Meet Crystal Bridges Volunteer Jack Allen:
Career Information (Past, Present or Future)
College Degree in Business Administration
HQ US Army Europe (Heidelberg, Germany) – Finance Office
Phillips Petroleum – Credit Card Operations – Kansas City, Missouri
IBM Corporation – Administration – 30 years in various locations
Travel—both US and abroad—bicycling and fitness, and sports. I’m also a recovering antique “junkie”
Favorite artwork or space at the Museum
My favorite artist is Thomas Hart Benton. He is close to being a “hometown,” artist, being from Neosho, Missouri. Benton spent his adult years in Kansas City. Having grown up near there, my first exposure to Benton was at the Nelson Art Gallery in K.C. I somehow relate to his BOLD depictions of ordinary people doing ordinary things.
How did you learn about the Museum and what prompted you to get involved?
My wife Shirley (also a volunteer) and I became Members the first week that memberships were offered and have kept up with “special happenings” ever since. I became involved after deciding to resign from a position after 15 years with a national volunteer organization.
In what ways have you been involved as a volunteer with the Museum thus far?
Thus far I have served as a Museum Guide, and in Audio Distribution, Line Assistance – Special Exhibits, and at the Museum booth at First Friday on the Square.
What keep you coming back to volunteer?
I especially enjoy the Museum visitors, the atmosphere, and working with the other volunteers and management.
What do you enjoy most about your volunteer experience?
I especially enjoy the Museum visitors, many from all over the world.
What have you learned or how have you been personally affected from your experience with the Museum?
Although I have visited other museums both in the US and Europe, somehow it becomes more personal when you are involved and it is in your own backyard.
Do you have a funny or inspirational story you can briefly tell about your volunteer experience?
I had a discussion with a visitor from Benton, Arkansas, who had driven more than four hours on Veterans Day to see Crystal Bridges. He was so impressed that, even though he had to drive back that night, he promised he would be back before the end of the year.
Do you have any advice for individuals considering volunteering with Crystal Bridges?
If you are considering this opportunity, the organization makes it very easy to fit your interests and your schedule into their schedule. I am glad I became involved.