Boston, MA — October 21st, 2014
Design Museum Boston is grateful for the fleet of volunteers who have helped at events, in exhibition spaces, and at workshops throughout the years! Our volunteers come from all walks of life and bring an extra bit of enthusiasm and expertise that is irreplaceable! We want to share with you their wisdom and their experiences volunteering with us!
This month we are highlighting Tobias Froehlich, a Design Museum Boston member and super-volunteer! Tobias has volunteered at various events and served as an exhibition docent at Better Business by Design in the Boston Design Center. See what he has to say about his experience volunteering with us!
DMB: How did you start getting involved with Design Museum Boston? Can you explain your experience volunteering?
Tobias: I became a member of the Design Museum last June when I moved to Boston and I have been to quite a few events. Recently due to a career change I was able to volunteer because I have more time on my hands. When I was a volunteer docent at the Better Business by Design exhibit at the Boston Design Center, I had a really fun time being a spokesperson for the museum! Sometimes I would be the only Design Museum Boston person in the space when guests were visiting. In this position my performance had a lot to do with the way people view the museum– it’s a high responsibility load, but I thrive on that!
DMB: Can you share an interesting/memorable anecdote during one of your volunteering experiences?
Tobias: Probably the best experience was at Design Museum Mornings with Jeff Lahens at the co-working space, Oficio on Newbury Street. Myself, one other volunteer, and DMB staff-person Cory DePasquale dressed up in donated menswear clothing provided by Ball and Buck. We got to model their signature clothing while Jeff was presenting his rules for men’s fashion!
DMB: What’s the best thing about volunteering with DMB? What have you gained?
Tobias: The best thing is getting to meet new people. Being a volunteer is different from attending an event. As a volunteer, I’m more likely to meet people who are perhaps more influential in the scene and are either speaking at the event, organizing the event, or sponsoring. It also gives me a pretense to talk to those types of people.
DMB: What’s something you would say to someone who’s considering volunteering with DMB?
Tobias: Personally, I am a do-er, I like to do things, so it’s fun to be at an event, checking people in or making sure that stuff runs smoothly. Volunteers have a significant contribution to Design Museum Boston exhibitions & events — this is something that drew me in.
If you are into design, it’s a great way to give back to the community. The little that you give, will pay dividends in the end. You are either going to meet people, or form better relationships with the staff at the museum. If you are at all interested in design, you definitely should do it! I would say, “Just do it!”