Touring Specialty Populations

Art Gallery of Burlington, Burlington, ON

The Art Gallery of Burlington is home to seven artists' guilds. Some of these guild members were the original volunteer docents and carry with them the living history of the gallery. In a program established by the Art Gallery of Burlington, docents and guild members come together to provide dementia-friendly programming for members of the Burlington community in affiliation with the Alzheimer's Society. In this Breakout Session participants will discuss the challenges of working with this population, how to present an engaging and enriching docent program and discuss the benefits of linking the guilds with this specialized program.

Presenters: Becky Hewis and Lisa Meecham

Theme Category: Community Outreach

Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN

Honoring the Warriors: Tours for Veterans is a program established between the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Veterans Affairs Hospital of Minneapolis in which art is the catalyst for conversation about veterans' experiences. Using MIA's large collection, tours are designed for veterans in specialized VA hospital treatment programs. Two docents from the Minneapolis Institute of Art will share training tips, selection of artworks, themes choices and personal experiences from touring with veterans.

Presenters: Sue Hamburge and Jane Mackenzie

Theme Category: Community Outreach

Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO

What? A three-year-old on an art museum tour! How can that be? Should it be?

Research has shown that the earlier children are exposed to museum experience the more likely they are to become lifelong museum-goers. Join the fun as Denver Art Museum docents explore materials and techniques used to engage the three-to-five-year-old set in the museum.

Presenters: Frieda Levine and Benita Goltermann

Theme Category: Surprise Us!


Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, NS

The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia will present an introduction to the art of local folk artist Maud Lewis. It will also tell the story of the saving and restoration of her house, now a central exhibit at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. It will combine images and narrative, both to explore Maud's life and art and to demonstrate a range of techniques for engaging school children with Maud's work. While Maud's story is unique, many of the tour techniques would easily transfer to the work of other folk artists.

Presenters: Katharine Bowlby, Ph.D., Kay McNamara and Cheryl Greenberg, Ph.D.

Theme Category: Successful Tours for School Groups

High Museum of Art, Atlanta GA

In collaboration with Georgia Tech, the High Museum of Art developed a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) tour and workshop to meet the needs of Atlanta's 21st century learners and thinkers.  This presentation will focus on the development of the tour, docents' contributions, the training process, and successes and challenges of launching a new tour.

Presenter: Margaret Wilkerson, Co-Presenters: Missy Shoenig and Leslie Tripp

Art Gallery of Ontario

Find out how to provide Talks on the Dot at any museum or gallery, with little time (10 minutes) and without moving from one spot.  Great for new visitors, visitors with children, and those with a mobility disability.  These tours can introduce a collection and even encourage the tour averse.

Presenter: Beverly Biderman, Co-Presenter: Melissa Smith

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, MI

How do you create engaging and interactive tours for individuals with visual impairments?  Kalamazoo Institute of Arts docents and staff will discuss the development of their successful "Touch Art Tours", demonstrate their techniques and provide helpful advice for starting VI tours at your institution.

Presenter: Michelle Stempien, Co-Presenters: Tracy Klinesteker and Frank Wolf

Bowers Museum runs a successful traditional school tour program.  Recently, the museum has begun offering home school tours, which differ noticeably from a traditional tour format.  Bowers Museum Docent Guild has formulated an interesting approach to delivering a good tour for both students and parents in the home school community.

Institution: Bowers Museum
Presenter: Mary Green, Co-Presenter: Andrea Krupka

Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Let us show you how our docents have turned bookworms into museum rats!  In this program a docent leads a discussion based tour linking a specific book with the art in the museum.  The goal is to encourage readers to visit the museum.

Presenter: Gladys Muren, Co-Presenter: Jody Andes

Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY

The Everson Outreach Program works to strengthen the museum's relationship with the community.  We are unique in that we provide inclusive programming for those with disabilities and Alzheimer's disease.  A hands-on activity and a VTS (Visual Thinking Strategy) demonstration will be part of our presentation.

Presenter: Evelyn Fiorenza, Co-Presenters: Linda Blanding and Marilyn Post

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