The high arts are not for everybody. Even art supporter Baryn Futa knows this. However, a world without arts becomes devoid of a beauty and magic like no other. Imagine a society without the pristine paintings of Monet and Degas or harmonic symphonies of centuries past. A cultural world without museums or dance companies. Not simply classrooms that no longer teach finger painting and yarn art, but the classics stripped from our society — from fashion to art. History would change, not simply modern life. Baryn Futa recognizes this and supports arts and museums through community changes and fiscal support, encouraging the same from others. It’s change that is necessary from the community’s underbelly rather than government alone, and he knows and leads the charge that can keep arts alive.
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While nearly everyone appreciates the arts on some level, not everyone is in a position to support the arts to the extent that is needed, which is why Baryn Futa is trying to pick up the slack and take on as much of the responsibility that he can. While he sees the arts as a great cause that benefits all of society, he also sees it as a profitable and useful investment. Baryn Futa feels the arts serves as a defining part of any culture; a touchstone to preserve a society for the ages. That makes them important enough to leave them to our descendents.
From Baryn Futa’s persepective, 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 of that as possible for the future. That makes art and art museums extremely important. Although Baryn Futa didn’t always have such a deep appreciation for the arts – he really didn’t understand art until he retired and began working with the Denver Art Museum – he is making up for lost time.
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 attended numerous arts classes and started his own art collection, which has grown to be very extensive and impressive. Now, Baryn Futa 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. He also routinely loans pieces from his own collection to museums because he wants more people to appreciate the arts as much as he does.
What is the value of humanity? Can humanity’s value be calculated? Often times, we can see this value dictated by the representation of humanity seen in high art. This kind of art is designed to reflect humanity at its best and most poetic. It is often created by artists that have been funded in order to remove any obstacles that might arise from needing financial assistance in order to complete their visions. Without the impediment of living expenses an artist can feel free to work diligently to bring their ideas and dreams to fruition. Thus, with financial support, an artist can truly create high art.
Baryn Futa is a lover of art, especially high art. He looks for ways to both receive as well as support high art whenever he can. He also strives to always share the works that he has found as they have brought him great feelings and he hopes that others may find their own experiences through art as well. When traveling Baryn Futa often will work to find examples of high art that represents the humanity of that particular area and then shares that with those back home. True artistic genius is rare, but the ability to capture humanity at its core does not always take genius, it often simply takes courage and dedication to take a project from vision to completion.