Michelle Carpenter

About Michelle

I am fortunate to be able to share the universal language of art with people of every age. If visitors I am touring make connections with the art and want to come back for more, I have done my job well. As docents, we help our visitors explore themselves through the art, and make learning a relevant and enriching experience.

My Connection with the NDSC

As a member of the steering committee for our docent organization's successful bid to host the 2007 National Docent Symposium, I attended my first symposium in 2005. It was a reconnaissance mission to observe and learn and bring back to Phoenix Art Museum the best practices for creating a multi-faceted conference. As co-chair of hotel lodging and meeting logistics, I was thrilled to collaborate with hundreds of regional docents as we prepared to welcome colleagues from across North America. The seeds for understanding the power of docent community were planted during that time. In serving on our docent governing board for the past 14 years, a highlight has been participation at five symposia. The peer connections and incredible learning opportunities led me to seek a position on the Council. It's my turn to help build and nurture a strong and vibrant docent/guide community so that we can make an even greater impact on people's lives.

Additional Info

  • Title: Vice President
  • Docent Since: 2000
  • Elected: 2017
  • Museum Name: Phoenix Art Museum
  • Museum Photo: Museum Photo

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