Breakout Session 3: Sunday 9:00-10:00

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

Beyond Art History

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Learn touring strategies and a useful framework to enhance questioning with adults. This interactive session and the tool to be introduced will focus on utilizing adult visitors’ curiosity. It will explore entry points for multi-dimensional conversations.


30 Minutes with the Treasures

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Observe how, through docent training and rethinking of tour strategies, virtual tours have kept members connected to the museum. You will see an example of a digital guided tour and interact with workshop participants on their own guiding practices and use of digital tools.


How to Show More by Saying Less

Princeton University Art Museum

Help your student visitors learn ways to look closely, make observations, share comments, and draw conclusions. Using 3 new curricular models relating to Family, Community and Culture students will make connections to their own families, community, and culture by connecting with art in this student-centered, inquiry-based program.


Docent-made K-12 Virtual Tool Kits

Carnegie Museum of Art

Discover how virtual tool kits, including 80 videos scripted by and starring docents, connect art to curricular priorities on teacher-requested topics. From concept to evaluation, learn how the kits expand museum reach and support K-12 learning.


Trading Controversy for Curiosity

Phoenix Art Museum

Docents love to engage in meaningful conversations with those they guide. ‘Docent Dialogues’ takes that skill a step further into the realm of Diversity and Inclusion. Experience an approachable, eye-opening model for engaging fellow docents while delving deeper into important and complex topics. This workshop provides a roadmap and tools to bring increased confidence, curiosity, and a feeling of connectedness into public interactions.


The Amazing World of Color in Art

Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Be inspired to bring color to life for museum visitors as you learn new meanings and understandings of the world of color. This discussion delves deep into color as not only an element of art, but also a vehicle for connecting and defining shared human experiences of different cultures and backgrounds.


Creating a Teen Docent Program

Bellevue Arts Museum

Explore this docent-led program that educates teens in art, public speaking, and museum functions. Teens gain experience through connecting with visitors, artists, and curators, and through being involved in focused conversations. Learn to establish your own teen docent program.


Artful Movement

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Artful movement uses mindfulness techniques with movement routines, story-telling and open-ended questions to encourage close looking at a work of art. You will learn how movement during school tours (whether in-person or virtual) can facilitate meaningful conversations and new connection with a work of art.


Creating Connections from Afar

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Through this DEAI breakout, learn about virtual programs offering emotional and cognitive support to individuals with memory loss and their care partners. Emphasis is on providing enriching experiences, enhancing verbal and non-verbal communication, and building partnerships with teaching artists such as musicians, poets, storytellers, and visual artists.

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