It wasn’t until he retired and began working with the Denver Art Museum that Baryn Futa began to appreciate the importance of the arts and no one was more surprised than he was by his deep attraction to the art world. He cultivated his love of the arts by attending art fairs and museum exhibitions and anything else he could find. He also attended numerous arts classes and started his own art collection, which has grown to be very extensive and impressive. While most agree that art appreciation is a key element of every human society and that art should be supported, it is too often taken for granted and not appreciated as a priority.
It is that knowledge that drives Baryn Futa’s work in support of the fine arts as both a benefactor and lover of fine art. He wants brilliant artists to be appreciated enough to thrive, so he spends a lot of time and money doing as much as possible to rectify that situation. Baryn Futa believes that the arts are a necessary and defining element of any culture; 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 and we owe it to our descendants to preserve as much art as possible for the future. That makes art and art museums extremely important. Baryn Futa now holds memberships in a great number of prominent art museums with impressive collections of their own, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim, and The Jewish Museum. As often as he can, Baryn loans pieces from his own collection to museums because he wants more people to appreciate the arts the way he does.