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New Articles in the Series (August 2018)

Fran Bleviss article photo 1Wanda Nanibush, AGO Curator, Canadian and Indigenous Art, and Garry Sault, Elder, Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation.    Inclusion and DiversityCreating space for multiple and diverse voices

Cultural institutions across North America are working to diversify their audiences and become more inclusive and welcoming places for everyone. The role of the docent or guide is becoming more dynamic. We hope that these articles will provide you with ideas and examples on the training, touring and engagement skills required in this new vision of a cultural place.

New Articles about Inclusion and Diversity Initiatives:

Building Empathy Through Art - Michelle Carpenter, a docent at the Phoenix Art Museum and NDSC Regional Director, shares her experience at a workshop regarding what empathy-building might look and feel like in a museum setting.  Read it here.

Inclusion at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) - The AGO is undertaking a number of initiatives to better present Canada's historical and current narratives from multiple perspectives.  Fran Bleviss, AGO Gallery Guide and NDSC Regional Director, reports on these efforts to make all of Canada's people feel welcome and included.  Read it here.  

Find all articles on inclusion and diversity here

Find online resources on inclusion and diversity here

We welcome your docent ideas and experiences. Share them by:

-- submitting an article to 

-- joining the National Docents Forum Facebook groupan interactive forum for docents and guides. 

Mina Shea, President, National Docent Symposium Council

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