to, the Council as a Regional Director for the New England area! On joining the Council, I became part of the team responsible for revising and publishing an updated version of our popular publication - The Docent Handbook 2. Currently I serve as the Handbook Coordinator.

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  • Docent Since 2012
  • Elected 2015
  • Museum Name The Hood Museum
  • Museum Photo Museum Photo

About Jan 

Being a docent is one of the best things I've ever done. Seeing a visitor, especially a student, really connect with a work of art is a priceless experience. It has also given me the privilege of associating with a fascinating group of life-long learners who love art and work hard to engage visitors to our museum to help them find delight, wonder, and insight.

My Connection with the NDSC

My first National Docent Symposium (NDS) was in San Francisco in 2013. We had been sending the docent president to NDS for years. The president that year encouraged me to come on my own as VP of our docent organization. We had begun work on a couple of initiatives for our docent corps. From the beginning, in the bus for a pre-symposium tour, I met docents who had useful information, ideas, and contacts that gave an enormous boost to our efforts. I was thrilled to meet and learn from docents from all over North America. We came back brimming with ideas and enthusiasm, as well as new friends. Joining the NDSC in 2015 as a director has given me a chance to contribute to the continuation of the symposium and to improvement of our resources to help docents connect online. My docent experience has been that we learn best from each other. The NDSC has given me a way to expand that truth beyond docents at my own museum to those across North America.

 

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  • Docent Since 2007
  • Elected 2015
  • Museum Name The Walters
  • Museum Photo Museum Photo

About Adele

One of the most delightful aspects of being a docent at the Dali is that we are often visited by guests who have met or intersected with Dali at some point in their lives and are making a pilgrimage to our museum. These first hand experiences bring the artist to life for me and enrich my tours. The challenge is that the Dali Museum is a single artist museum so I weave world history, describe art movements and discuss other artists that influenced Dali’s work.

My Connection with the NDSC

I became aware of the NDSC value as a docent resource as a member of the Dali Museum’s Volunteer Council when several docents were planning to attend the 2013 Symposium in San Francisco. When I was asked to attend the 2015 Symposium on behalf of the Dali, I realized I wanted to become engaged with the Council and applied to become a Regional Director. My responsibility to manage the email communications and proposal to develop the Docents Forum on Facebook enables me to introduce the NDSC and our resources to a broader docent/guide and docent education community.

 

 

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  • Docent Since 2013
  • Elected 2015
  • Museum Name The Salvador Dali Museum
  • Museum Photo Museum Photo

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  • Docent Since 2007
  • Elected 2015
  • Museum Name Indianapolis Musem of Art

The very great privilege of introducing children and adults to North West Coast First Nations’ cultures is both humbling and a very great joy, as is the personal growth that occurs as I prepare for my “work” at the Museum of Anthropology. The opportunity to contribute in this way is an unparalleled pleasure.

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  • Docent Since 2010
  • Elected 2015
  • Museum Name The Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia., Vancouver, B.C.
  • Museum Photo Museum Photo

 What I enjoy most is empowering people to think independently about the work - painting, sculpture, video, installation, print, whatever - and to understand the difference between “appreciating” a piece of art and “liking” it, as most people seem to believe that they must “like” everything they see in a gallery. I am thrilled to be part of the NDSC and aspire to contribute in a meaningful way

 

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  As a docent of the Philadelphia Museum of Art I have been given the opportunity to introduce  art to adults and school groups. It's amazing to point out things in a painting or sculpture that perhaps they did not notice. For some it's just introducing them to art.  It's a thrill for them and me. I try to give tours as if this was my home and you are invited in to view the treasures. Love it

 

 

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  • Docent Since 1994
  • Elected 2015
  • Museum Name Philadelphia Museum of art
  • Museum Photo Museum Photo

About Renee

I've been a docent in several of the cities where I've lived and am enjoying my longest tenure with the Mint Museum. I've experienced our museum's growth in physical presence and in focus on visitor engagement and community outreach. One thing remains constant for me - the importance of making connections one tour participant at a time. Works of art are powerful entities offering opportunities for inspiration, challenge, enlightenment, consolation or delight. I hope to help our visitors find what they need as they encounter them

My Connection with the NDSC

I was made aware of the NDSC as a valuable docent resource as a new docent at the Mint. Two docents at the museum served on the Council before me and both were advocates for the organization. It became clear to me that that taking advantage of the Council's opportunities for education and engagement were in my best interest as a docent. That is ever more the case now and, as a website administrator for this site, I'm pleased to play a small part in bringing information, ideas and opportunities to the greater docent/guide community.

 

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  • Docent Since 1988
  • Elected 2015
  • Museum Name The Mint Museum
  • Museum Photo Museum Photo

It is a great privilege to be a docent at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Mia opened wide its massive doors over 100 years ago and our docent core celebrated over 50 years of touring in 2013. The museum is entry free and touring docents encourage connections, critical thinking, exploration and being yourself. It is indeed an honor to be affiliated with Mia, an inclusive museum and to be serving with the talented group on the National Docent Symposium Council.

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  • Docent Since 2001
  • Elected 2017
  • Museum Name Minneapolis Institute of Art
  • Museum Photo Museum Photo
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