Other Docent Activities

(Amazing what docents can do!)

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Explore the balancing act between volunteer and staff-led projects through the lens of a specific
project, Art Cart. Examining process as well as struggles, triumphs and rewards of the collaboration
allows attendees to gain a better understanding of the successes and failures of this
model.  Investigate the use of museum resources and gallery guide knowledge and experience,
while giving consideration to implementation through evaluation.

Presenters:  Pamela Prebil, Allie Britt Mitchell


Utah Museum of Fine Arts

VTS can be used in a variety of fields including criminal investigation, medical training, serving
people with autism, those with visual impairments, and in memory care. This is an opportunity to
come away with creative ideas for using VTS in ways not ordinarily imagined.

Presenters:  Jody Andes, Gladys Muren Webb

San Antonio Museum of Art, Texas

Learn how San Antonio Museum of Art docents paired with another nonprofit to create a program of music, food, and drink to raise funds to support their respective outreach programs. This presentation will be especially relevant to docent organizations that receive limited financial support from their institutions. It will include details about the program's evolution, specific fund-supported activities, community impact, and enhanced docent esprit de corps.

Presenters: Rosario Laird, docent (thirteen years) and concept developer; James Letchworth, docent (six years) and Advisory Trustee, Board of Trustees

Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati

The Docents at the Taft Museum of Art have been actively involved in fundraising for eighteen consecutive years. Fundraising began as an effort to provide money for docents to attend docent symposiums, and grew to such an extent that significant funds became available to also assist with on-site and off-site educational programs. Recently, these docent-driven events were combined with Board of Trustees and staff events to increase funding. Docents provide significant leadership to the combined events and their purpose for fundraising has been retained. How these events were organized and implemented will be discussed.

Presenters: Kate Greene and Mary Beth Sunderman, docents both active in many fundraising activities including co-chair Taft Docent Fundraiser.

Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, Montana

Inspired by the Huntington Museum of Art's docents at the 2011 Docent Symposium, the Yellowstone Art Museum docents petitioned their Director of Education to clear the way for them to create their own exhibition. Join us for an interactive and fast-paced project that will have concrete results. Participants will be asked to create an innovative exhibition from supplied materials in the time allotted. This exhibition will be the catalyst for a discussion of the rewards and pitfalls of working with different departments in any museum, and of how a docent committee can use a museum's collection storage software to design and implement an exhibition.

Presenters: Linda Ewert, Director of Education and docent (10 years); Linda Snider, docent (fourteen years) and Docents Present Committee member; Karen Fried, docent (ten years) and; Docents Present Committee member; Mary Beth Helgeson, docent (three years; attended the Saint Louis Docent Symposium and has returned to champion the "Docents Present" project)

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Legion of Honor Museum 

The CSP takes the museum’s treasures beyond its walls, offering insightful and entertaining lectures about the permanent collections and current special exhibitions. These docent-lecturers travel to a variety of venues, from libraries and community centers to private clubs and senior residences. Workshop participants will learn how to establish and maintain a lecture program, including auditing presentations, advertising and promotion, and lecture fee schedules.