Volunteer Spotlight: Michael D. Farley

In this series, Education Department Coordinator Emily Bray profiles volunteers within the museum. The Phillips Collection volunteers are an integral part of the museum and help in many ways: greeting and guiding guests through the museum, helping with Sunday Concert, assisting patrons in the Library, helping out with Phillips after 5 and special events, and so much more. Our volunteers offer a wealth of expertise and experience to the museum, and we are delighted to highlight several them.

Michael D. Farley, Art Information Volunteer Mentor/Phillips after 5 Volunteer

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Michael D. Farley

What year did you start volunteering at The Phillips Collection?
2013

What do you see as the most valuable aspect of your volunteering?
Supporting the Phillips, working with staff & guests, learning about the collection.

 What do you do when you are not volunteering at The Phillips Collection?
Chief Development Officer-American Society of International Law

What is your favorite room or painting here?
Jacob Lawrence & Rothko room

If you had to choose one word to describe Phillips, what would it be?
Dynamic

Share a fun fact about you!
My first nonprofit job was as a Development Director of the Portland Art Museum in Portland, OR, in 1986, and there I created the popular “Museum After Hours” program still going strong today, very similar to Phillips After 5.

Is there anything else you would like to share?
Enjoy Thursday evening volunteering and working the Will Call desk

Works from Bosnia and Herzegovina on the Phillips’s Walls

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Installation view of BiH Voices: In Conversation with The Migration Series. All photos: Laura Hoffman

In October 2015, Phillips educators spent two weeks in Bosnia and Herzegovina facilitating workshops with emerging artists, students, and educators using Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series as a catalyst for conversation about the power of collaboration and storytelling through art (see pictures from their visit in earlier blog posts). Last week, we hosted a reception for the artworks resulting from these workshops, which will be on view through March 13.

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Phillips Director Dorothy Kosinski introduces the exhibition

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Installation view of BiH Voices: In Conversation with The Migration Series

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Deputy Assistant Secretary Hoyt Yee, US Department of State

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Installation view of BiH Voices: In Conversation with The Migration Series

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Minister Counselor (DCM) Adnan Hadrović, Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Washington, DC

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(Left to right) Minister Counselor (DCM) Adnan Hadrović, Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Washington, DC; Director Dorothy Kosinski, The Phillips Collection; Deputy Assistant Secretary Hoyt Yee, US Department of State

Dispatches: Inspired Artworks in Mostar

Phillips Educators Rachel Goldberg and Andrea Kim Neighbors are in Bosnia facilitating workshops on Prism.K12 and Jacob Lawrence with students, emerging artists, and teachers.

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Artists, friends, and family gather at an exhibition of work inspired by Jacob Lawrence’s The Migration Series in Mostar.

What a week! We have had a wonderful time here in Mostar working with emerging artists, elementary students, high school students, orphans, and teachers. Last night at our home base in Mostar, OKC Abrašević, we had an exhibition of artwork created during this week’s numerous workshops. Many of the artists we worked with attended, bringing their friends and families. It was great to see so many people view these artworks, expressing personal and community stories inspired by The Migration Series. I can’t help but wonder what Jacob Lawrence would think. Today we leave Mostar and head to Trebinje. More to come!

Andrea Kim Neighbors, Specialist for School, Outreach, and Family Programs