WHO WE ARE
The Greater Philadelphia Area Docent Consortium (GPADC) is an organization of docents from Philadelphia area museums and diverse institutions where guides are utilized. Our purpose is to strengthen the cognizance of our roles and to share information on docent issues.
In October 1999, the National Docent Symposium was held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In preparation for the Symposium, a committee was formed to coordinate visits for the NDS members to various cultural institutions with a docent program in the greater Philadelphia area. A lively and interesting exchange of views and practices ensued as a result of this docent communication network. Thus, in 2000, the committee founded the GPADC to perpetuate this forum.
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Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia
CONNECTING WITH THE DOCENT COMMUNITY
Three meetings are held each year: fall, winter, and spring, at various member institutions throughout the region. Usually two docents from each organization are invited to attend. Following a short business meeting, docents break into small groups to discuss the meeting's suggested guide-related topic. Each participant is invited to share the practices and customs pertinent to his/her establishment. Recent discussion topics have included: "The Museum of the Future: it's coming. How can we be ready?"; "Enriching Lives–Special Audiences"; "Touring Successes–Best Ideas"; "Making Everyone Better–Docent Evaluations"; "Cross-Pollination: What's up at your place? An interchange of ideas".
A biennial day-long meeting called Crossroads provides a forum for more participants, usually five guides per institution. A speaker is invited to provide insights regarding the chosen topic, lunch is served, and small discussion groups are formed.
Our GPADC institution membership continues to expand, and we currently have 35 organizations enrolled. They include not only encyclopedic museums, but also historic houses, cultural institutions, and arboretums. Institutional qualifications for membership include a functioning docent/guide program and location within the greater Philadelphia area. The complete list of our member organizations includes:
AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM IN PHILADELPHIA
ALLENTOWN ART MUSEUM
THE BARNES FOUNDATION
BUCKS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
(MERCER MUSEUM & FONTHILL CASTLE)
DELAWARE ART MUSEUM
EASTERN STATE PENITENTIARY
FREE LIBRARY OF PHILADELPHIA/
ROSENBACH MUSEUM AND LIBRARY
GROUNDS FOR SCULPTURE
INDEPENDENT SEAPORT MUSEUM
LAUREL HILL CEMETERY
MICHENER, JAMES A. MUSEUM
MT CUBA CENTER
MURAL ARTS PHILADELPHIA
NATIONAL CONSTITUTION CENTER
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN JEWISH HISTORY
PAUL ROBESON HOUSE
PEARL S BUCK INTERNATIONAL
PENNSYLVANIA ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS
PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART - PARK HOUSE GUIDES
PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART - WEEKDAY GUIDES
PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART - WEEKEND GUIDES
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY ART MUSEUM
SHOFUSO JAPANESE HOUSE AND GARDEN
UNION LEAGUE LEGACY FOUNDATION
WHARTON ESHERICK MUSEUM
WOODMERE ART MUSEUM
If you would like to become a member, attend the next meeting or just want to learn more, please contact us!