The Saint Louis Art Museum and the Saint Louis Art Museum Docents are pleased and proud to host you at the 2011 National Docent Symposium. Our wish is to enrich you with state-of-the-art educational opportunities to help in your search for excellence.


We received over 60 proposals from accomplished docents and staff committed to furthering the education of others at various cultural institutions across North America . They delighted us with their thoughts and ideas. Each and every one had wonderful things to share. Because of this sensational response to our call for presenters, we decided to add more sessions to our already full program. We feel that one of our most important accomplishments will be to expose our delegates to as many thoughts and ideas of fellow docents as possible. We wish we could include them all, but limited time and space made it impossible. Choosing which ones to include was very difficult for our selection committee.

Showcase of Ideas

Before dinner on Tuesday evening, you will have an excellent opportunity to make connections with fellow docents, engage in stimulating discussions, and view a wide range of additional unique programs. This time will be a little more casual. Both local and national presenters will be stationed at their booths during this superb poster session. Presenters will be available to engage in conversation about their displays, which illustrate their programs. As you enjoy this pre-dinner event, you will be offered drinks and light hors d'oeuvres.


In keeping with our goal of providing the best museum education possible, the 2011 National Docent Symposium decided that our speakers should be more than just entertaining. We searched for speakers that not only appreciate the value of docents, but also see them as major players in the future of museums. These speakers also had to be recognized nationally and respected by their peers. Museum Education would be their primary expertise, but they also would need to be inspiring, engaging, and, yes, entertaining. After many years of searching, we found them! We are sure you will be pleased with this wonderful lineup.