Timeline

August 2015
October 2016
March 2017
January 2018
January 2021
New Models for Docent Programs: January 19, 2022

August 2015

A small group of six Directors/Heads of Education came to the Kress Foundation to meet with representatives from the Association of Art Museum Directors and the Association for Art Museum Curators to investigate the concept of forming a single-focused professional organization. It was determined during those discussions that greater input was needed to further explore.

October 2016

With support from the Kress Foundation, a convening was held with almost 30 Directors/Heads of Education from around the United States to discuss the development of an organization and define its mission.

March 2017

The original group of six discussed the notes and feedback from the October convening and decided FLAME would:

  • be a professional leadership program that includes both formal and informal convenings and activities to advance the art museum education field and help to cultivate the next generation of art museum leaders.

FLAME would not:

  • be a professional membership organization
  • be a 501c(3) organization with a board and executive director
  • duplicate the work conducted by NAEA Museum Education Division and/or EdCom

January 2018

The first convening was held at the Crocker Museum of Art in Sacramento, California, based on Simon Sinek’s Start with Why, for about 27 Directors/Heads of Education.

January 2021

Download the newsletter here: FLAME_Newsletter_Jan21

New Models for Docent Programs: January 19, 2022

For years, within the art museum field, the elephant in the room has been the use of volunteer docents. Can we effectively employ volunteer docents in a field based on a deep understanding of art and education theory that requires full attention as it changes so rapidly? Is our dependency on free labor (unpaid internship, volunteer programs) thwarting our diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts? How can we balance the critical role of volunteer docents in public engagement with our desire to ensure all visitors feel welcomed and celebrated?

 

Please join us for a broad and rich discussion of docent programs with peers who are experimenting with a variety of models in the hopes of meeting different community and institutional needs. Moderated by Cris Scorza, this will be the first joint meeting held by FLAME and SPARK! SPARK will be leading the January meeting and all FLAME members are invited.