What if I told you that being a Docent is something I've long dreamed of doing but never considered myself "studied" enough to step into such a coveted role. I was a banking HR professional, not an art historian. And then, the High came into my life and provided a pathway for this incredible docent journey and the opportunity to engage and share everything from our vast permanent collection to special exhibits with all our guests. Along the way, I discovered the National Docent Symposium Council and became invested in its mission. I eventually became a regional director of NDSC and then agreed to bring the National Docent Symposium back to Atlanta in 2024.
I have been a docent at the High Museum of Art for over 15 years, giving tours to mostly student groups, which I enjoy. My background is not in art, but I have valued the opportunity to make Art a part of my life by serving as a docent. I served on the NDSC from 2011-2017 as the Southeastern Regional Director and am currently one of the three co-chairs for the Atlanta 2024 Symposium. I look forward to helping bring the National Docent Symposium to Atlanta in 2024!
I have held many volunteer positions and co-founded several community-based arts organizations, but being a docent at the High Museum of Art is the absolute best. The exchange with our visitors and my fellow docents is such an enlightening experience. In fact, I call going to the museum my "moment of zen." In June 2019, I received a five-year pin and plan to add many more pins to the collection. My introduction to NDS came from my fellow docents, Bryan Brooks and Kristen Kiersey. I am thrilled to serve with them as a co-chair for the 2024 Symposium in Atlanta.