Volunteer Enrichment Committee

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For the most up-to-date information about the Volunteer Enrichment Committee (VEC) Programming, check the Volunteer Lounge VEC bulletin board located in the Staff and Volunteer Lounge.


Volunteer Enrichment Committee Events

The Volunteer Enrichment Committee (VEC) exists to enrich the volunteer experience by providing events that educate, complement volunteer training, maintain morale, and promote community within the Museum's volunteer program. The committee is made up of volunteers who work cooperatively with staff members to plan events for Museum volunteers. Information about VEC events can be found in the Staff and Volunteer Lounge and on the Volunteer Portal.

PLEASE NOTE: Volunteer Enrichment Committee events (lectures, tours, field trips, etc.) are limited to DMNS volunteers only. Due to the very limited space available, we cannot open them to spouses or other family members.

All field trips require a Field Trip Waiver Form be completed before the date of the trip. Signup sheets for VEC events and waiver forms (specific for each trip), are found in the notebook in the Staff & Volunteer Lounge. Sign-ups are typically posted about a month prior to the event. Below are the dates and times (some tentative) for upcoming events. Please check the bulletin board in the Staff and Volunteer Lounge for updates and sign-up in the notebooks under the VEC announcements. 
Sign-ups sheets will be in the notebook in the Staff and Volunteer Lounge in the month prior to the event. 


Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Kris Haglund and Liz Clancy: Museum for a New Century: 1910-1935 
2-3:30 p.m. 
DMNS Volunteer Conference Room

Learn the history of Denver Museum of Nature and Science as Museum archivists Kris Haglund and Liz Clancy discuss the "Figgins Years." In 1910, Jesse Figgins became the first full-time director of the Museum, which was then called Colorado Museum of Natural History. During his tenure over the next quarter century, the Museum acquired a national reputation for its exhibits, but Figgins would become most well-known for his contribution to understanding ancient human history. The discovery of the Folsom point extended the antiquity of humans in North America by thousands of years. 


Thursday, June 6, 2019
History and Tour of the Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art 
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 
1201 Bannock Street, Denver, CO 80204

Vance Kirkland (1904-1981) was a legendary painter and art educator based in Denver. Kirkland created more than 1,200 paintings in his lifetime, including masterworks in five periods: Designed Realism, Surrealism, Hard Edge Abstraction, Abstract Expressionism, and Dot Paintings. In November of 2016, the 150 ton brick building that had been his studio and school made a historic move west on 13th Street to become part of the new Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art, which had its grand opening in March of 2018.

Join other DMNS volunteers on a guided tour of this phenomenal new museum. We will not only visit Kirkland's restored studio and see a large example of his work, but we will also view a vast collection of Colorado and international decorative art.

Note: This visit will be limited to the first 25 volunteers who sign up in the Volunteer Lounge.

Meet in the lobby of the Kirkland just before the 11:30 a.m. start time. The Kirkland is located a block west of the Hamilton Wing of the Denver Art Museum. 


Other Volunteer Enrichment offerings this year will likely include a summer trip to the Broncos Stadium, the ever-popular "Secrets of the Dioramas" tour in the fall, and a tour of the Byers-Evans house in December. Flyers will be posted on the board in the Staff and Volunteer Lounge about a month prior to each event.