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Please take a moment to enjoy this message from Anne Stellmon, our new National Docent Symposium Council (NDSC) president. Connecting with Anne is her way of communicating with docents everywhere and getting to know each other better.

Connecting with Anne
Fueling Your Passion

First, a thank you to Cincinnati!
I’d like to personally thank Carolyn Honkomp and Patty Hubbard, the 2015 Cincinnati Symposium co-chairs, and their superlative committees for an exceptional educational experience. The host museums, the Taft and the Cincinnati Museum of Art, were the perfect partners for making the symposium possible and the city of Cincinnati’s hospitality and vitality added to the ambience. And of course, thank you to the 361 docents and museum professionals from the US and Canada who supported the 18th biennial National Docent Symposium. Symposia can’t happen without the symbiotic relationships between the symposia organizers, attendees and the National Docent Symposium Council. It’s a win, win and win for everyone!

What best to say about The National Docent Symposium 2015, “Bridge to the Past, Path to the Future” held several weeks ago in Cincinnati? Charles Dickens might have said, “What larks, Pip, what larks!” (Great Expectations); I find myself thinking, simply, “Wow!”

Co-chairs Carolyn Honkomp and Patty Hubbard assembled a fabulous team that carried the event seamlessly to a successful conclusion, punctuating the days with thoughtful and delightful speakers, like the powerful and deeply moving storyteller, Diane Macklin. Timothy Rub, Director of The Philadelphia Museum of Art spoke to the changes and challenges facing the 21st Century Museum and Art Gallery, leaving us with much to think about.

When the common core curriculum was introduced in Maryland, teachers asked the education staff at The Walters for help in addressing the requirement to use visual arts as “text” in teaching English language arts.  The Creativity and the Common Core tour was developed in response.  It is based on common core standards and incorporates what was being done in other museums and what Walters docents were already doing.  It includes gallery activities that can be and are used in many other kinds of school tours.


Attention All Docents,

If you are looking for a juicy read I recommend you select Richard Meryman’s “Andrew Wyeth – A Secret Life”.  

Richard Merryman has interviewed many luminaries including Marilyn Monroe two days before her death.

He worked on this book for 30 years, which is amazing because Andrew Wyeth was so private!  Merryman portrays all the Wyeths and their interesting artistic talents.  You become acquainted with the interesting Wyeth family tree.  He begins with NC Wyeth who was a loving and controlling father who had an impact on all the four children.

High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia
Participants:  Margaret Wilkerson, Coordinator of Education
Volunteers: Leslie Tripp, docent; Missy Shoenig, docent

John Maeda, former President of the Rhode Island School of Design (2008-2013) and currently a Design Partner at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, has acknowledged that with global competition rising, America is at a critical juncture in defining its economic future…. Art and design are poised to transform our economy in the 21st century in the same way that science and technology did in the last century, and the STEAM movement is an opportunity for America to sustain its role as innovator of the world.” (“STEM to STEAM: Art in K-12 Is Key to Building a Strong Economy,” Edutopia, October 2, 2012)

Lisa Seifried, Docent
Art Institute of Chicago
Cincinnati Symposium Breakout Session  

Does your collection include furniture?  How often do you use those pieces in your tours?  This interactive breakout session offered docents an innovative perspective by outlining creative ways to make furniture more fun and engaging for students.  

Cindy Warren was simply looking for a particular book, when she walked into Barnes & Noble and was greeted with “would you like to help our organization?”  And a light bulb went off!

The premise was simple – you merely presented a voucher when you check out with your purchase, and a percentage of that sale is given to the organization.  Cindy immediately found the store manager to inquire about the program, and was told to contact their “CBD” Manager.  The “CBD” (Community Business Development) Manager was very helpful and enthusiastic about allowing the Evansville Museum to join with Barnes & Noble for a fundraiser.