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 are a vibrant group of young adults committed to promoting the arts in the greater Philadelphia area. Through a broad range of special events and educational activities organized around the Museum’s world-famous collections, the Young Friends provide a forum for increased appreciation of the arts. Funds raised through the efforts of this dynamic and committed group are used primarily to support art acquisitions, as well as conservation and preservation of works in the collections, and educational and outreach programming.
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