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Principles of Decolonized Interpretation Workshop - Tour Guide & Docent Training


Principles of Decolonized Interpretation Workshop - Tour Guide & Docent Training

Following up on the success of the Interpreting Slavery and Freedom in New England Conference, the Center for Reconciliation will be hosting a 1.5 day workshop for new and intermediate interpreters. The Principles of Decolonized Interpretation workshop will help participants, regardless of experience level, gain a better understanding of how to organize and lead engaging, thematic and relevant tours for the public.
Training Outline

Interpreting race, slavery, violence and other challenging topics for different age groups

Know your audience, know yourself 

Individual interpretive program development 

Program delivery 

Managing emotions, yours and the public's

Self-care strategies for interpreters 

Self and peer evaluation

Local resources 

The workshop will be lead by Certified Interpretive Guide Trainer, educator and Program Director and Curator at the CFR, Elon Cook Lee. Elon was certified by the National Association for Interpretation in 2016 and has trained over 300 interpreters from museums, historic houses and cultural heritage sites across the country. 

This day and a half workshop is $150. Scholarships are available. Individuals who become official CFR tour guides will receive their $150 deposit back upon completion of their third walking tour for the CFR. 

Training Location and Parking:
The workshop will be hosted inside the historic Cathedral of St. John on North Main Street in Providence. Free parking will be available in the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island parking lots. 

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