Almost 40 years ago, the tradition of the National Docent Symposium began. First hosted in 1981 by the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the NDS has since welcomed over 6,000 docents and guides from institutions across the U.S. and Canada. Today, our reach goes beyond this biennial event to educate, inspire and foster connections that enrich our docent practice and sense of community. As the only national organization run by and for docents, we strive to meet your unique and evolving needs.
We believe that docents and guides thrive when they have opportunities to learn, share and connect. Help us continue to provide these opportunities. Join our campaign now through the end of the year. In thanks for your contribution, we have some new and exciting ways to give back to you! Find out more here.