The Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art’s mission is to provide arts education, create unique experiences, and to promote emerging artists. But we don’t do it alone. AKMA members and volunteers are part of a vibrant community of people who recognize the importance of a community-centered arts organization in our lives.
This month, we are recognizing the AKMA members and volunteers who have stepped up to go further…to be part of a vibrant community of people who recognize the importance of a community-centered arts organization in our lives.
Meet Leila Hicks
How long have you been involved at the museum?
I’ve probably been involved more or less since the museum was started. My mother and Dave Morton were responsible for the transition from Hax Art Center to Albrecht.
Why did you initially get involved with the Board of Directors?
I got involved because of my mother. I was a volunteer waitress for the luncheons, as was my sister Shirley, and other friends. I was a docent, I worked to get acquisitions for about a zillion Pot of Gold Art Auctions. I also painted decorations and backdrops, and was a co-chairman for either one or two of the fundraisers.
I also made items to sell at the Sugarplum Festival for several years – and brought food whenever asked!
What is a favorite memory you have here?
I have a lot of them…but the 50th anniversary party was special fun!!
Who has made the most impact on you at the AKMA?
I have to give a shout out to Eric Fuson.
Any words of wisdom about your time on the board?
It’s fun to be involved again. I really haven’t done much since [my husband] died, and this is a great way to reconnect with the community.
Thank you, Leila!
Leila Hicks is a retired community member and arts enthusiast in St. Joseph and current AKMA Board of Directors member. You can see her strolling around town, taking classes at Missouri Western, or in many community organizations.
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AKMA members and volunteers are teachers, students, parents, business owners, artists, non-artists, entrepreneurs, employees, builders, adventurers, and –most importantly–supporters of our mission to educate the public, provide access to unique and meaningful experiences, and nurture emerging artists. Go further with us by becoming a member. If you’re already a member, consider going further to the next membership level.