Volunteer Award Winner:
Museum ShopBeth’s first memory of the DIA was in early childhood, when she would spend many Saturdays with her mother visiting the museum. They would spend mornings in Rivera Court, drawing in her sketchbook. She never developed into an artist, but her appreciation for art never wavered.
Beth attended Wayne State University and did her homework at the DIA rather than at school. She felt the atmosphere was more conducive to learning: it was quiet, and she could get lost in the galleries.
As a parent of four children, Beth continued the tradition of visiting the art museum and enjoyed many of the programs with her kids.
Beth has been a volunteer most of her life, beginning in high school. She knew early on that she wanted to be a special education teacher. During her high school years, Beth volunteered at the Foundation for Exceptional Children, helping the children during lunchtime activities. She went on to become a teacher and retired from the Grosse Pointe Public School System in June of 2012 after 40 years. The last 13 years she taught pre-school special-needs children.
Beth was a member of the Assistance League to the Northeast Guidance Center for more than 30 years, serving in many capacities. For 20 years she was co-chair of the artists for “Art on the Pointe,” an annual event held at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House. She was also involved in the Mothers’ Club of Grosse Pointe South High School, serving on many committees and as its president. Even though her children graduated, Beth still served on the preservation committee, giving reunion groups tours of the historic building. She is currently serving on the board of the Grosse Pointe Foundation for Public Education.
Beth started working at the DIA in 2012. She dove into the “deep end” on her very first day. She was in at least one day a week and wanted to work in the Fabergé exhibition shop. She would show up at other times before her Gallery Services shift and put in some time in the shop. She has done everything from helping our guests to helping in the back offices. Beth is always in a happy mood and ready to work. She is a great asset to the Museum Shop.
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