It seems to be the case that nearly everyone appreciates the arts on some level. Unfortunately, not everyone finds themselves in a position to support the arts to the extent that is often necessary. That’s why it may seem as though Baryn Futa may be attempting to pick up that slack. He wants more people to actively appreciate the arts and artists and he is trying to take on as much of the responsibility for cultivating that appreciation as he can.
Baryn Futa sees the arts as a cause that benefits all of society because art is how each generation speaks to subsequent generation. Yes, art is a profitable and useful investment, but it’s a lot more than that. Because the arts are a necessary and defining element of any culture and important enough to preserve for future generations. The art of the past puts us in touch with our ancestors in a way that nothing else can. Baryn believes that we owe it to our descendants to preserve as much of that as possible for the future. That makes art and art museums extremely important.
Baryn Futa’s deep appreciation for the arts came rather late in life. It wasn’t until he retired and began working with the Denver Art Museum that he began to appreciate the importance of the arts and no one was more surprised than he by that revelation. He used his time at the DAM to cultivate his love of the arts and art history by attending art fairs and museum exhibitions and anything else he could find. He also started his own art collection, which has grown very extensive and impressive over the years. He now holds memberships in many prominent art museums with impressive collections of their own and loans pieces from his own collection to museums. It all serves to promote art appreciation.