Sharing her love for museums with her daughter

A Drink With Sandy Bellamy

November 27, 2005

Sandy Bellamy is the executive director of Baltimore's Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, which opened in June. A former attorney for the Smithsonian Institution, she lives in the Washington area with her husband and 7-year-old daughter, Lauren. We met with her at Timothy Dean Bistro.

How's it going now?

Things are still pretty hectic. Prior to opening the museum we had 12- to 14-hour days. I thought, after opening, those days would be shorter. But it's still 12- to 14-hour days.

How does your daughter deal with that?

Lauren grew up in museums. Her first school was at the Smithsonian. So, she knows museums. She's our first junior docent. She's always coming to me with ideas about what kids like at the museum.

What has she advised?

More art. There needs to be art in the museum.

So what do you guys do on the weekends?

Usually, Lauren and I hang out at D.C.'s Eastern Market on Capitol Hill. We walk. We swim. We go to museums.

Don't you get "museumed out?"

No. Never. Never. I grew up in Washington, and museums are like a second school there.

Are you one of those people with a life plan?

I live and breathe lists. But lists work. If you consider your goal, which requires taking the time and thinking about it, then chart out what it takes to get there, you'll achieve it.

What about personal goals?

I want to establish the Bellamy Collection of art that documents world culture. And then give it to a museum!

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