Volunteer Award Winner:
Gallery Service - November 2007
The Detroit Institute of Art’s (DIA) Gallery Service Volunteer of the Year is Clif Levin. Levin is retired, after nearly 30 years as a special assistant prosecuting attorney with the Wayne County Friend of the Court. He has lived in Downtown Detroit for more than 30 years, currently sharing his home with three cats.
Levin has had a keen interest in the DIA, and had wanted to volunteer at the museum for years. His busy schedule previously interfered with that wish, but now Levin states, “…With my retirement I had some time to do so.”
He is at the DIA every Wednesday and Thursday afternoon and also occasionally assists on additional shifts. Gallery Service volunteers maintain a presence in the galleries and serve as hosts, greeting and assisting visitors in their assigned areas.
Shortly after joining Gallery Service Committee, Levin became chair, serving for two years; he then served as co-chair for an additional year. He currently serves on the Detroit Film Theatre’s Usher Committee, the Museum Shop Committee, and is chair of Gallery Service’s Nominating Committee.
In addition to his activities with the DIA, Levin enjoys theater and has a long history with Grosse Pointe Theatre (for which he is currently house chair), and other area theater groups. He also serves on the board of trustees for the Triangle Foundation, and is involved with Parade Company, the Detroit Zoo, the
Levin always has a smile and a kind word for everyone. His favorite experiences as a DIA volunteer involve the people with whom he works —where he has made numerous friends—and with the visitors. Levin is often seen assisting and chatting with visitors. He is charming and well informed. Visitors and colleagues alike respond favorably to his enthusiasm.
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