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Volunteer Spotlight: Nancianna Nott

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In honor of National Volunteers Month, we’re introducing readers to some of the many, invaluable volunteers who help keep Crystal Bridges accessible and inviting for all!  Today, meet Nancianna Nott!

 

Career Information (Past, Present, or Future)
I had a 30-year teaching career, then became an active community volunteer. I wrote curriculum and studies for children and women, served as a Head Start Teacher’s Aide, wrote and presented the program “Know your town, country, and state” for Boys and Girls Clubs, and co-managed with my husband the Bangkok Christian Guest House for the Presbyterian Church.

Hobbies/Activities/Interests

I enjoy gardening and flower-bed upkeep, quilting for charity and family, and traveling to visit family and attend conferences across the USA. I also work at the church food pantry, and measure and price fabric at Helping Hands Thrift Store.

Entry-drive

Favorite artwork or space at the Museum

I love the entrance drive through the canopy of trees—a terrific welcome to such a pleasant Museum experience. I have many favorites for nostalgic reasons, and for the rush of emotion I get from seeing ORIGINAL works of art. I enjoy the opportunity to learn about the artists and their creations.

How did you learn about the Museum and what prompted you to get involved?

After we moved to the area to be closer to family, Crystal Bridges was built. To my surprise and delight, it was much, much more than the museums I had lived near or visited in Europe or the Asian countries.  And here it’s a real bonus to be a volunteer.

In what ways have you been involved as a volunteer with the Museum thus far?

I help with school visits, and with packing their goody bags; as a greeter at public events, WOW and other Culinary events; proofread brochures and magazines; and work Audio Guide distribution.

What keeps you coming back to volunteer?

Crystal Bridges, inside and out, is my hangout. I feel I belong here. It’s a real privilege to volunteer and freely stroll about. It provides an extension of learning, which is so stimulating.

What do you enjoy most about your volunteer experience?

The opportunity to be involved in the public’s visit, the children from the surrounding areas coming and being so respectful and in awe.

What have you learned or how have you been personally affected from your experience with the Museum?

I appreciate the opportunity to develop a new creative dimension to my life.
Do you have a funny or inspirational story about your volunteer experience that you can tell us?

A third-grader said, “I’m bringing my parents so we can see more!”

Anything else you would like to share?

I enjoy and marvel how wide-eyed and appreciative the guests are, and an atmosphere where there is open dialogue and sharing among participants.
Do you have any advice for individuals considering volunteering with Crystal Bridges?

Come and expand your existence, which can give you happiness and contentment.

Linda DeBerry
Senior Copy Editor / Publications Manager

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