Meet Crystal Bridges volunteer Nick Cordero!
Life guard and swim instructor for 3- to 8-year-olds at the Rogers Aquatic Center
Currently a student at Haas Hall Academy in Fayetteville
Future – I hope to be a Pediatric Cardiologist
Poetry – I’m much better at verbal art than visual art. Swimming and running. Learning about the human body.
And volunteering, of course.
Favorite artwork or space at the Museum
Hiroshima, by Janet Sobel. This work’s rendition of the effects and aftermath of nuclear warfare serves as a warning to future generations of the catastrophe that such power is capable of inflicting. The sickly yellow of the mushroom cloud and somber expression near the top leave no doubt as to the message Sobel wished to convey.
How did you learn about the Museum and what prompted you to get involved?
I remember always being impressed by the Museum every time I visited. Perhaps this translated into a website search for how I could help make it great.
In what ways have you been involved as a volunteer with the Museum thus far?
I have been a Museum Guide (lobby, special exhibition line, and audio guides) most often. But I’ve also had the opportunity to assist with public events and camps for kids, which is always fun and interesting.
What keeps you coming back to volunteer?
Knowing that my work is helping to make this museum world-class is a feeling like no other. The environment is friendly and stimulating. And after I finish volunteering, I take some time to browse, appreciate, and ponder the artwork myself.
What do you enjoy most about your volunteer experience?
For me this is a particularly difficult question given how much I love about Crystal Bridges. But If I had to choose one thing, it would be interacting with the people at the Museum. The staff is friendly and supportive and the guests are almost always pleasant and respectful. I’d attribute this to the art and the setting at Crystal Bridges. When you are in the presence of such amazing natural and artistic beauty, it’s difficult to experience anything but tranquility unless you let your mind wander elsewhere.
What have you learned or how have you been personally affected from your experience with the Museum?
Volunteering has helped me become intimately acquainted with Crystal Bridges. Before, I thought of visual art as a pointless endeavor without practical merit. I now see visual art as a vital form of expression that can be used to record both history and emotion unlike any other medium. Seeing others’ passion for art as I volunteer has sprouted a similar interest in me
Do you have a funny or inspirational story you can briefly tell about your volunteer experience? Please share with us!
I’ve kept track of the number of times people have asked me where the bathroom is. In my nearly 60 hours of volunteering, I’ve been asked 105 times. So, once every 35 minutes, someone asks me where the bathroom is.
Anything else you would like to share?
My gratitude to Alice Walton. It’s because of her that we have this amazing museum and I thank her for that from the bottom of my heart
Do you have any advice for individuals considering volunteering with Crystal Bridges?
By all means, do it!! You will enjoy the time you spend here, regardless of how you spend it. Volunteering gives you the added bonus of knowing you help make the Museum as amazing as it is!