Monday’s Education Sessions

Talk About It: Creating Dialogues is the overarching theme of the 2019 Virginia Docent Exchange at VMFA. The dialogic approach has gained popularity in museums as a way to facilitate meaningful encounters with works of art. In this context, dialogue can best be understood as the shared experience of exploration through an exchange of ideas, observations, and inquiry.  Sessions offered at the 2019 VDE will examine the role of dialogue in creating meaningful experiences.

Sessions for April 15, 2019

8:00-8:50 a.m.- Check In at the atrium.  We will offer a breakfast buffet.

9:00-9:50 a.m.-  Opening Remarks–Dr. Elif Gokcigdem will address “Fostering Empathy and Compassionate Worldviews Through Museums.”

10:00- 10:50 a.m.- Sessions include:

  • Contemporary Art: Confronting Challenging Topics (Maier Museum)             
  • Risk Taking In the Galleries: Creative Ways to Spark Dialogue (Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art)                                                                   
  • Looking Deeply:  Bringing Our Whole Selves to the Museum                                                                           (Fralin Museum of Art)                                                                  
  • Drawing Tours to Lead Participants to Make Discoveries and Free Expression (VMFA) 
  • Acknowledging Place, People and History (Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of UVA)                     
  • The Art Within #TheArtofHealing (VMFA)

11:00- 11:50 a.m.Sessions include: 

  • Tactile Tours: Accommodating the Visitor Who is Blind or Has Low Vision (Chrysler)
  • Incorporating Artist Voices Into Your Tours (Kluge- Ruhe)     
  • Art Through the Lens of Creative Writing (Fralin)                                 
  • See/Think/Wonder. . . For Grownups!  (VMFA)                                                                                                                                    
  • Do You Hear What I See?   (VMFA)                                                                                                     
  • Improvisation and Gallery Games (Maier)

12:00 noon- 12:50 p.m.- Lunch (Box Lunches)

1:00- 1:50 p.m.Sessions include:

  • Art and Memory Loss: “Do You Remember…?” (Muscarelle Museum of Art)   
  • Teaching Tolerance Through Oral History (VMFA)
  • What Should I Do When I Haven’t a Clue? (Chrysler)                                         
  •  The Dialogue Toolkit:  Intentional Looking, Listening, and Language                                                                   (Fralin)                                                   
  • So Many Ways to Engage!   (VMFA)                                   
  • Using Ambiguity to Craft a Thematic Tour (VMFA)

2:00- 2:50 p.m.-  Closing remarks by Dr. Ronna Tulga Ostheimer will address “Curating a Culture of Respect.”

Please note:  VMFA On The Road will be available for viewing.