Virtual Event Series

 

Begins

Tuesday, October 6

Time

10am via Zoom

Hosted by

Mural Arts Philadelphia

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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.

MEETING NOTES

     Feb 10, 2020

 

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.

ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

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.

 

Current Members

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 AND FONTHILL CASTLE)
DELAWARE ART MUSEUM

EASTERN STATE PENITENTIARY

FREE LIBRARY OF PHILADELPHIA/
    ROSENBACH MUSEUM AND LIBRARY
GLENCAIRN MUSEUM
GROUNDS FOR SCULPTURE
HAGLEY MUSEUM

INDEPENDENT SEAPORT MUSEUM

LAUREL HILL CEMETERY

MEADOWBROOK FARM

MICHENER, JAMES A. MUSEUM

MORRIS ARBORETUM

MT CUBA CENTER

MURAL ARTS PHILADELPHIA

MUTTER MUSEUM

NATIONAL CONSTITUTION CENTER

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN JEWISH HISTORY

PAUL ROBESON HOUSE

PEARL S BUCK INTERNATIONAL

PENN MUSEUM

PENNSYLVANIA ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS

PHILADELPHIA LANDMARKS

PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART - PARK HOUSE GUIDES

PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART - WEEKDAY GUIDES

PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART - WEEKEND GUIDES

PHILADELPHIA ZOO

PRINCETON UNIVERSITY ART MUSEUM

SHOFUSO JAPANESE HOUSE AND GARDEN

TYLER ARBORETUM

UNION LEAGUE LEGACY FOUNDATION

WHARTON ESHERICK MUSEUM

WINTERTHUR MUSEUM

WOODMERE ART MUSEUM

For more

information

SAY HELLO

If you would like to become a member, attend the next meeting or just want to learn more, please contact us!

 

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