Celebrating Docents Through the Decades

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.

This year, we're proud to join the Giving Tuesday campaign on December 1, a global day of gratitude and giving back. We are thankful for our docent peers who have blazed the trail, those who serve alongside us, and those who will be drawn to this "calling" to share their passion with others. Share your favorite memory or experience with the NDSCThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - we want to celebrate YOU.

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


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