19364_3_102015 Connecticut Art Docent Symposium
Art for All

Monday, May 11, 2015
8:15am – 3:30pm


8:15 – 8:55am | Check-in and Refreshments

9:00 – 9:15am | Welcome

9:15 – 10:25am | Keynote Address – Robin Jaffee Frank
Step Right Up! Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861–2008

Robin Jaffee Frank

Robin Jaffee Frank, curator of Coney Island and Chief Curator and Krieble Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, says America’s Playground remains a “seductively liberating subject” for artists. Look at their visions of wonder and menace, dreams and nightmares, and discover why this strip of sand in Brooklyn has become a singular place in the American imagination.



10:30 – 11:40am | Morning Break-out Sessions

11:45am – 12:55pm | Buffet Lunch and “Showcase of Ideas”

1:00 – 2:20pm | Keynote Conversation – Rika Burnham
Listening In: Best Practices for Engaging Audiences with Controversial Art


Rika Burnham, Head of Education at The Frick Collection and co-author of Teaching in the Art Museum: Interpretation as Experience, leads an on-stage conversation with projected images.  Eight docents and three museum educators engage as her audience. The rest of us will listen in as Rika models a dialogical practice applied to controversial art.  A 15-minute audience question and answer period will follow.



2:30 – 3:30pm | Afternoon Break-out Sessions

To download a full schedule with panel descriptions, click here.

Register by printing and filling out the 2015 Art for All Symposium Registration Form that will be emailed to you by your CADN representative on March 16. Registration is open from March 16 to April 16; completed applications must be postmarked by April 16. Registration is first come, first served, and space is limited to 180 docents. Due to space restrictions, walk-ins cannot be accommodated. Registration is non-refundable, but is transferable.

Directions and Parking
Click here for directions to the museum, located at 600 Main Street, Hartford, Connecticut.

Symposium participants should park at the Front Street South Garage at 39 Front Street, Hartford, CT, located across from the Connecticut Convention Center. The garage is accessible via Columbus Boulevard to Arch Street to Front Street Crossing. Wadsworth Atheneum docents will be stationed at the parking lot to direct you to the museum. Bring your ticket to the museum for a discounted parking rate.

Wadsworth Atheneum docents should park at the Trumbull-on-the-Park Garage, 100 Trumbull Street. Bring your parking ticket to the museum for validation.

If you have any questions regarding the symposium and/or registration or parking information, please contact your CADN representative.