Volunteer Award Winner:
Speakers Bureau - 2005
Barbara Goldsmith’s love of the arts brought her to the DIA following a 28-year career as a high school English teacher. After taking a docent tour of a DIA exhibition, Barbara was convinced that this would be an enjoyable and rewarding way to spend her free time. Her first volunteer experience at the museum was with the Docent Committee in 1986. Barbara joined the Speakers Bureau seven years ago “through the back door” as the committee’s volunteer scheduler, later succumbing to the temptation to deliver talks as well. She has qualified to give three different talks for the Speakers Bureau, and includes special exhibition talks in her repertoire as well.
Barbara’s most memorable moment as a DIA volunteer was at one of her first Speakers Bureau talks, where she was very well received by the appreciative audience. She was particularly touched when one of the attendees enthusiastically thanked her for coming, and told Barbara that she too had been a volunteer at the DIA.
Arriving in Detroit from her native New Jersey at age 12, Barbara is a graduate of the Detroit public schools, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University, where she earned a master’s degree in English Literature. She is the mother of three grown children, and grandmother to seven. Additionally, Barbara is an avid reader and moviegoer. She particularly enjoys theatre, and rarely misses a production, amateur or professional.
In addition to the Speakers Bureau, Barbara also volunteers with the Day Away with the DIA program, Friends of Modern Art, the Docent
Committee, and serves as Vice Chairman of the Graphic Arts Council.
She has shared her talents with the Volunteer Committee in a variety of ways, serving as newsletter editor, trip chairman, and most recently, working on the Volunteer Trip of September 2004. Barbara will become the Vice-Chairman of Speakers Bureau in June 2005.
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