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Barbara Gunnin and Meadows Museum

“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with senses, reason, and intellect has intended us to forego their use.” —Galileo Galilei

The Meadows Museum at SMU is almost in our backyard. A number of Royal Laners work, study and volunteer there. Barbara Gunnin is one of them. Barbara is a docent at the museum and has been a member at Royal Lane for 32 years. She facilitates 3 programs that are unique and diverse.

Connections is a program that targets people with Alzheimer’s and their spouses. Barbara is their guide as they visit, look at the art and do any activity which encourages conversation and interaction.

Focused Looking is a class for UTSW Medical School students. Its purpose is to help participants slow down to develop and refine their analytical interpretative and communication skills. She shares the responsibility of teaching the class.

Finally, when someone with a vision impairment wishes support to enhance their visit, Barbara often is their guide. Go to https://meadowsmuseumdallas.org/visit-us/accessibility/ to learn more about this program that allows individuals to experience the museum using the five senses to make paintings come to life.

Barbara says this work is important to her because both health and education (which includes art education) are important social issues for her. She believes this is one of the ways she can support this work.

If you are interested in volunteering at the museum, contact them at https://meadowsmuseumdallas.org/and click on volunteers. Or of course you talk to Barbara.

Posted by Karen Miller