Linda Oidtmann, Docent, Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, NH; New England Director, NDSC, and Chair NDSC Education Grants (November 2018)
As of 2017, the National Docent Symposium Council (NDSC) has awarded 43 education grants to volunteer docents/guides attending a National Docent Symposium for the first time. The grants cover the registration fee and support the NDSC goal of broadening the number of museums, galleries and cultural institutions that will send docents/guides to future symposia. It is our belief that all docents/guides can benefit from the outstanding educational programs, speakers and ideas offered at National Docent Symposia.
In 2003 a scholarship (education grant) fund was established by the Natural History Museum of the County of Los Angeles, to honor Carole and Gene Kramer. Carole (a docent and former NDSC president) and Gene were strong supporters of the museum, both sharing generously of their time and resources. The Kramers continued to add to the fund on a regular basis for many years.
Most recently, grants have been solely financed from NDSC funds raised largely through sales of The Docent Handbook 2 and commemorative gifts and donations to the NDSC. This year, four of the grants will be funded by gifts received in memory of Sybil Williamson, a docent at the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, and NDSC director and Past-President; and a gift given by Council members to honor Anne Stellmon, our current Past President.
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