My name is Amanda Fruta, and I’m a Museum Person.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m the smiley Admissions and Membership Coordinator at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles. I think art education and public art outreach can change the world, but I get distracted by my passionate mission in life when I get stuck in pile sales at vintage stores or gazing into a kitten’s eyes. I recently rediscovered my love for printmaking after dabbling in a strange collage-assemblage hybrid. In public high school, I had to choose between art and music, so I became a jazz singer for a few years. Since, I’ve returned to my first love – visual art and communication. I’m a commuter and a moonlighter (freelance personal shopping blogger).
Why do museums matter to you?
They allow lights to go on in people’s minds when they are vulnerable to open mindedness. Experiencing art in a collective space offers a special opportunity for discourse of the most important social questions. Most of all, they connect people.
What is your favorite museum memory?
It’s a tie.
1) The rushing moment of realization that I’d been at Barnsdall Art Park before. On my first day of work at age 21, I flashed back to hammering a leather bracelet on the grassy knoll of Olive Hill at the Barnsdall Art Park art festival at age five.
2) Crying at the Guggenheim, NY upon experience the full scale, grandeur, and downright divinity of Kandinsky’s Compositions.
What museum would you love to visit?
What is your dream museum job?
Used to be Head Curator (surprise, surprise), now something like a Public Exhibitions Designer or Traveling Art Critic.
When you think of the perfect exhibit, what is in it?
Something that inspires a profound revelation on a personal level that connects dots I didn’t know could be connected. A wonderfully structured story is always appreciated.
What is the most random item you have bought from a museum gift shop?
A holographic deck of cat cards.
You may have heard of the Month at the Museum contest recently held at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. What museum would you move into for a month if you could?
Not exactly a museum, but the Gaudi Casa Batllo would be a dream come true.
Thanks to Amanda for sharing her experiences. If you’re interested in participating in the “I’m A Museum Person” series, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll get your story up on the site.