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Volunteer Spotlight: Deanna Schlegel

Crystal Bridges volunteer Deanna Schlegel

Crystal Bridges volunteer Deanna Schlegel

Meet Crystal Bridges volunteer Deanna Schlegel!


Career Information (Past, Present or Future)

BBA from Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas.  Retired, Director of Finance, City of Branson, Missouri.  I was in Branson for 10 years.



Main interests are Crystal Bridges,, getting together with friends, traveling, going out for dinner, lunch, and any kind of physical exercise


Favorite artwork or space at the Museum

I love Jamie Wyeth, Norman Rockwell, and many others.  The entrance or greeting space is my favorite because of the amazement I see on people’s faces with their first exposure.  Their mood sometimes turns jubilant with the first observation of this incredible place.  It is really fun and fulfilling to help them.


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

My husband and I frequently visited downtown Bentonville to observe the progress.  It was amazing.  When I retired, I knew that I wanted to get involved in some manner. When volunteer opportunities came up, I signed up.


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

Almost exclusively, I have acted as a Museum Guide.


What keeps you coming back to volunteer?

The wonderful mixture of people from all over the world, almost all with a great love of art.  The opportunities afforded this community to grow and expose their children to this world of art. My grandson’s fascination with what it has to offer.  And lastly, the wonderful people I have had the opportunity to work with and the friendships that have developed.


What do you enjoy most about your volunteer experience?

The people and their amazement.


Do you have a funny or inspirational story you can briefly tell about your volunteer experience?  Please share with us!

We watched staff catch a little mole between the glass doors, and then carefully liberate it to the forest.  Pretty special.


Anything else you would like to share?

The Museum staff and management are so great to their volunteers it is hard to imagine anyone not wanting to come back. It is extremely enjoyable and rewarding.


Do you have any advice for individuals considering volunteering with Crystal Bridges?

Everything I have said above and more.  The educational opportunities and activity involvement are without comparison.  I spent many years back in Kansas as a volunteer with the Junior League, and never had the satisfaction, fun, and enjoyment Crystal Bridges has afforded.


Linda DeBerry
Senior Copy Editor / Publications Manager

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