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Cleary plans to re-open Arthur Secunda Museum to the public – volunteers needed

Did you know that Cleary University is home to the largest public display of art in Livingston County – The Arthur Secunda Museum? 

Arthur Secunda was an internationally renowned artist whose art career began in Detroit in the 1940s. He was known for his brilliant collages, striking graphics and iconic landscapes of the late 1970s and 1980s, which incorporate a specific kind of color gradation and blending of forms.

Sadly, Arthur Secunda passed away in August. He leaves a legacy of more than eight decades of fine art, all beautifully displayed here on the Cleary campus in Howell. In his memory and as a way to re-introduce the community to the wonderful resource we have in our own backyard, Cleary is hoping to recruit a group of volunteers to serve as docents to the museum. 

Volunteers will attend a special training session with Arthur’s son, David, this fall.

“Our goal is to have members of our community, staff and students trained docents who will conduct tours of the museum when groups and individuals request tours,” says Brett Rogers, director of Marketing at Cleary.

You do not need an art background to conduct tours. Docents would be asked to conduct four to six tours a year on a rotational basis.

The training will consist of an afternoon zoom discussion with Arthur’s son, David Secunda. He will teach about his father, the techniques he used, and which pieces to highlight during the tour. Lunch will be provided to those interested in completing the training session. Upon completion of the session, a script will be written, and a few mock tours will be scheduled with the docents so they may practice and perfect their tour presentation.

Date and time for the training session will be subject to volunteers availability and will most likely be scheduled in early December.

If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities for the Arthur Secunda Museum, please submit an online application at: https://www.cleary.edu/volunteer-at-the-secunda-museum.