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Volunteer Award Winner:
Harold Baut

Art To The Schools - 2004

Harold Baut is the Volunteer of the Year for the Art to the Schools (ATS) Committee for October 2004. Harold has been an ATS Docent for six years, and has traveled all over the metro Detroit area to reach third through sixth grade students with two talks: “Visual Thinking Skills” and “American Art.”

Harold is currently co-chairman of Special Events for the ATS Committee. He and his co-chair have already organized a trip to Grand Rapids to view the Gratia Dei exhibit and are planning a tour of the Ford Rouge Plant in October. Prior to holding this position, Harold served as secretary of the ATS Committee for two terms.

Harold, a native Detroiter, brings a great deal to the DIA with his talents, background and enthusiasm. While working his way through the University of Detroit, Harold became fascinated with films. After a stint teaching junior high and high school, Harold was offered a position in Minot, North Dakota at Minot State University. Although it was very cold and distant, Harold enjoyed teaching university students. “It was great dealing with just the students; I never had to deal with any parents!”

Harold left Minot to teach at Ferris State University where he stayed for 32 years. He began teaching English Composition and Literature in the Humanities Department. It wasn’t long before he introduced Film and Pop Culture courses. He taught these courses for 20 years. Harold is now an usher for the Detroit Film Theater.

Harold has been a member of the Speakers Bureau Committee for three years, and has given his talk entitled “A Visual Performance in the Visual Arts” to many appreciative audiences. He has also spoken on several special exhibitions including “Degas and the Dance,” “Magnificenza,” and “The Photography of Charles Sheeler: American Modernist.”

In addition to his work at the DIA, Harold is a devoted volunteer at Holy Redeemer Church seven days a week. He is the Sacristan (he sets out all of the necessary objects for the priest to say mass). He is also a Lector, Eucharistic Minister, Altar Server and makes announcements at mass.

Harold is a dedicated DIA volunteer and ATS is proud to have him represent our committee as Volunteer of the Year.


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