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In the Moment - Making Art Accessible for People with Dementia and their Caregivers
Mary Ann Perkins. Docent Program Coordinator. Spearheaded In the Moment program.
Kathe Patrinos. Docent 15 years. Developer of and primary Docent for In the Moment program.
Through art, expertise, and compassion Docents enhance the lives of many people. Presenters of In the Moment will educate Docents about how to implement tour programs for people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias and their caregivers. Docents will leave the session inspired, with the necessary tools to begin, or improve already established programming. Resource documents will be included.
Educating Docents to Educate Students
Elizabeth Diament. Museum & Docent Educator 9 years.
Deirdre Palmer. Museum Educator 5 years. Training and managing programs.
Christine Stinson. School Docent 2 years.
This session will examine a new docent education program at the National Gallery of Art that was designed around five interconnected components: visual literacy, art history, audience, tour development, and orientation. Staff and a recent docent graduate of the program will share program highlights, as well as tools that were implemented as part of their education program, such as observation forms, self-reflection sheets, and annotated bibliographies.
The Art of Reading
Elaine Scott, BA. Teaching certificate in art.
Pam Parker, BA. Teaching certificate in special education, M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education.
This hour-long kindergarten program promotes literacy through the arts, music and dance, and meets curriculum requirements of the State. The program is organized around the following: introduction to and reading of a children's book that reflects a monthly theme; vocabulary development; interaction with works of art in the galleries; and theme related studio art projects.
No teacher has left the program since its inception!
Effectively Managing Docent Evaluations: Yes, It Can Be Done
Mary Rae Mattix. Docent Executive Committee Chair. Human Resources Management career.
Rebecca Aubin. Educator for School/Educator and Docent Programs
Audience will identify how Evaluation Programs strengthen Docent programs; the key components of the Seattle Art Museum's Docent Evaluation Process Model; and how these components can be incorporated into audience Docent Programs to capitalize on the role of the Docent.
Docents Select: Gateway to Collaboration
Nancy E. Hoey. Docent 2 years. Museum Shop Volunteer. Watercolorist; Gardener;
Ronald R. Morgan. Docent 4 years. Docent Council Education Chair. Board Education Committee.
Cynthia E. Dearborn, BFA. Museum and Schools Coordinator. Human Resources & Operations.
Join us as we re-create HMA's exhibit Docents Select. Docents were given the opportunity to curate this exhibit from the Museum's permanent collection. Working closely with the curatorial and education departments, docents experienced firsthand what it takes to create an exhibition.
New Tours for a New Wing: Developing School Tours at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Suzi Fonda, BA, MA. Manager School Group Learning 7 years. Museum Education 15 years.
Ivy Cubell, BA, MSW, JD. Gallery Instructor 9 years. connecting Art & Children.
In November 2010, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston opened a new wing for the Art of the Americas. In anticipation of this event, the staff and Gallery Instructors (docents) embarked on a year-long project to develop new school programs. This session outlines the collaborative process of developing these programs.
Tech Tours: Using iPads on Tours at SFMOMA
Julie Charles. Associate Curator of Education. Docent Program Manager 10 years.
Mary Biggs. Docent 6 years. Docent Council 2 years. Visual Thinking Strategies instructor.
Marcia Middleton. Docent 9 years. VP of Teen Tour Docents.
SFMOMA docents have recently developed tours for audiences of all ages that fuse our interactive touring style with our iPad resources. This presentation will highlight the process for creating these tech tour stops, incorporating audio and video segments into an inquiry-based tour, and developing resources for the iPads.
Passport To Art: Curriculum-Based Interactive Art Tours
Jaye Yorio, BFA. Docent 25 years. Education Chair of Docent Council. Directed Passport to Art.
Patty Hubbard, BS, MED. Docent 9 years; Developer of Passport to Art. Board Member NDS Council; previous chair of Docent Council.
Helen Baker. Docent 16 years. Former Docent Council Chair. Passport to Art development.
Using objects in the Taft Museum of Art collection, participants engage in interactive learning-based activities in the Passport to Art tours for children grades two through eight. Attendees use Passport to Art booklets and write and draw in them as they "travel" to eight different countries. The tour explores the world of art collected by Charles and Annie Taft, but is easily adaptable to other venues.
- 11:15 – 12:15 PM Docent Roundtable Discussion
- 11:15 – 1:30 PM Staff Session & Lunch
- 12:15 – 1:15 PM Docent Delegates Lunch & Break
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Melora McDermott-Lewis. Director of Education 7 years. Museum Education 25 years.
Sharon Rouse. Docent 20 years. Helped pilot DAM's Art of Architecture tours. Advised DAM's Creativity Resource for teachers.
In 2006, DAM opened its new wing. Its innovative design and slanting walls provided a wonderful vehicle for helping kids think creatively. After exploring how museums can play a vital role in sparking creative thinking, this session will engage participants in creativity "warm-ups," as well as writing and art-making activities from DAM's Art of Architecture tour.
Inspired Words: Combining Art and Poetry in the Galleries
Kimberlee Tyndall. Writer - Creative and Technical. Connecting Writers & Listeners in Art.
Jean McGiffin. Docent. Combining travel and love of art in the quiet and beauty of museums.
The Currier Museum of Art encourages exploration into the power of art to affect thought and emotion. We invite wordsmiths to take inspiration from objects in our collection and share their interpretations in group readings in the galleries. We will discuss how to establish a writing/reading program based on the collection, including tips and techniques for success.
Cultivating Connections: Classroom Curricula and Object-Based Learning
Nancy Rowett. Docent 10 years. Marketing consultant. New England Delegate, National Symposium Docent Council.
Mariani Lefas-Tetenes. Educator for K-12 School, Teacher and Docent Programs.
Discover RISD Museum of Art docents' experiences and lessons learned as they use object-focused inquiry with K-12 students to make connections between art and classroom curriculum in three subjects: English, history and art. Presenters will showcase methods used to explore art and build analytic and reflective skills that are applicable in the classroom and in other life experiences.
VOICES - Visual Outreach Creating Empowered Students
Avril Davies. Docent 6 years; Introduces Canadian Art to New Canadians and Visitors.
Fred Empacher. Docent and Educator for VOICES, the art of the Group of Seven, Inuit and First Nations people.
Many students face challenges today that result in social and academic disengagement. The McMichael Canadian Art Collection developed VOICES, a successful mentorship program, to help struggling students reconnect through art. Five days of studio and gallery experiences empower our participants to become mentors in their own classrooms.
Big Ideas for Small Museums: Translating NDS Ideas
Dee Isham. Docent 20 years. Former Kansas City corporate executive.
Marsha Painton. Docent 18 years. Insurance and risk management career.
National Docent Symposiums inspire us. However, you often hear, "Fantastic! But how can I make these big ideas apply to my hometown museum?" Having asked ourselves that question, we want to share what we learned and provide suggestions and plans for converting big ideas into feasible projects for smaller museums.
Posing Questions that Engage the Visitor: A Hands-On Interactive Workshop
Beverly Biderman. Docent. Gallery Guide, Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto.
Elizabeth Evans. Docent. Volunteer weaver at Jacquard loom at Ontario Science Centre.
Effective questions stimulate the visitor's curiosity. In this workshop, participants will develop and discuss questions that they would pose to engage a viewer in looking closely at objects. We will focus on sharing ideas, being creative, and applying what we discover to more meaningfully engage visitors at participants' home institutions.
Crafting the Complex Tour: Connecting Tour Groups with Diverse Library Collections
Thomas Reh, M.D. Docent.
Anne Leners. Docent, SLML, SLAM, and St. Louis Public Library.
Susan Kottler. Docent, SLML, SLAM.
Helga Keller*. Docent, Indiana U Art Museum 1993-2004. Docent, Indiana U. Lilly Library for Rare Books, 2004-2011. Former NDSC director, 1997—2003. Co-author of "The Docent Handbook" NDSC, 2001.
Julie Dunn-Morton, Ph.D. Curator of Fine Art Collection, SLML. Docent and Tour program director at Delaware Art Museum, 1999-2002
This session provides strategies for guiding multiple groups through challenging floor plans to make connections with diverse collections. Presenters will show how these skills can be adapted to any institution with these challenges.
*Mrs. Helga Keller had planned to participate in this Breakout before she passed away suddenly on January 29, 2011.
Fostering Peak Performance with Docent-driven Teaching, Learning and Support
Gretchen Turner. Docent 30 years. Docent training. Illustrated slide lecture programs.
Edith Freeman, PhD. Docent 15 years. Docent training in Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas.
Mary Clary. Docent 5 years. created invaluable Docent Website.
Highlights from four successful programs initiated and implemented by docents of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF) to help docents do their best: (1) New Ideas for Creating Peer Reviews that Help, (2) Taking Continuing Education Lectures Digital, (3) Evolving Study Groups from Optional to Critical, and (4) tips from a non-techie docent who built and manages a docent website to bring all the programs together.
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Interactive Videoconferences: Gateway to a Larger Museum Audience
Phoebe Kline. Docent 36 years. Docent Chair. Technology/Distance Learning Chair Video conferencing, 11 years.
Donna Grone. Video conference docent 4 years. Former art teacher using video conferencing.
Carol Wilson. Assistant Chair of Education. Museum Educator 12 years. Video conferencing
Learn how an art museum, facing a 6-year gallery renovation and closure, developed a thriving video conference program to reach audiences beyond the museum walls. Conducted from two well-equipped media studios, these tours take advantage of the latest advancements in videoconferencing, such as using "green-screen" technology, to give virtual visitors an interactive trip to the museum from the comfort of their home towns.
Six Ways to Look: A new Approach to Museum Training
Gretchen Ostenberg. Docent Chair. Docent Trainee Mentoring Program 2009-10.
Judy Ousterhout. Docent Vice-Chair. Curriculum Co-Chair 2009-10.
Carole Mullowney. Docent. Curriculum Co-Chair 2009-10. Docent Treasurer.
Joselle Kryder. Docent Secretary. Designed and implemented interactive Training Website.
Leaving behind our traditional gallery-oriented approach, we've created a new docent training program. Docents learn to view art objects using the following themes: Human Figure; Aesthetics/Formal Properties; Technology, Techniques and Materials; Trade/Artistic Exchange; Social/Political Issues; and Religion/Spirituality. Join us and learn to look in 6 new ways!
Learning Through Travel: The Impact of Off-Site Visits on Docent Guiding
Martha Wright. Initiated MFA Gallery Instructor Program in 1963. Established customized travel program "Seminars on Site" in 2000.
Ellen Zarrow-Nissenbaum. Gallery instructor 9 years. Co-Chair of the Seminars on Site Committee.
Planning trips to a variety of local, domestic, and international destinations includes: choosing a site, developing en route activities, and providing follow-up materials to connect goals of the trip to museum guiding upon return. Specific examples of successful trips, programs, pre-departure sessions, and helpful hints will be noted.
Making Waves from Coast to Coast - Strategies for Connecting Docents within a Local Region
Bonnie R. Brown, M.Ed. Docent: Coordinator of Volunteers, Woodmere Art Museum. Past President Greater Philadelphia Area Docent Consortium
Fern Denney, MA. Docent. National Docent Symposium Director and Secretary. Founder Greater Philadelphia Area Docent Consortium.
Judith M. MacDonald, MSN: Vancouver Art Gallery Docent. Founder/coordinator Docents Connect. 2004 National Docent Symposium Director Canada West 2002-2005.
Terry Perry: Museum Of Anthropology Volunteer Associate since 1993, Vancouver. Presenter NDS, Toronto 2009 New Relationships-New Responsibilities. Docents Connect.
A double panel discussion, between Canada and the United States, and between the West Coast, Vancouver, BC and the East Coast, Philadelphia, PA, on the development and challenges of regional Docents connecting with one another.
DAM Docents in the Blogosphere: Connections and Enrichment Made Simple
Marty Corren. Docent 3 years. Guest Services volunteer. Editor of the DAM E-Gazette. 25-year career as program director and grants writer for not-for-profits arts organizations.
Joe Lantz. Docent 3 years. Guest Services volunteer. Career in education and technology. Volunteer Staff Aide and IT Advisor. E-Gazette Technical Advisor.
Considering the plunge into 21st century communication with fellow docents, but don't know where to start? Take this visual tour through the E-Gazette, DAM docents' bustling electronic hub of news, research, and social links. Then, follow a demonstration of the simple steps needed to create your own site using free blog software.
The Good, the Bad and the Docents - Maintaining Standards When People Change
Andrea Krupka. Chairman of Docent Guild. Educator 28 years.
Margaret Rutledge. Education Chair for Docent Guild. Website administrator.
99.9% of docents do a great job, but there's always an exception. This program will discuss how people management techniques commonly used by businesses can be applied to docents, as they have successfully been by the Bowers Museum Docent Guild.
Catching the Current: Engaging Secondary Students through Multiple Visits
Mary Ann Boesel. Docent Board and Mentor.
Candy Gray. Docent 7 years. Docent Board and Mentor.
Pique teenagers' interest through multi-visits. The Toledo Museum of Art works with teachers to incorporate curricula, challenge the students to look at art, and engage them with activities. Your museum can "catch the current" of being an integral part of a school's visual literacy!
SAMA on the Go: Bringing the San Antonio Museum of Art into the Classroom
Nicole McLeod. Degrees in Art History and Education. Outreach initiatives and Family Programs.
Arleen West. Docent 6 years. Teacher and museum store manager.
Milinda Schwab. Docent 3 years. Retired English instructor.
Bring the museum experience to the K-6 students in your community with thematic images from your collection and hands-on activities designed to reinforce curriculum demands. Participants will receive practical advice on how to develop an "On the Go" project at their own museums. Handouts with sample lesson plans and follow-up activities will be provided.
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Docents + Staff = A Recipe For Success
Louise Bradshaw. Director of Education. 35 year volunteer.
Louise Rovak. Docent 21 years. Docent President 2 years. Chair National Conference for AZAD.
Anne Bartin. Children's Zoo Manager. Docent Training.
Vickie O'Neil. Pediatric Nurse 32 years. Veterinary Hospital & Research Center.
Karen Bauman. Zoological Manager of Research Department, Intern and Docent Supervisor
Kay Neubauer. Touring and Children's Zoo Docent, Member of Docent Executive Board and Hospital Docent Touring Group
Ever have difficulty working with staff (or docents) at your museum? This panel of docents and staff will discuss the essential elements of resolving problems through three case-studies. Come away with a menu of ingredients that you can use to create your own recipe for success.
Observation Becomes Inspiration: Adapting Visual Thinking Strategies for Writing in the Galleries
Merle Culley. Docent 28 years. Writing program and interdisciplinary tour initiatives.
Barbara Carney. English and Creative Writing teacher. National Writing Project Fellow.
Mary Ann Perkins. Docent Program Coordinator. Art and Creative Writing program.
Writing provides the opportunity to be more deeply involved in a work of art. Presenters will describe how to develop and implement a creative writing tour, demonstrating effective prompts that stimulate verbal and written responses. Student writing samples, teacher feedback, and techniques for training Docents will be shared.
Meet Me at TMA - A Museum Experience for Visitors with Early Stage Memory Loss
Kate Krisjanis. Docent. Pursuing MA in Art History
Bonnie Hay, MSEd. Docent. Administrator, Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
TMA's mission includes goals of audience growth, diversity, and community relevance. The docent program has an extensive outreach history within the education community. There was interest in expanding programs to underserved and special needs groups. With input from MOMA's Alzheimer's project and the collaboration of the Alzheimer's Association NW Ohio Chapter, TMA developed art tours for early-stage memory loss visitors and their caregivers.
Family Tour Program for School Vacation Week at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Molly Hoffman. Gallery instructor 5 years.
Jennifer Leclerc. Coordinator of Gallery Learning 4 years.
Session describes past vacation week themes, with sample tours and art activities. Provides tips on giving inclusive tours for large groups with a wide range of ages and abilities. Discusses the Gallery Instructor-led family tour program's development and growth, lessons learned, and logistics, such as tour scheduling and recruiting and training guides.
Let's Talk: New Approaches to Conversation and Docenting at the Portland Art Museum
Margaret Kieweg. Docent Council 9 years, Current Chair. Special Education Facilitator.
Christine Nelson. Docent 7 years. Former Docent SFMOMA, Human resource management.
Stephanie Parrish. Docent Program Manager 3 years. Formerly Kemper Museum, Washington University in St. Louis.
How do museums encourage visitors to look at works of art and talk freely with others about what they see? How do museums give people the confidence to wonder out loud what a work of art means? This session will explore the recent discourse of "conversation" in museum education, examining ways that art museums are using these models to rethink interpretive strategies - especially in relation to museum learning and docent education.
Peer to Peer: A positive, objective approach to docent peer support
Evelyn Neely, Docent; Past Docent Council Chair; SJMA delegate to NDS Toronto; Peer Support Committee member and trainer; Worked to develop and install peer support program; SJMA Docent since 1995.
Alayne Yellum, Docent; Peer Support Co-Chair; Past Continuing Education Co-Chair; SJMA Docent since 2007.
Suzette Mahr, Docent; SJMA Docent Council Vice Chair; SJMA delegate to NDS Toronto; Past Continuing Education Co-Chair; SJMA Docent since 2007.
Shauna Mika, Docent Council Chair; SJMA delegate to NDS Toronto; SJMA Docent since 2002.
This session demonstrates strategies for peer evaluation of docent interactive touring skills, as used at the San Jose Museum of Art. The session also provides tactics for the implementation of such a program at your own institution.
Touch It! Smell It! Listen! Lessons from the multi-sensory tours at the AGO
Jessica Duarte. Gallery Guide 2 years. Development of Multi-sensory Program.
Doris Van Den Brekel. Spearheaded Multi-Sensory Program. Coordinator of Gallery Guide Program.
Explore and acquire the tools to develop and deliver multi-sensory tours in your own institution. Simple, effective, and affordable strategies will be demonstrated. Participants will engage in interactive, hands-on activities that will help them develop solutions to tackle the challenges of making their museum accessible to visitors with vision loss.
Within the Frame, Beyond the Frame: Making Personal Experiences Part of The Tour
Bill Appleton. Assistant Director for Public Programs and Education Saint Louis Art Museum
Betsy Zimbalist. former Classroom Teacher, Docent 15 years and Past Docent Chair
To create a meaningful experience for every tour is a fundamental docent goal. In this session, Saint Louis Art Museum colleagues, Bill Appleton and Betsy Zimbalist, will share successful strategies that they have developed to demonstrate how participatory exchanges, content knowledge, personal experiences, and imagination work together to inspire connections and deepen engagement with groups of diverse backgrounds and ages.
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21st Century Innovative, Interactive Docent Training
Kristin Mohlman. Director of Docent Programs. Instrumental in the creation of IMA's docent training model.
Donna Marsh. 2009-10 Docent Class Coordinator. Emphasis on class mentoring program.
Overview of innovative, interactive docent training, which includes a balance of art history, cultural influences, experiences in the museum galleries, and docent websites. This training method produces highly qualified docents proficient in leading a broad range of tours with wide visitor enthusiasm and appeal.
Programs on a Shoe String - How to with No $$$
Jane Tygesson. Volunteer Program Coordinator for "Discover Your Story" – Tours people with Memory Loss, Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementia.
Museums are cash strapped - staff stretched. As a docent, what can you do? This presentation will help to guide you in putting together two different programs. One program for individuals living with memory loss and a second program for those who have served our nation in the armed forces. The session will discuss how to identify and build alliances with community resources and the "nuts and bolts" of implementing this program in your museum - including a best practices for your docents.
M2S: A Formula for Bringing the Museum to Schools
Lorrie Hoslett. Docent 5 years. Docent Council President. Retired public school teacher.
Nancy Sharp. Docent 5 years. Docent Council Past-President. Retired public school teacher.
Look, listen, and learn! We will demonstrate three interactive programs—two in art and one in history—that bring the museum to elementary and middle school classrooms. Docents and staff have collaborated to develop and refine each program. Come away with samples, ideas, and the confidence to create outreach programs of your own.
But I Could Make this at Home!
Vicci Recckio. Docent 2 years. Florence, Italy 2 years. Development
Susan Steinway. Docent 4 years. Boston Children's Museum 10 years. Journalist & librarian.
Renana Greenberg, MA Art History. Docent several museums 10 years.
This workshop examines some of the challenges faced by docents in the Contemporary art galleries and offers some possible approaches and solutions for those leading both public and private tours. In this presentation, three tour guides from the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston will help fellow docents conquer their fears of talking about contemporary art while presenting a variety of touring techniques and conversation starters.
Serving the Underserved
Dena Greenstein. Docent 18 years. Past President National Archives Volunteer Association.
This workshop will demonstrate successful methods for working with an under-resourced urban school population. Based on a six-year program working with eighth grade student groups from Washington, DC, the National Archives docents have designed a program to engage the group using methods that can translate to any museum setting. The presenter will share her techniques and distribute appropriate handouts.
Changing the Rules of Engagement: Hands-On Activity Carts
Marne Bariso. Museum Educator 20 years.
Dean Rodkin. Social Studies Teacher 31 years. Gallery Activity Cart Staffer.
The Chicago History Museum underwent a comprehensive building renovation in 2006 and used the opportunity to rethink the student field trip visit experience. The museum set aside docent-led tours for school groups and developed six gallery activity carts. This session will summarize frustrations, but also victories, of this significant change and programming overhaul. Speakers will point out best practices for interpreter training, emphasizing how volunteers are included throughout various processes. This session will be relevant to attendees considering making a change in a similar direction.
Lisa E. Silverberg. Docent 5 years. Teacher of French language and literature at Washington University in St. Louis
Learn how to use art in your museum in a socially-relevant way. This workshop will address topics of sexism, racism, and ageism, as well as privilege, oppression, and social norms. Docents will acquire a toolkit of skills and ideas for making familiar art meaningful in a whole new way.
The Art of Discovery: A Community Partnership Approach to Art Education
Patrick McMahon. BA, M.Ed. Education Curator 8 years. Former teacher.
Peggy Ostrander. Docent 20 years. American Association of University Women volunteer.
Carol Miller. Docent 14 years. Retired teacher.
We all want to partner, share resources, and reach new audiences. Bellevue Arts Museum and its community partners coordinate The Art of Discovery, which brings a mini museum to dozens of local schools, impacting 10,000 students annually. Learn the framework of this program and how you can replicate it.
Websites for Docent Organizations 101
Margaret Rutledge. Education Chair for Docent Guild. Website administrator.
Andrea Krupka. Chairman of Docent Guild. Educator 28 years.
This program will cover all aspects of creating a website just for docent organizations, from dream to launch to ongoing maintenance. Issues of cost, content, who does what, when, and why will all be covered.