Virtually everyone agrees that art is beautiful and that it serves as a defining element of every human society that should be supported. Unfortunately, Baryn Futa has found that a lot of that art appreciation is lip service and that art is too often taken for granted. It is that level of neglect that drives Baryn Futa’s work, which is largely to increase the level of support of the fine arts. As he sees things, brilliant should be welcomed as very important societal figures and they should not simply scrape by, they should thrive. That is why he spends so much of his time and energy trying to cultivate even greater art appreciation.
While virtually all people appreciate the arts on some level, not everyone is positioned to be able to support the arts to the extent that is needed. Baryn Futa is trying to pick up as much of the slack as he can. He sees the arts as a great cause that benefits all of society, he also sees it as a profitable and useful investment. Strangely, Baryn Futa didn’t always have such a deep appreciation for the arts. He was kind of a latecomer to the art world. It wasn’t until he retired and began working with the Denver Art Museum (DAM) that an appreciation of the arts became apparent to him. It was like he was hit by a clap of thunder, and few were more surprised than he that he developed such a deep attraction to the art world.
Baryn Futa 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 took many arts classes and even established his own art collection, which has grown to be very extensive and impressive. He holds memberships in a great number of prestigious art museums with impressive collections of their own, and he also loans pieces from his own collection to museums when possible because he wants more people to appreciate the arts the way he does. Art is how we communicate with the past and the future, and it is crucial that we understand that.