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Volunteer Spotlight: Maggie Malloy

Meet Crystal Bridges Volunteer, Maggie Malloy

“We leave the museum knowing we are appreciated.”

Career Information
30-year career in Volunteer Management mostly in the health industry supportive care. 20 years in Development, creating events, and managing volunteers.

Hobbies
Art, scuba diving, biking, hiking, yoga, and grandchildren.

Favorite artwork or space at the museum
Works by John Singer Sargent, as well as Andrew and Jamie Wyeth.

How did you learn about the Museum and what prompted you to get involved?
I was invited to join a committee prior to the museum’s opening and met some of the key staff, had behind-the-scene tours and was hooked on quality and innovation.

In what ways have you been involved as a volunteer with the Museum thus far?
I served on a data base committee for a year prior to opening. I recruited 12 volunteers from this area for Crystal Bridges, and attended training. We have worked as guides, Experience Art Studio assistants, on the exhibition line and in the museum store.

What keeps you coming back to volunteer?
My time and involvement there is the best “therapy” for me nearby. I greatly appreciate the beautiful organization and management offered by volunteer services. We leave the museum knowing we are appreciated. My tiny place there, as I can come, means so much to me.

What have you learned or how have you been personally affected from your experience with the museum?
I would like to think that I have grown as an artist osmosis? Ha!

What do you enjoy most about your volunteer experience?
I love being surrounded by extraordinary art, the patrons who come to explore, the children who have that first exposure to other worlds through art, seeing old friends, and meeting new ones.

Do you have a funny or inspirational story you can briefly tell about your volunteer experience?
While in the lobby, a bus-load of older women entered. They were rubber-necking and all set to see THE Crystal Bridge! I was stifling my laughter and trying to contain my composure when another volunteer took over in such a sweet and professional way to explain.

Anything else you would like to share?
If I lived in Northwest Arkansas [Maggie commutes from Fort Smith!] I’d be there on a regular basis. I love each of you, on staff and the volunteer crew whom I’ve met from my assignment times!

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