National Docent Symposium

Sip & Share Proposals

Do you have a compelling tour strategy? An intriguing way to engage diverse audiences? How about a unique touch object? Or have you developed another creative tour practice or engagement tool? Share your idea as a Sip & Share table presenter.

Sip & Share is our exciting new 2024 programming initiative. It will be a fun and engaging way to exchange ideas and connect with docents from the United States and Canada. Participants will rotate among the tables every fifteen or twenty minutes, gathering and discussing new ideas to enrich their docent practice. And there will be a cash bar so docents can sip as they share!

Sip & Share table presenters will share their best practice in at least four fifteen- to twenty-minute sessions in this two-hour program. We encourage docents submitting Breakout Session proposals to consider submitting a Sip & Share proposal to home in on an essential aspect of their breakout topic and continue the conversation.

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Here are just a few topic ideas we think are perfect for Sip & Share:

  • Tour Strategies: Describing best practices with diverse audiences and/or different age groups or tour themes.
  • Materials and Resources: Sharing unique touch objects used on tours, technology, or resource materials that enhance a tour.
  • Off-Campus Outreach: Taking the museum into the community to assisted living homes, youth groups, and civic organizations.
  • Specialty Tours: Meeting the needs of diverse and special needs groups.
  • Docent Corps: Building your docent community through training, communication, and off-campus excursions.
  • Enrichment Opportunities:  Organizing outings to visit collectors and institutions that expand docents’ knowledge and skills.
  • Something Else: Any idea or program that has been successful for you and your institution.