Whose Tour is This, Anyway? Creating an Audience-Centered Gallery Experience (2017 Montreal)

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO

Participants will learn about an innovative gallery teaching strategy developed at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art that focuses on audience-centered facilitation, not docent-centered lecturing. The presenters will share a framework that consists of three tour components (Inventory, Activity, and Collection Connection), where visitors are taken on a personal journey of discovery that builds on their past experiences. The framework can be applied to all ages and galleries. This session will be of great benefit to docents who wish to develop audience-centered strategies for their own tours.

Presenters: Barbara Schoell and Kathi Toombs

Theme Category: Touring Techniques