Specialty Touring

In collaboration with Georgia Tech, the High Museum of Art developed a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) tour and workshop to meet the needs of Atlanta's 21st century learners and thinkers.  This presentation will focus on the development of the tour, docents' contributions, the training process, and successes and challenges of launching a new tour.

Institution: High Museum of Art
Presenter: Margaret Wilkerson, Co-Presenters: Missy Shoenig and Leslie Tripp

Find out how to provide Talks on the Dot at any museum or gallery, with little time (10 minutes) and without moving from one spot.  Great for new visitors, visitors with children, and those with a mobility disability.  These tours can introduce a collection and even encourage the tour averse.

Institution: Art Gallery of Ontario
Presenter: Beverly Biderman, Co-Presenter: Melissa Smith

How do you create engaging and interactive tours for individuals with visual impairments?  Kalamazoo Institute of Arts docents and staff will discuss the development of their successful "Touch Art Tours", demonstrate their techniques and provide helpful advice for starting VI tours at your institution.

Institution: Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
Presenter: Michelle Stempien, Co-Presenters: Tracy Klinesteker and Frank Wolf

Bowers Museum runs a successful traditional school tour program.  Recently, the museum has begun offering home school tours, which differ noticeably from a traditional tour format.  Bowers Museum Docent Guild has formulated an interesting approach to delivering a good tour for both students and parents in the home school community.

Institution: Bowers Museum
Presenter: Mary Green, Co-Presenter: Andrea Krupka

Let us show you how our docents have turned bookworms into museum rats!  In this program a docent leads a discussion based tour linking a specific book with the art in the museum.  The goal is to encourage readers to visit the museum.

Institution: Utah Museum of Fine Arts
Presenter: Gladys Muren, Co-Presenter: Jody Andes

The Everson Outreach Program works to strengthen the museum's relationship with the community.  We are unique in that we provide inclusive programming for those with disabilities and Alzheimer's disease.  A hands-on activity and a VTS (Visual Thinking Strategy) demonstration will be part of our presentation.\

Institution: Everson Museum of Art
Presenter: Evelyn Fiorenza, Co-Presenters: Linda Blanding and Marilyn Post

"Tactile paintings" were created to enhance the experiences of visually-impaired visitors by helping them to form mental images of museum objects through touch.  The popularity of this approach led to an ongoing tactile tables program and is also used with people with developmental disabilities and adults with dementia.

Institution: Denver Art Museum
Presenter: Carolyn Strand, Co-Presenters: Marty Corren, Carol Hamilton, and Sharon Rouse

The Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) Education staff will define what visual literacy means to the TMA, share visual literacy workshop techniques, and discuss how the TMA docents were trained to facilitate the visual literacy workshops for TMA staff and the community.

Institution: Toledo Museum of Art
Presenter: Kate Blake, Co-Presenter: Kateri Walsh

Give your tours some personality -- "animate" the furniture!  Learn how to get your touring students fully engaged, and send them home with a whole new perspective on that "stuffy old furniture".  Hear about, and then participate in this fun and fascinating approach to docenting!

Institution: Art Institute of Chicago
Presenter: Lisa Seifried

This program is based on the premise that although memory may be compromised, the senses are alive and well.  They will explain the development and success of this multi-sensory approach used for tours and demonstrate sensory-based and story-telling museum activities.

Institution: University of Michigan Museum of Art
Presenter: Ruth Slavin, Co-Presenters: Sophie Grillet, Jeannie Mack-Powers, Marlene Ross, Susan Schreiber, Mary Wakefield, and Gretta Spier

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