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Volunteer Spotlight: Cynthia Correro

Crystal Bridges volunteer, Cynthia Correro

Crystal Bridges volunteer, Cynthia Correro

Meet Crystal Bridges Volunteer Cynthia Correro!

 

Career Information (Past, Present or Future)

 

Bank Teller, Legal Secretary, Executive Secretary/Administrative Assistant for various companies, spending most of my career with IBM Corporation in Atlanta, GA and Memphis, TN.  Now retired.

 

Hobbies/Activities/Interests

 

For several years I was involved with community theatre in both Texas and Tennessee.   At home hobbies are knitting, reading, and painting.

 

Favorite artwork or space at the museum

 

This is a tough one because I like so much of it.  Some of my favorites are:  Felix Gonzales-Torres’s Untitled (L.A.); Old Self: Portrait of the Artist as He Will (Not) Be. Variation #2 by Evan Penny; and Man on a Bench, by Duane Hanson—which I almost started to talk to the first time I saw it.

 

 Duane Hanson's "Man on a Bench".

Duane Hanson’s “Man on a Bench”.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas

 

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

 

I moved here from Nashville, TN in 2009 and watched a lot of the construction from a lookout on one of the trails.  Could hardly wait to see it completed. My decision to get involved was made when I realized that although I thoroughly enjoyed being at home after over 50 years of employment, boredom was starting to creep into my life. Volunteering anywhere had never entered my mind until I started coming to Crystal Bridges and enjoying everything it has to offer.

 

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

 

My training consists of taking tickets at special exhibits, greeting, and audio distribution.  Audio distribution is my favorite.

 

What keeps you coming back to volunteer?

 

Volunteering has added so much to my life.  Not only have I had the privilege of meeting and talking with so many different people from different parts of the US and world, it has given me great pleasure helping guests with the audio equipment and hearing their positive comments about the museum.

 

What do you enjoy most about your volunteer experience?

 

Hearing the positive comments about Crystal Bridges; and especially seeing the smiling faces and twinkling eyes of the children when they get their prizes for participating in the Scavenger Hunt.

 

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

Most importantly, I have learned to take my time with a piece of art and to search and find things I never saw with the first viewing.  I also have learned to be more patient with myself and other people.

 

Do you have a story you can share with us?

There have been many, but one that comes to my mind is the couple from Minnesota who have a grandchild who became ill in his early years. The illness left him confined to a wheelchair and with learning disabilities.  They realized early that he showed great interest in art so they started taking him to museums.  When I suggested they bring him to Crystal Bridges one day, they promised me it would be done very soon.

 

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

Sign up and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Linda DeBerry
Senior Copy Editor / Publications Manager

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