The Museum is privileged to include several Friends Groups among its most dedicated supporters. These groups come together to increase public interest in Museum initiatives through a variety of programs and events, and provide a unique opportunity for audiences of various ages and backgrounds to take an active role in its future.
The Friends of the Alfred Stieglitz Center of the Philadelphia Museum of Art brings together collectors, artists, curators, and other enthusiasts of photography. The Friends will enjoy a dynamic slate of programs, including access to private collections, artists, and curators; exclusive lectures, gallery talks, and receptions; and a variety of educational programs that will showcase the Museum’s collections and study spaces.
Collab is a collaboration of design professionals supporting the modern and contemporary design collections at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. A volunteer committee founded in 1970, Collab is dedicated to enriching the Museum’s collections with outstanding examples of mass-produced and unique designs, and to making the collections accessible to the general public, students, and the design community. Now among the most important in the country, the design collections of more than 2,000 objects range from appliances and furniture to ceramics, glass, posters, wallpapers, and lighting.
The Women’s Committee was founded in 1883 by Elizabeth Duane Gillespie, a great-granddaughter of Benjamin Franklin. Mrs. Gillespie was a notable Philadelphian in her own right who organized many philanthropic endeavors including the Women’s Pavilion at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition. The present Women’s Committee continues that tradition of community service as an independently chartered volunteer organization dedicated to supporting the Museum.
The Young Friends is a vibrant group of art enthusiasts, committed to supporting the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Members enjoy a diverse schedule of programs including, engaging social events, educational lectures and tours, art-inspired excursions, and enrichment activities especially designed for those ages 21 to 45.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art introduces its newest affinity group – Techné, Ambassadors for International Craft. Building on the Museum’s rich tradition of acquiring and promoting craft, Techné offers collectors and enthusiasts an array of specialized programs and activities throughout the year that will inspire members through stimulating dialogue, the exchange of ideas, and shared experiences.
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