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We couldn't do it without them | Eiteljorg volunteers to be recognized tonight

by Eiteljorg director of museum collections Amy McKune, festivals and markets manager Jaq Nigg and vice president of development Susie Maxwell | Apr 09, 2014

In honor of National Volunteer Recognition Week, the Eiteljorg is recognizing our volunteers with a wonderful dinner tonight. Tonight's private event will focus on the impact and power of volunteerism as an integral aspect of their civic involvement. Two very special Eiteljorg Museum family members will receive special recognition tonight. They are Claire Quimby and Rosie Steinmetz.

Claire Quimby racked up the most hours as an Eiteljorg intern for 2013 at a whopping 496.5 hours.  As festivals and markets intern, Claire assisted with the planning of the 2013 Indian Market & Festival. She sharpened her communication skills talking with artists and vendors on the phone, her research and writing skills creating blog posts, and her crafting skills laminating all of the paper.   In the fall, Claire was awarded a Clowes Fellowship by the Indiana University Purdue University Museum Studies Program.  As the Clowes Fellow, Claire has become an integral member of the Eiteljorg’s collections department, helping with such essential skills as creating customized storage mounts and boxes for Hopi Katsina carvings and Inuit stone and ivory carvings; downloading environmental data to help monitor the museum’s temperature and humidity; and unpacking and repacking art loaned to the Eiteljorg for the Quest for the West™ exhibition and the 2013 Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship.

Rosie Steinmetz is the top Eiteljorg volunteer with 282.25 hrs for 2013.

Rosie Steinmetz, “volunteer extraordinaire,” plays such a vital role for the development team.  Although she started volunteering for the museum in 2009, she really hit her stride in 2012 when she became a permanent volunteer for the development team.  Rosie does anything and everything we ask her to do …. with a smile!  She helps with preparations for special events, does research for the department, works on membership renewals, fulfills donation requests for outside organizations (and we get an average of 5 requests each day!), serves on the Eagle Committee and the Gala Committee and is a prize sponsor for Quest for the West and Indian Market and Festival.  She is very involved outside the museum, so we are most pleased and happy that she has chosen the Eiteljorg as one of her priorities. 

Congratulations Claire, Rosie and all the many volunteers who help make the Eiteljorg one of the most special places to be in downtown Indianapolis.



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