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“Volunteer Voices” Part 1

At the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts there are many opportunities and activities for volunteers to be involved in. Volunteers can assist at the First Impressions Desk, where they greet visitors and provide information about current activities and exhibits, or work on special projects or museum-wide events. Docents are special volunteers who are trained to lead gallery tours, teach studio lessons and lead art projects for the general public. These are but a few of the roles docents play at the museum.

Volunteers and Docents spend hundreds of hours each year here at the museum. I thought it might interest you to know what several of them said in response to the following question:

“What drew you to the museum as a place to share your time and energy?”

  • “My docent friend, Grace, was a new docent and she kept telling me about the new adventures she was having, and I finally decided that I wanted to be part of the fun.” – Penny Thompson, Docent
  • “I was newly retired and relocated and wanted to find something to do while giving back to the community. I had always been interested in art and fell in love with the museum.” – George Jacobsen, Docent
  • “I love the atmosphere of the museum – free, artistic and it seems like people who visit want to immerse themselves into the artistic world.” – Meili Wang, First Impressions Volunteer, Special Events Volunteer and Muse (teen council member)
  • “When my husband and I first moved to Montgomery (over 20 years ago) we lived in a rental home. I would visit the museum several times a week to lift my spirits and soul. I found out from a retired professor at AUM that I might be able to teach workshops at the museum and my volunteering branched out into being a docent once I retired from teaching art.” – Maria Freedman, Docent

  • “After retiring I was looking for something to do. I thought about being an Uber driver, but somehow that didn’t feel right. My friend suggested that I give the museum a try (at the First Impressions Desk) and I have enjoyed seeing the public on a weekly basis. I get to come into a wonderful setting and imagine traveling to fabulous places with the American artists that have their artwork displayed in MMFA.” – Jack Banker, First Impressions Volunteer
  • “I have done volunteer work at several other places in the community. After coming to the museum I found it to be “My Happy Place.” I can feel like I am doing something good while I am there. I like being busy. I can assist the educational staff with projects: cutting out fish for the 5th-grade tours or helping visitors find more ways to enjoy their visit.” – Jeanne Polis, First Impressions Volunteer

 

Next time’s question answered through Volunteer Voices will be:

“Do you have a favorite or rewarding moment with visitors of the museum?”

Stay tuned!

-Meg Hall
Volunteer Coordinator

 

Image 1: Mattie DeJarnette, volunteer, at First Impressions Desk

Image 2: Frank Gitschier, docent, in Permanent Collection Galleries

Image 3: Lisa Newcomb, docent, in Permanent Collection Galleries

Image 4: Liz Land, docent, in ARTWORKS

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