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A Nebraska native, Todd Bruce jokes that he never thought he'd ever live in South Bend, Indiana, or ever root for Notre Dame. "We always rooted against Notre Dame." Yet, today, he is one of South Bend's biggest fans.
He came to Indiana via Anderson College and moved to South Bend in 1998 due to the career of his first wife. Todd, is the regional manager for commercial banking at Lake City Bank, where he has worked for 20 years.
Notre Dame. South Bend. It didn't take Todd long to champion both. "What a great place South Bend is," he says. "When you work downtown, you get a nice vibe. There are a lot of positive things going on . . . the restaurant scene, the arts scene."
Indeed, many of the positive aspects of South Bend can be attributed to the arts.
"I may not wake up every day thinking about the arts, but as a banker, I wake up every day thinking about the economic vitality of our community," he says. "I see the importance of retaining a talented workforce, and one of the primary elements of that is having a great cultural experience in the community. And we do have a great cultural base -- the symphony, theater, the arts, to which the Snite Museum is so vital."
Todd says he was first aware of the Snite Museum through the annual Holiday Event. "It's the best holiday event in town. Everybody is at that event."
He says he knew several people on the board of The Friends of the Snite Museum, and when he was asked to join in 2015, he didn't hesitate -- "It was definitely a yes."
Todd admits that he is no art aficiando. "Well, I was kind of an artist as a little kid. I won some awards," he laughs. Coming from a musical family, his artistic side went toward music. He has played the bass guitar at Granger Community Church and also with a local band.
His outlet for the fine arts has become the Snite Museum, where, as a Friends board member, he can direct his energies and experiences. "The Snite has always been called a hidden jewel, and with plans in place for the Raclin-Murphy Museum of Art to come on-line, it is an exciting time to be on the board, and ensure these resources are central to supporting the arts in our community, and in our region," he says. "The Snite has a great management team in place, and they’re finding innovative ways to bring people into the museum."
Becky Emmons, Friends Board of Directors