Boca Raton resident Raquel Sudit loves two things: art, and sharing her knowledge with others. This is true of all the members of the Boca Raton Museum of Art’s docent program, but Raquel has a special knack for connecting with guests during her gallery tours and creating moments she calls “magic.” She is a wonderful example of someone whose spirit and creativity in teaching and sharing for passion are inspirational.
The Museum hosted more than 210 school tours last year, welcoming nearly 4,800 students into the galleries. Docents work with students to develop their visual literacy and critical thinking during a tour, and Raquel – who has been a docent since 2006 – delights in the sometimes unexpected answers she hears, like when students debate whether the circular part of Adolph Gottlieb’s Drift painting is a meteor or a meatball. “It’s marvelous how imaginative they are!” she says.
Raquel takes an imaginative approach to the tours herself – she’ll often spin students in circles to demonstrate the optical illusion-like qualities of Richard Anuskiewicz’ work, or ask them to move from side to side to watch the colors in Carlos Cruz-Diez’ Physichrome 571 seemingly disappear and reappear. “By doing these things, the museum becomes a place where you can have fun while you learn. That’s what I love,” she says.
Adding a little magic to a tour is not Raquel’s only specialty – she also conducts a scheduled tour in Spanish once a month, and will speak Español with guests upon request or when she sees they might be more comfortable speaking Spanish. She’s observed that many people come to take the Spanish tour not because it is their native language, but because they are learning to speak Spanish more conversationally.