At Work With Nfocus: Susan Edwards, Frist Art Museum

Now that you are back at work, where are we most likely to find you? I am looking forward to being on the front lines to welcome members and visitors back to the Frist Art Museum. My schedule will pull me away for Zoom meetings and administrative work from time to time, but I hope to see visitors as much as possible.

What are you most excited for people to see after you reopen? After much negotiating and the goodwill of individuals and institutions around the world, we have been able to extend the exhibitions that were open the day we closed in March. Social distancing may make a museum visit different — not worse, just different.

What is your business doing to continue serving customers? The Frist Art Museum is a public amenity and cultural offering that exists to serve this community and all who visit. Safety is on everyone’s mind. Requirements for visiting and answers to frequently asked questions can be found on our website. Our reopening plan has been vetted by the Metro Health Department, and inspectors made a site visit to ensure that the proposed experience matched the plan. We received their imprimatur.

What's one thing you wish everyone knew about your business? Foremost in our thinking is the importance of the arts and culture. Investing in the arts is the cheapest money one can spend for addressing social ills, giving voice to the disenfranchised, breaking down the barriers of ignorance, misunderstanding, xenophobia, racism, sexism or any other form of discrimination. The arts comfort, heal, instruct, inspire, empower, bring us together and, sometimes, disrupt the status quo. Museums offer opportunities to have conversations about injustice and the pain of alienation and to find creative ways to solve the problems we face. Our social, environmental, economic and health (mental and physical) are interconnected. We are all in this together.

What restaurant have you missed the most? The Frist Café — the potato chips