What’s happening at the NDSC
The NDSC does not sit idle. Like you, we are busy volunteers in our home institutions... but we are also working hard to “keep the exchange alive” and share timely and relevant resources with you! February is Black History Month and a good time to share our many resources on Diversity and Inclusion.
Pamm Prebil, Gallery Guide at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, shares insights on more inclusive tour practices she has learned from special exhibition trainings. Her article, Black History Month in Museums - What can we learn?, is just the latest in our series on Diversity and Inclusion.
The DC Symposium featured many presentations on diversity and inclusion. Here are just a few: Interpreting Tough Topics with Dignity; Tackling Diversity and Cultural Sensitivity with Docents; From Angst to Action: Creating a Docent-led Program to Promote Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. We have an archive of breakout session materials on this website to inspire and inform you on docent practices.
We are also pleased to introduce you to a fabulous new online resource "Tour Toolkit: Developing an Inclusive Tour." shared with us by the docents and education staff at the Minneapolis Art Institute. The toolkit was compiled from best practices for inclusion and engagement in their training curriculum and tour observations from these last two years. The toolkit is publicly available. We encourage you to check it out!
We welcome your experiences and strategies. Join the conversation and pick the brains of your peers on our Facebook Forum.
Madelyn Mayberry, President, National Docent Symposium Council