Breakout Session 1: Saturday 11:00-12:00

Please note:  Your Symposium Registration includes ONE Breakout from EACH Session, for a total of 4  Breakout Sessions.

Add the “Wow” to Virtual Tours

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Discover tips and tricks to add the “WOW” factor to online tours. You will explore tools for encouraging conversation and interactivity when you are in a virtual setting. 

Deep Dives with Teens 

Denver Art Museum

Enhance school tours with teens through deep dives within Power and Privilege, Identity, Environment or Design Thinking. Learn about this collaborative tour development process and experience one of the deep dives for yourself.

Diversifying the Docent Corp (This Breakout Session is FULL)

Crocker Art Museum

Learn how this Docent Council successfully recruited and trained docents of diverse backgrounds through tailored continuing education and organized outreach efforts. Specific numerical results and strategies will be discussed and shared with the group.

Engagement in Religion and Art

Saint Louis Art Museum and Cleveland Museum of Art

This workshop examines two different institutional approaches to telling the sacred stories of faith traditions across time and cultures.   

Invite Everyone in - Then What? (This Breakout Session is FULL)

Museum of Fine Arts Houston and Bayou Bend Collection   

Discover new ways to reach non-traditional/underserved groups so their museum experience is enriching and memorable.  Successful outreach efforts and connection techniques; along with strategies to bring these populations to the museum will be discussed.

Remembering the Future

Heard Museum

Open your mind to learn new ideas and ways of thinking when art content is evolving, and perspective is changing.  Walk thru teaching techniques and a training model that emphasizes the intersection of broad artistic and cultural themes.

What’s It Made Of?

Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science

Learn touring strategies through focus on materials needed to make the art objects. You will explore components of a particular art piece and where the raw materials came from. You will also learn to focus on how the same raw materials are used differently in different cultures.

Accessibility = Include Everyone

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Be introduced to an accessibility program designed to increase docents’ awareness and sensitivity to visitors with dementia, low vision, and neuro-cognitive differences. You will learn practical tour strategies and will receive examples of materials and training methods.

50 Visits into the Community

The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Learn how this docent group was able to bring the experience of looking and appreciating art to more than 50 groups who had not been to the museum or are unable to visit the museum.  During the demonstration of this outreach effort, explore the process for engaging community organizations, participate in a demonstration of the tours, and how to adapt “50 Visits” in your local community.

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