BreakfastTable with Fanna Gebreyesus
ArtTable members were joined by Fanna Gebreyesus, a curatorial associate at Glenstone, for an informal breakfast. After her time at school at University of Maryland College Park, she had a variety of internships at institutions ranging from National Geographic to the Phillips Collection. She came onboard with a publications focus at Glenstone but now wears many hats within the small team, including overseeing publications and planning exhibitions and installations.
Fanna spoke about the new direction of the museum, including its active docent program and new pilot fellowship program for emerging professionals. This focus on exposing new members of the arts community to various departments goes in tandem with expanded mentoring programs. In addition, Glenstone has a strong commitment to community engagement at many levels. Every local middle and high school in the district has made at least one trip to the museum, and Glenstone greatly values the engagement with their neighbors.
Glenstone is a unique museum in many ways - they are endowed by a foundation, have no development office and do not exhibit works from other collections. Despite this, the museum has a strong emphasis on data exchange and is involved in openly sharing theirs between institutions. The museum owners are very involved, and provide constant contact, direction and collaboration. Fanna summed up their incredible expansion by saying that they keep changing - and that they can.