About Our Logo


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A kaleidoscope was chosen as the symbol for the 1987 National Docent Symposium held March 24-26 at the Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio. The nature of the kaleidoscope is to provide images that expand the viewers' perception. It never confines or limits, but projects new patterns that constantly change and grow from one image to another.

The design was created by Jan Wallake, under the direction of Brooke Simonds and Shirley Hancock, the Toledo Co-chairs. Following the symposium, the Council was given all rights to use the logo in any way they deemed useful for future Symposia. This kaleidoscope logo has become the symbol for the National Docent Symposium Council.

In October 1991 in Denver a large kaleidoscope pin was introduced and made available for purchase by symposium attendees. This was followed by the introduction of several smaller versions of the pin. A limited edition version of the pin was introduced in 2009, Toronto, to be awarded to Symposium Chairs and other people honored by the National Docent Symposium Council.

The logo design was copyrighted in 1995. A derivative version was copyrighted in 2009 and is used on the business cards. When used by the National Docent Symposium Council, the logo is black. Symposia are urged to incorporate the kaleidoscope into their own logo. It may be in any color but must be used in its entirety, complete with the copyright circle.

Since 1981, the symposium has provided an opportunity for docents from many disciplines to come together to discuss common interest and concerns, learn teaching skills and methods and to provide an enriching experience. By reaching out to one another, listening to new ideas, participating docents create new patterns of leadership, learning and teaching, much like the ever changing patterns created by a kaleidoscope.


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For the NDS 2017 Montreal Symposium
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Please consult our website and make your choice of the Breakout sessions, Off- site workshops and Pre-Symposium tours before beginning the registration process.

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Dinners for non-registered accompanying persons

We are happy to announce that non- registered persons accompanying delegates will have the possibility of attending two of our evening dinners. However space is limited. Please see our website for details at www.nds2017.com


Social walk/run for NDS Symposium Delegates


The Sheraton Centre will host a special edition for the NDS guests in the morning (7:00am-8:00am) on October 12th and October 13th. See our website for details www.nds2017.com under What’s new.


La Balade Pour La Paix: An Open-Air Museum


A public art exhibition along one kilometre of Sherbrooke Street West created by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts for Montreal’s 375th anniversary.
The route features 67 stations (30 sculptures and 42 photographs) by Canadian and international artists. It is lined with the flags of the close to 200 member countries of the United Nations, along with those of Canada’s 13 provinces and territories.
See www.375mtl.com/en


October 12 - 15, 2017
Almost Here!


Coming to Montreal? Find out what you need.

1.  Valid passport expiring more than 6 months after the travel date

2.  Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA): exemptions include U.S. citizens, travellers with a valid Canadian visa and Canadian citizens.  Please refer to the Government of Canada site for more information www.cic.gc.ca