Kramer / NDSC Education Grants Awarded for 2017 NDS Montreal

The mission of the National Docent Symposium Council is to promote continuous improvement in docent practice by facilitating communication and collaborative interaction among U.S. and Canadian volunteer docents/guides.  This is accomplished through biennial symposia, sales of The Docent Handbook and with our interactive website

Congratulations Grant Recipients!

The National Docent Symposium Council (NDSC) has awarded eight Educational Grants for 2017 NDS Montreal, one for each of the six NDSC regions in the United States and the two regions in Canada. The grants cover the symposium registration fee for recipients, who are also given a copy of The Docent Handbook, a publication by NDSC that has been a valuable tool throughout the years for docents/guides in many museums, fine art centers, historic houses, gardens, and universities.

Response to the call for applications for the Kramer/NDSC Education Grants for 2017 NDS Montreal was overwhelmingly positive, making the selection process very competitive, and emphasizing the prestige of the awards. In selecting grant recipients, the Council promotes symposium attendance by docents/guides who might not otherwise be able to attend, and seeks to broaden the number of museums, galleries, and cultural institutions that will send docents/guides to future symposia. Offering these educational grants demonstrates commitment by the NDSC to docent education and growth and serves to further the NDSC mission to promote continuous improvement in docent practice by facilitating communication and collaborative interaction among U.S. and Canadian volunteer docents/guides.

In 2003, a scholarship fund was established by the Natural History Museum of the County of Los Angeles to honor Carole Kramer (former Council president, advisor and co-author of The Docent Handbook), and her husband, Eugene, upon her retirement as a docent from the museum. Gene Kramer provided many hours of Pro Bono legal counsel to the organization, and both Kramers valued docent education and interaction, working tirelessly for many years to further the goals of the NDSC, while also adding to the fund on a regular basis.

The first three scholarships were awarded in 2005 to volunteer docents/guides attending the Boston symposium. The awards covered the symposium's registration fee and included a copy of The Docent Handbook. Sales of The Docent Handbook have continued to increase the operating funds of the NDSC. In 2008, the Council changed the name to "educational grants" and voted to continue the grants, financing them from NDSC funds. Since 2005, 43 grants have enabled volunteer docents/guides to participate in seven symposia and reinforces the belief of NDSC that all docents/guides can benefit from the outstanding educational programs, speakers and ideas offered at National Docent Symposia.

An applicant is eligible for a grant if meeting the following requirements.
Must be a volunteer docent/guide who is registering for the full symposium.
Must be attending a National Docent Symposium for the first time.
Must not be a paid docent/guide or staff member.
Must not be a presenter at the symposium.
Must not be receiving funding from his/her institution, docent organization, or other granting organization in order to attend the symposium.

Applications are online only and will be available in advance of the 2019 National Docent Symposium.


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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


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 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.


October 12 - 15, 2017
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