Thank You

By: Catie Anderson, curator of education on May 31st, 2023

On October 5, 2011, I began my journey as a Woodson Art Museum educator. On Friday, June 30, 2023, I will conclude my tenure at the Museum. My gratitude for this institution and the community it cultivates and serves are immense. Over nearly twelve years, I’ve had the privilege and pleasure to work with incredible people including coworkers, members, artists, volunteers, educators, students, and visitors. Learning from and with them has been immeasurably rewarding.

Museum staff members seated around a large conference table in the library, each person has on a different hat.

During a curatorial planning meeting for “The Global Language of Headwear,” which, of course, required just the right group accessories. We all “wear different hats,” everyday.

From my first docent training to what will be my last on June 19, my time with Museum volunteers has proven to be a never-ending source of friendship, knowledge, and warmth. Woodson docents, greeters, SPARK! friends, and gardeners became some of my fastest and closest allies at work, motivating and encouraging me to be a better communicator and listener in my role as a Museum educator.

Two photographs of groups of volunteer docents. The first image is a candid picture of docents seated in a group during a training, the second image shows Museum educators Catie and Rachel posing with the most recent class of new Museum docents.

To Birds in Art artists and past artists-in-residence, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for your willingness to work with me on programming, videos, opening weekend festivities, outreach events, and more. The trust, support, and creative nurturing visiting artists afforded me will serve me for decades to come in my own art making and my willingness to share those pursuits with others. Miniature painting, raku ceramics, altered books, soapstone carving, bronze casting, wire sculpture, relief printmaking, charcoal and chalk drawing, watercolor painting – these are just some of the media I’ve been fortunate enough to try under the guidance and encouragement of guest artists.

A group photo of seven adults, six participants from a screen printing workshop are holding up examples of their prints while the instructor stands in the middle of the group.

Serigraphy workshop participants, myself included, pose with two-color screenprints created during Master Artist Anne Senechal Faust’s 2018 residency.

To the Woodson Art Museum, all I can say is thank you for the memories, the friendships, the growth, and the time well spent over the past decade plus.

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