More often than not, a job listing consists of three basic elements: a general position summary, a breakdown of minimum qualifications, and a list of responsibilities. Anyone who has ever written a job description knows that it is just about impossible to create a comprehensive account of position responsibilities—you just can’t anticipate everything. So, this list of roles frequently ends with four magical words: Other Duties as Assigned. This ingeniously vague phrasing opens an inexhaustible realm of possible assignments—from the banal to the bizarre. Crystal Bridges staff are no strangers to these odd jobs. Here are a couple more memorable tasks and obstacles encountered in recent years.
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On Halloween of 2011, Digital Media Specialist Heather Marie Wells decided to show some Crystal Bridges spirit by dressing as Rosie from Norman Rockwell’s iconic painting Rosie the Riveter. The gesture did not go unnoticed, and the next year, Wells found herself in high demand. She was asked to suit up in her Rosie gear again—first filling the role of Grand Marshall at Eureka Spring’s ArtRageous Parade, and then making a final appearance at Bentonville’s First Friday festival.
In July of 2012, Wells hung up her overalls and safety goggles, retiring from her role as an entertainer. “Who would have thought that wearing a Halloween costume would get me so much notice?” she reflected.
Strike a Pose
Crystal Bridges produces a number of educational and promotional materials including brochures, ads, posters, screens, banners, online resources, and other publications. All of these items require images, and many of these images feature models. So where do we find our models? Who is the lovely young woman browsing through books on the front of the Library brochure? And where did we find the darling children featured in our latest ad campaign? Our models fall into one of two categories—photoshoot volunteer or staff. Most of our photoshoot volunteers are local residents, Museum Members, or Museum volunteers, who were generous enough to donate their time to our cause.
The rest of our models are Museum employees. There are no full time models employed at Crystal Bridges, although we are a handsome bunch. Often, we just grab whatever poor soul happens to be between meetings at the time of the shoot. Lured in front of the camera with promises of cookies and pretzels, we snap their photos and send them on their way. Having completed this unusual task, they resume their assigned role at Crystal Bridges, often confused, but with a slightly improved blood sugar level.
Speak Up Jamey McGaugh, a member of Crystal Bridges’ Development Team, also happens to be an actor and playwright, so he is pressed into service from time-to-time as onscreen talent (check out his performance in our video commemorating Crystal Bridges’ one millionth visitor last year). Jamey is also the “voice of Crystal Bridges” on the Museum’s voice mail system. Copy Editor Linda DeBerry regularly does voice-over work for promotional videos and PSAs. You’ll hear her voice in this video, made for the temporary exhibition This Land.
Editor’s Note: Hilary Hutter, who authored this post, failed to mention it here, but she also has “Other Duties as Assigned.” As a talented artist, Hilary has been called upon on several occasions to create illustrations for the Crystal Bridges blog, including my personal favorite: “Kudzu Monster Devours Crystal Bridges,” found here, which certainly goes above and beyond the call of duty! –LD