When Simone McDowell, 33, moved to Charlotte from Baltimore five years ago, she was determined to plug into Charlottes arts and culture scene. McDowell was introduced to the Mint Museum through the Young Affiliates of the Mint and was struck by the warm welcome and opportunities to get involved. She is an Event Board member and co-chaired the Mints Black and White Gala, which raised more than $20,000 for the museums annual fund.
Making connections: Its great when people share a common appreciation for art and how it reflects on our community. Whether I have the opportunity to be with friends on gallery crawls in South End or NoDa or at the museum, the interaction with others and the social aspects of appreciating art are an added benefit.
Inspiration: It is so inspiring for me to be exposed to challenging and creative work. I cant help but feel energized and use others creative work to influence how I think about and approach my own work.
Collaboration: Having the opportunity to collaborate on a huge event like the Black and White Gala is satisfying in many different ways. Successfully reaching our fundraising goals is just part of it. Seeing people pull together and take shared responsibility outside the workplace is special.