At Crystal Bridges, we love our volunteers! Get to know Dana Sue Busch, this month’s Volunteer Spotlight.
I was a Human Resources professional. I am a retired HR Director from the City of Fargo, North Dakota.
Traveling, quilting, sewing, reading, cooking, hiking, fishing. Did I mention traveling?
Favorite artwork or space at the museum
I have many favorites! At the top of my list are: John Singer Sargent’s Under The Willows, Maxfield Parrish’s The Lantern Bearers and Georgia O’Keeffe’s Jimson Weed/White Flower No.1.
In what ways have you been involved as a volunteer with the museum thus far?
I have been a Museum Guide and mostly spent time greeting at the front door and at the exhibition line.
What keeps you coming back to volunteer?
This environment really uplifts me and I have enjoyed meeting other volunteers. The guests are always happy to be here.
What do you enjoy most about your volunteer experience?
Being around such beauty just makes my day better and I look forward to every opportunity to be here.
What have you learned or how have you been personally affected by your experience with the museum?
I have learned to look at the art and see something new each time I walk through the galleries. I take more time to really see it.
Do you have a funny or inspirational story you can briefly tell about your volunteer experience? Please share with us!
We brought our granddaughter here and were on the Art Trail by Vaquero when a black cat with a red collar made friends with her. We then went through the galleries and came upon Thomas Eakins’s Professor Benjamin Howard Rand, her eyes grew big, as she thought the black cat with the red collar was the one she made friends with outside on the Art Trail.
Fun Fact: When Luis Jimenez’s Vaquero was installed on the Art Trail, I thought it looked really familiar. I realized that one of Jimenez’s works had been displayed in downtown Fargo. It was his first public art commission (for the Fargo ND Parking Authority in 1978) titled Sodbuster, San Isidro.
Do you have any advice for individuals considering volunteering with Crystal Bridges?
If you are thinking about volunteering, I would recommend that you spend the time to get trained and join the fun!