Living & Learning from Art: A DAM Volunteer Shares Her Experience

Living & Learning from Art: A DAM Volunteer Shares Her Experience

For many years, Jeanne Kearns has been an invaluable volunteer at the Denver Art Museum. Serving on both the Guest Services Council and Volunteer Executive Board, Jeanne has contributed more than 2,000 hours to the museum. Before her time at the DAM, Jeanne was a consultant for the federal government and taught nursing at the University of Colorado. In 1996, she retired from her position as Executive Director of the Western Institute of Nursing and decided to dedicate her time to the Denver Art Museum.

Jeanne was a devoted member of the DAM for many years before becoming a volunteer. She enjoys learning about all types of art, but is especially passionate about impressionism and sculpture. The Denver Art Museum has been a large part of Jeanne’s life over the past few decades, and she truly believes that, You can live and learn from art.”

Jeanne recently compared her time as a volunteer to her membership in the Helen Dill Society. “As a volunteer, we give and receive. Another way to give and receive is to become a member of the Helen Dill Society.” Jeanne has dedicated a percentage of her estate to the DAM, and it is her hope that this contribution will someday help the museum acquire a piece of art that future visitors can enjoy. “It’s not about the amount—it’s about the commitment to the museum,” Jeanne affirms.

Read more about the fascinating story of Helen Dill in The Helen Dill Bequest: A School Teacher’s Legacy (available in The Shop at the DAM and online).

You too can make a planned gift to the DAM, and be recognized now. There are many ways to leave a lasting legacy at the Denver Art Museum. Helen Dill Society members are invited to an annual high tea where Christoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer Director of the DAM, shares his vision for the museum. Guests also enjoy a private exhibition tour and museum gifts in appreciation for their commitment.

Leah Fell was the associate director of development at the Denver Art Museum. Her favorite exhibition was Super Indian: Fritz Scholder 1967–1980.

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