Marva Nathan, New England

About Marva

After my retirement from the federal government, I realized my health care background could be added to a longstanding interest in art museums as public spaces for education, leisure, and well-being. The Museum of Fine Arts Boston (MFA) had been a place of anonymous refuge for me during the intensity of graduate school. So, in 2014, I became a volunteer art guide to learn art history, to give adult tours, and to promote broad conversation about the value of art objects in our world today. Now, I am participating in a general post-pandemic re-engagement with museum visitors. I have served as Secretary for the Executive Board of the Associates, the museum's largest and oldest volunteer organization. Recently, I co-chaired the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility Working Group for the Associates' new strategic plan, effective 2023. I am a member of the MFA Board of Advisors and I serve on the Board’s Steering Committee. I live in Boston and I have three adult children, two of whom live locally. My oldest son lives in St. Petersburg, Florida. I am fortunate to have six grandchildren.

My Connection to the NDSC

I learned about NDSC during my first year of art guide training in 2014, however, I did not attend my first Symposium until Kansas City in 2022. From observations and conversations, I believe the Council is a place where information and support can be found not only when conflicts need attention, but it is also a place for celebration when new perspectives are realized. I intend to hold onto the enthusiasm, commitment and curiosity that I found at the Symposium in order to share it with those who may be disheartened by an unsettled and changing museum environment. I look forward to building this community.  


Additional Info

  • Docent Since: 2014
  • Elected: 2022
  • Museum Name: MFA, Boston
  • Museum Photo: Museum Photo

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