Celebrating Docents

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF) Docent Council celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2016 with many events and accolades. Our organization would like to share our experience with other docent organizations who may want to collaborate with their institution to celebrate a significant milestone.

Docents formed a 50th Anniversary committee and planned special events to acknowledge and publicize this historic event.

* A Golden Jubilee Handbook that included the history of the Docent Council, important Milestones over the years, docent pictures, and images of art works that docents contributed to.

* An article (with pictures) on the History of the Docent Council that was published in the FAMSF Fine Arts Winter/Spring 2016 magazine.

* A page on our Docent website devoted to Golden Jubilee events.

* A Proclamation from Mayor Edwin Lee and the City and County of San Francisco itemizing our contributions and proclaiming that May 23RD, 2016 was Fine Arts Museums' Docent Council Day.

* A Resolution of Appreciation from the Fine Arts Museums' Board of Trustees itemizing our contributions.

* A Golden Jubilee program and luncheon in Wilsey Court on May 23rd attended by docents, supporting docents and FAMSF Board of Trustees President, Dede Wilsey. The morning program included an overview of our Community Speakers Program, an oral history video featuring docents with stories to tell, and a docent photo slide show, "A Trip Down Memory Lane."

* A gift of six Matt Black photographs selected by Curator Jim Ganz which were part of the 2016 exhibition Wild West: Picturing America's Frontier.

* A Golden Jubilee Artists' Talk lecture in the Koret auditorium preceded by a coffee in the Piazzoni Mural Room. Glass artist Beth Lipman talked about her piece Candlesticks, Books, flowers and Fruit and glass artist Karen La Mont presented a video, Dress 3, Flesh and Desire, created for us from the Czech Republic via Skype!

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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
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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