Museum Mingling: Keeping Staff Connected

Brooke Rosenblatt, foreground, talks with Scott S and other colleagues over lunch in the cafe this past Monday. Photo: Sue Nichols

Phillips employee Brooke Rosenblatt, foreground, and colleagues talk with trustee Scott Spector over lunch in the café this past Monday. Photo: Sue Nichols

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.”

Farewell to Our Friend, Caroline Macomber

It is as though I can hear Caroline Macomber’s inimitable greeting: “Hello there!” Her dear friend, Louisa Duemling, captured Caroline’s voice, her strength, her elegance, and intelligence so accurately—pitch perfect—at the funeral on February 1.  Caroline’s sudden death is a terrible blow felt deeply by her fellow trustees and the Phillips staff that came to know and admire her profoundly over years. She continues to inspire us to move beyond sadness to work with passion and vigor for this institution she so well loved.

Dorothy Kosinski, Director

Caroline Macomber and I deep in conversation about a David Smith sculpture together at last year's Art & Innovation Summit. Photo: James R. Brantley