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Scott Pollock, executive director of the Minnesota Marine Art Museum, recently shared the personal and professional aspects of his life on Winona Daily News’ Get to Know series.

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Q: What made you want to take up your current position?

A: “I think I’ve always been drawn to museums. Well, I shouldn’t say that I always felt a bit like an outsider in museums, I never really felt welcome when I was a kid. I knew what museums were, but I didn’t understand why we would be there. So I’m really drawn to – (which) really makes me want to work in my current position, it’s bringing in new people, everyone has their place. I am truly determined to make this happen. So I’m excited. I’m always looking for ways to make museums much more accessible. And, again, everyone has a reason to be there.

Q: What is your favorite part of your job?

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A: “It’s just looking back, I think, at the galleries and seeing all kinds of different people visiting them, rather than just the ones you might expect. I love coming on a Saturday, for example, and seeing the children who may have grown up in the neighborhood drop by the museum to see what’s going on there. I bang like hardcore punks, bang people who already know a lot about art, bang patrons. I just like seeing all kinds of people in the gallery exploring art, engaging with it.

Q: What are your goals for the future?

A: “I would say that professionally, I would like to amplify the history of the Minnesota Art Marine Museum. I think we have so much potential here to tell the world what we do and how we do it. It is a truly unique place. So professionally, I would put that on my list. Personally, I want to keep learning, as if I’m hungry to keep watching how other organizations, museums, cities, cultures do the work they do. So, I guess, maybe personally, it’s just a globetrotter around the world. Both for me and for my family to continue learning and growing.

Q: What are you most grateful for in life?

A: “It’s quite simple. I must say that I am grateful to people who are always ready to share something new with me and share their story. I’m just kind of an avid lifelong learner and I always take something away from a conversation. So anyone who wants to sit down and have a coffee, tea, share ideas, stories. It’s kind of what I’m most grateful for in life.

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