Our museum is fortunate to have a cadre of absolutely fantastically devoted trustees, and they are very supportive of museum staff. To give the trustees and staff a chance to get acquainted, we have instituted a series of mingling opportunities. These include lunches with a small number of staff members and a single trustee, as well as periodic group lunches where several trustees and a larger number of staff gather for a musical chairs buffet lunch, giving everyone a chance for informal conversation. Brooke Rosenblatt, Manager of Programs and In-Gallery Interpretation, attended one of these lunches on Monday and shares her take on the experience:
“At the lunchtime meet-up, I got to know a couple of our Board members better. For instance, Carolyn Small Alper and I discussed her artistic and design practice; Scott Spector shared his insight on local neighborhoods and DC’s changing landscape. I really appreciated how both asked me about my experience of the Phillips and my contributions to the museum. In the comfort of our Tryst at the Phillips café, I stayed right up until the end and enjoyed learning more about our museum’s governing body. And so did many of my colleagues.”
Museum Assistant Ianthe Gergel (known as “E”) has been creating an illustration for the Tryst Café staff every week during the van Gogh exhibition as a way of saying thanks for the free weekend coffee they’ve offered staff members dealing with the crowds of visitors. And the rest of us get the benefit of these charmers, taped to the cash register, every time we stop in the cafe for a treat.