National Docent Symposium

Breakout Session Proposals

How do you Perfect Your Craft as a docent? Do you have a new or innovative touring strategy? An intriguing way of engaging different audiences or expanding and training your docent corps? How has your docent program addressed diversity? Has your institution incorporated technology in tours?

Every other year, docents from the United States and Canada share their experience, knowledge, and touring and engagement strategies with their colleagues as Breakout Session presenters at the National Docent Symposium. They offer fresh, compelling, and tested ideas for maximizing their guests’ experiences, no matter their institution’s focus or size.

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The options for session topics are endless. Here are just a few ideas:

Using Technology in Tours
Institutional Partnerships
Creating Touch Objects for Tours
Docent Training Programs
Building School Partnerships
LGBTQIA+ Audiences and Art
Building Self-Guided Tours
Addressing Diversity
Peer-to-Peer Support
The “Medicine” of Art
Book Clubs and Art
Lifelong Learning Programs
Tour Group Management
Anticipating the Future
Small Museums, Big Roles