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Inclusion and Diversity – Creating space for multiple and diverse voices

New Articles  (March 2019)

CarolinaShoutRomare Bearden, Carolina ShoutLetter from the NDSC President

It has been one year since we began our series of docents/guides and educators sharing their experiences in broadening the reach and appeal to new and diverse audiences. We have had some excellent insight about success and some challenges. In looking back at this past year, I asked our NDSC directors to let me know what is happening in their institutions right now. Check out these articles:

The Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, OK, shares a new way of viewing and touring the permanent collection, looking at artists who are also immigrants in their exhibition Americans All!

From the Palm Springs Museum, docent David Winton shares his experience touring the special exhibition “Unsettled: Art on the New Frontier” (until April 30th, 2019) about the settlement of the West including the indigenous people living prior to “settlement.” 

And at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City (host for the 2021 symposium) the co-chairs review a broad range of new events, tours and training for welcoming new audiences. 

I am also happy to share with you a contribution from Toni Kendrick, a docent at the Mint Museum in North Carolina recounting how she loves designing “highlights tours” saying it is one of the most creative aspects of being a docent. 

For docents and guides inclusion is really a part of our everyday practice and eventually it will become a seamless part of the fabric of our cultural institutions.

Let’s hear from you. Consider being a part of the Interchange to share ideas and experiences of our everyday practices so that we may learn and grow together.

Mina Shea, President, National Docent Symposium Council

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