National Docent Symposium

Sip & Share

Friday, November 15, 2024 | 5 to 7 p.m., Sequoia Ballroom

Continue “Perfecting Your Craft” at Sip & Share. What’s on tap? A brief presentation and a chance to talk for about 20 minutes with presenters and fellow docents about the topic at hand. Casually travel from table to table, with a drink in hand, to learn new touring strategies, ways to incorporate touch objects and tech, ideas for museum outreach and specialty tours, and more!


  • The Mindful Museum Program, Carnegie Museum of Art
  • NDSC Handbooks: Your Tools of the Trade, National Docent Symposium Council
  • Docent Mentorship: A Fresh Approach, Columbus Museum of Art
  • Using iPads to Explore the Museum, Bowers Museum
  • Refining Our Language: “Don’t Say ____ !!”, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Extramural: Enriching Tours with a Docent Travel Program, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
  • The Whiteboard App: Download, Draw, Delete, Reveal!, Toledo Museum of Art
  • The Artist as a Social Conscience: Meaningful and Sensitive Discussions, Los Angeles County  Museum of Art
  • After the Symposium, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
  • Peers Support Peers: Benefiting from a Docent Growth Fund, Toledo Museum of Art
  • Engaging Youth: Selfies and Portraits, Telfair Museums
  • Reinvigorate A Docent-Led Book Club, The James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art
  • Serving Area Hospital Patients with Virtual Robot Tours, The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Ar
  • Your Opening Line: Communication Skill-Building, The Ackland Art Museum at  The University of North Carolina
  • Off-Site Tours: Artist Studios, City of Irving, Texas
  • Protecting Our Investment: Maintaining Docent Participation, Smithsonian American Art Museum
  • Artists at Work, Woodmere Art Museum
  • Retaining Volunteers, Building Vibrancy, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Asian Art (NMAA), Freer Gallery of Art
  • Beyond Training: Supporting Extended Learning, Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida
  • Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), Saint Louis Art Museum
  • Our Favorites are Gone! What to Do?, The Walters Art Museum
  • How Docents Can Enrich All Volunteer Learning, Denver Art Museum
  • Creatively Connecting with Colleagues, Minneapolis Institute of Arts
  • Using Our Senses to Enhance the Museum Experience, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
  • Art+Empathy: Student Sentiment Tours, San Diego Art Museum
  • Balancing Online and In-Person Volunteering, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Peer-to-Peer Support: Improvement Through Collaboration, Toledo Museum of Art
  • Autos as Art: Steer Docent Education & Recruitment in the Right Direction, Savoy Automobile Museum, Cartersville, Georgia
  • The Download on Digital Print Images: Expand Your Docent Toolbox, Toledo Museum of Art
  • The Challenges and Benefits: Engaging Docents in a Hybrid Learning World, Crocker Museum of Art