A Volunteer Organization
The National Docent Symposium Council (NDSC), is the only national docent/guide organization providing multiple platforms for the continuing education and exchange of ideas for docents and guides since the first national docent symposium in 1981.
We serve the docent/guide community:
- Sponsoring biennial symposia for the professional development of docents and guides
- Providing an up-to-date interactive website with articles of interest and shared practices for docents, guides and educators
- Hosting an online forum for ongoing issues of importance for docents and museum educators; the National Docents Forum, a closed Facebook group
- Publishing the Docent Handbook 2 ©, a publication for docents/guides authored by docents
A VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION
The NDSC board of directors is made up of active docents/guides from cultural institutions throughout the United States and Canada. The directors serve a 4-year term at their own expense attending annual board meetings and the biennial symposium. Meet our Board of Directors.
RECRUITMENT OF DIRECTORS
Consider serving on the NDSC board.
Docents at the Indianapolis Museum of Art organized the first nationwide meeting of docents in 1981. A second symposium was held in 1983 at the Milwaukee Art Museum and a third in1985 at the Oakland Museum. At this time, it was believed necessary that a permanent advisory board be established to ensure continuation of the symposium which, since then, has been held every other year at a museum in the United States or Canada. See List of Symposium Host Sites. Please see historical timeline of our NDSC organization.
The NDSC is a 501 c 3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing an ongoing forum for docent/guide education and the exchange of ideas since 1981. See a brief summary of annual income and expenses.