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Docent Highlight: Carolyn Cooper



IMG_1032Carolyn Cooper is one of our dedicated Docents here at the Museum. Although she is a retired teacher, she couldn’t stay away from education for long. We are so thankful that she picked the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens to dedicate her free time to.

CUMMER MUSEUM: Tell us a little about yourself.

CAROLYN COOPER: I recently retired from teaching middle and high school science for 30 years.  My husband George and I have a historic home in Riverside which we spent many hours renovating.

CM: Why did you want to be a docent and how long have you been with the Museum?

CC: I heard about the program and decided it would be a great transition from teaching.  I had not taken the time to learn about art but always enjoyed observing it. I have been a docent for only a year but have really enjoyed it.

CM: What is your favorite part of this job?

CC: I really enjoy the art and I have learned to look for beauty in the world.  I also like showing other people the beauty of the Cummer.

CM: What is your favorite thing to do when you aren’t generously donating your time to the Museum?

CC: My husband and I like to hike, bike and canoe!

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