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January Docent of the Month: Ric Goodman




When one of the Museum’s educators told Ric Goodman that he would be the Museum’s Docent of the Month for January, his response was “Are you sure about this?” It’s that humble mentality that is so prominent in the Cummer’s Docent Corps. These individuals selflessly give to the Museum and we are so grateful for that.

So- in Ric’s own words, here is a little about himself:

“I found that once I became semi-retired I wanted to get active with some sort of professional organization as a volunteer. I was approached by a friend and docent and invited to attend a meeting. I was immediately impressed with the other docents and vibrant education staff. That was a little over 2 years ago and I currently participate weekly in giving school tours to kids from Kindergarten to 5th grade. The best part of this volunteer involvement is seeing the interest and excitement the kids have when they enter the Cummer. But, also being able to listen and learn all about art and the collection we have here in Riverside is so rewarding. And such a pleasure to keep learning things that you did not appreciate as a younger person. Aside from the time at the museum, I enjoy traveling in the US and Europe and spending time trying to keep up with a very busy eight year old granddaughter.”

If you see Ric around the campus, please give him a smile or a high five and thank him for his dedication to education at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens!

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