In order to remain viable and relevant during these critical economic times, these institutions need the collective support of all of us with an interest in African American art. As 2012 comes to a close, this is a great time to renew annual memberships or even consider an upgrade to the next level, perhaps giving a membership as a gift to a friend or relative, or even giving an outright gift to an institution.
The Harvey B. Gantt Center
for African-American Arts + Culture
The Harvey B. Gantt Center has five different membership levels that include unlimited free admission, private exhibition previews, discounts in the museum store, and the like. Also, there is a Gantt Center newsletter.
Membership is just one way to become involved as an active supporter of the Center. Membership levels begin with Senior Citizen/Student ($35.00) through Benefactor ($500.00). Other opportunities of becoming involved with the Gantt Center is through its Center Society, as a Collectors Circle ($1,000) or Founders Circle ($2,000) member; and becoming a Volunteer Ambassador.
As is the case for any of the museums in this post, one can simply make an outright contribution to support the museum's endeavors.
The Museum has six distinct membership levels, ranging from Seniors and Students ($25.00) to Annual Sustainer ($1,000) with each level including the benefits of all lower levels. The DuSable has a volunteer program in which individuals contribute services that directly benefit the mission of the museum, for which there is no financial compensation. Also, there are more ways of giving: Memorial Giving, Endowment Fund, and Challenge Campaign. SEE GIVE.
College Park, Maryland
The David C. Driskell Center...University of Maryland
African American Museum Dallas
Los Angeles, California
California African American Museum
There is an Annual Gala sponsored by the Friends, and the Foundation of the California African American Museum. The 2012 Annual Gala, An Artful Evening, was held on Saturday, October 6, 2012. For this seventh annual event CAAM
and Friends presented well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Awards to Academy Award winner, Sidney Poitier, and United States Gracie Fellow for Visual Arts winner, John Outterbridge. See photo highlights of an Artful Evening at CAAM 2012.
The volunteer program at CAAM began in December 1982. "One component of the volunteer program is councils, of which there are four: the Service Council, the Arts Council, the History Council, and the Docent Council."
The Studio Museum in Harlem
|Photo: Julie Skarratt|
African American Museum in Philadelphia
Northwest African American Museum (NAAM)