Please check this site:
It is about the National Docent Symposium being held in
San Antonio, Texas in October. A few years back I was
privileged to attend one of these symposiums with three
docents from the Nelson Gallery (Kansas City). We gave
a presentation about a program my students were involved
in. There were about 500 docents from all over the country.
I was very impressed by the quality of commitment these
volunteers showed. (mostly white ladies over 40) I gained a
new appreciation for the hours of work they put in to make
the museum experience better for all of us. I suggest that
you check out this organization as part of your research
on how to train these great folks who volunteer their
time and talent. Better yet go to San Antonio. I understand
that it is a great city to visit.
Woody in KC
Juline Chevalier wrote:
> I am not a seasoned teacher as many of
> you sound to be, but rather, am pursuing a career in
> museum education (I recently finished grad school in
> an Arts in Education program and am now a lowly
> Education Fellow at a Contemp. art museum in New
> I am, however, about to embark on the daunting project
> of teaching our new volunteer guides all about art
> history (well, Manet to today). I am in the planning
> stages now and come to you all for input and advice.
> What do you think are reasonable learning goals?
> My students will likely be female, caucasian and over
> 40. These are the folks that will lead tour groups
> all around the museum, hopefully with the wonderful
> inquiry method rather than lecturing. So, these are
> the folks that may be talking to your students. What
> kind of art history background do you think they
> should have for this?