The Curator's Circle

The Autry’s premier annual recognition society advocates for the museum and its annual cultural programs, whose vision and generosity foster a robust civic and cultural life for the Los Angeles community. The Autry’s Curator’s Circle provides a strong foundation of support for the Autry’s multifaceted art, education, and community programs. Patrons can connect with others who share a passion for the museum and its mission to bring together the stories of all peoples of the American West and serve as a destination to learn and play.

Your membership in the Curator’s Circle makes it possible for the Autry to:

Produce. Educate. Inspire.

Produce bold interdisciplinary exhibitions, K-12 education programs, and our public programs reaching over 200,000 guests annually that explore the diversity and complexity of the American West, its history, and its people.

  • Exhibitions that highlight the region’s cultural history such as Art of the West, Human Nature, Investigating Griffith Park, California Continued and upcoming new exhibits Imagined West and Dress Codes as well as the Autry’s annual Masters of the American West® Art Exhibition & Sale featuring paintings and sculptures by over 60 contemporary, nationally recognized artists.
  • Public Programs including Native Voices at the Autry, What is a Western? Film Series, poetry readings, outdoor music performances with dancing, artist discussions and the Autry’s American Indian Arts Marketplace encompass a year-long calendar of over 200 free or low-cost events.
  • K-12 Education Programs (virtual and on-site) explore history, art, and STEM subject matter providing opportunities for students to develop 21st century skills including critical thinking, deliberation, collaborative group work, decision making and leadership laying the foundation for students to become engaged citizens. The Autry’s education programs reach over 40,000 students and teachers each year from 23 countries and 30 states.

Educate children and families with in-classroom and virtual programs providing an educational museum experience that brings the history and art of The American West to life, while also providing creative solutions for teachers to support teaching, classroom curricula and state standards. Distance Learning Packages are available by grade level and topic. Each package includes lessons plans, worksheets, a pre-recorded guided tour and/or digital tour, or live-facilitated webinar presentation by an Autry educator.

Lesson plans, Education videos and digital tours are standards-based, self-paced, single and multiple-day lessons in English/Spanish free on our website.

Inspire the community by producing and presenting cultural programs including Native Voices productions and play readings as part of a year-round program including the only equity theatre company in the US dedicated to exclusively telling Native stories written by Native people. The Autry’s American Indian Arts Marketplace showcases over 200 native artists from 40 tribes who keep 100% of their sales proceeds reaching over 5,000 people each year as part of a weekend festival

Curator’s Circle Levels and Benefits of Support

Joining the Curator’s Circle is an invitation into a community of the Autry Museum’s most committed supporters. This exclusive group of donors enjoys a variety of opportunities to connect with the museum and its leadership with events throughout the year as well as membership benefits including free museum admission, guest passes and discounts at the museum store and cafe.

Curator Circle Salons & Receptions

Imagined West Music Salon – September 25, 2021
Imagined West in Film Salon & Exhibition Preview – Oct. 9, 2021
Artist Salon with Ed Mell – January 29, 2022
Masters of the American West®
Preview - February 25, 2022
Imagine West/DressCodes
 Artist Salon – April 2022
Imagined Wests
 Exhibition Opening – Spring/Summer 2022
Dress Codes
 Exhibition Opening - Spring/Summer 2022

Events

Resources Center Private Tour - ongoing
Native Voices Short Play Festival - November 13-14, 2021
Masters of the American West® Art Exhibition & Sale – Feb. 2022
Marshall McKay Seminars – April 23-24, 2022
Native Voices 
Short Play Festival - Spring 2022
American Indian Arts Marketplace – June 11-12, 2022
Sizzling Summer Nights - August 2022

$10,000 +

Members of the President’s Circle receive all the benefits of the other levels, including the ability to allocate support to a specific program such as new exhibits including Masters of the American West, Public Programs including American Indian Arts Marketplace and Native Voices, or The Autry’s K-12 Education programs. Other benefits of membership include:

  • Inclusion on the title wall for one new exhibition or the sponsor wall of a public program.

  • 4 passes for Masters of the American West opening weekend.

  • 6 passes for the Autry’s salons, receptions, and events listed above

  • Sponsor recognition including the sponsor wall in the Peggy & Mowry Mays lobby, Autry website, quarterly Autry Calendar (distribution: 20,000), and all printed materials related to sponsored programs.

 

$5,000-$9,999

Members of the Director’s Circle receive all the benefits of the Curator’s Circle, including the ability to allocate support to a specific program such as new exhibits including Masters of the American West, Public Programs including American Indian Arts Marketplace and Native Voices, or The Autry’s K-12 Education programs. Other benefits of membership include:

  • opportunity to sponsor a Curator’s Circle Salon (in-person or virtual) with print, digital and on-site recognition.

  • 2 passes for Masters of the American West opening weekend.

  • 4 passes for the Autry’s salons, receptions, and events listed above.

  • Sponsor recognition including the sponsor wall in the Peggy & Mowry Mays lobby, Autry website, quarterly Autry Calendar (distribution: 20,000), and all printed materials related to sponsored programs.

 

$2,500-$4,999

Members of the Curator’s Circle receive the following benefits as well as the ability to allocate support to a specific program such as new exhibits including Masters of the American West, Public Programs including American Indian Arts Marketplace and Native Voices, or The Autry’s K-12 Education programs. Other benefits of membership include:

  • 2 passes for the Autry’s salons, receptions, and events listed above.

  • Sponsor recognition including the sponsor wall in the Peggy & Mowry Mays lobby, Autry website, quarterly Autry Calendar (distribution: 20,000), and all printed materials related to sponsored programs. 

  • Invitations to virtual Curator’s Circle Salons featuring discussions with notable artists, musicians, as well as discussions

  • highlighting the Autry’s collection, Native Voices and K-12 Education.

Ways to Give

Give Online at www.theautry.org/curatorcircle

Mail check to The Autry Development Department 4700 Western Heritage Way Los Angeles, CA 90027

For more information contact: Cristian Hamilton 323-495-4398 or chamilton@theautry.org