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Volunteer Spotlight: Nicole Hansen

Career Information (Past, Present, or Future)

I’ve worked in Advertising and Communications throughout the years in Southern California and the Salt Lake City areas. I started out as a Media Buyer, then moved onto Media Planning, working for advertising agencies from small to large. Later I shifted “in-house” to Communications departments working with writers, translators, artists, and video producers as a Project Manager.

 

Hobbies/Activities/Interests

I love hanging out with my family, getting outside and exploring nature, visiting new places, eating good food, reading, listening to podcasts, watching foreign and independent films, exploring museums and galleries, and attending the occasional broadway show or local production now and then. And…community volunteering!

 

Favorite artwork or space at the museum?

There are many pieces that I love at Crystal Bridges, but I do have a couple of true favorites thanks to the Cart Guide program: Joan Brown’s Self Portrait with Fish and Cat and Marisol’s The Bathers. Both are done by women and are a little quirky. I connect to that!

 

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

While living in Texas for a year, my daughter told me about Crystal Bridges in very glowing terms after she had made a visit to this area. It was a very big part of what lured me here.

 

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

I have assisted in the Library, The Studio, Lobby and Exhibition Line.  I have assisted with classes and events in the studios and recently joined the Cart Guide program.

 

What keeps you coming back to volunteer?

I get a boost every time I’m in the building or on the grounds! Beauty in nature, art, and architecture surrounded by people who are in awe of the space. I agree with Alice Walton, that there is “something of the spiritual” about Crystal Bridges that cannot help but uplift.

 

What do you enjoy most about your volunteer experience? 

Seeing the light come into someone’s eyes, their excitement as they learn something new and interesting about an artist or a piece of art. The joy is apparent on the faces of first-time visitors.

 

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

I’ve learned to be open-minded about art that I didn’t initially understand or appreciate, to take time to learn. One such particular piece is now a favorite of mine.

 

Do you have a funny or inspirational story you can briefly tell about your volunteer experience?

Every day at Crystal Bridges is an inspiration!

 

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

Have no fear, just do it! It will enrich your life! You’ll make new friends and meet the locals, as well as people from all over the country and around the world… all in one of the most beautiful settings on the planet!

 

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