The Curator's Circle

The Autry’s premier annual recognition society, whose vision and generosity contribute to a robust civic and cultural life for the Los Angeles community, advocates for the museum and its cultural programs. The Autry’s Curator’s Circle provides a strong foundation of support for the Autry’s multifaceted art, education, and community programs. Its patrons 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 Curator’s Circle support makes it possible for the Autry to:

PRODUCE bold interdisciplinary exhibitions, public programs, and theatre—reaching 200,000+ guests annually—that explore the diversity and complexity of the American West’s history, cultures, and peoples.

  • Exhibitions highlighting the region’s cultural history, such as Art of the West, Human Nature, Investigating Griffith Park, and California Continued, combine with Native contemporary and Western art galleries to celebrate the diversity that is the American West.
  • Native Voices at the Autry provides an artistic home for North American Native theatre artists and supports the development and production of new works for the stage. Native Voices is the only Equity theatre company in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to telling Native stories written by Native people.
  • The Masters of the American West® Art Exhibition and Sale features paintings and sculptures by more than 60 contemporary, nationally recognized artists.

EDUCATE more than 40,000 K–12 students each year with 13 different museum tours on topics such as the California Gold Rush, Native California, Adventures on the Oregon Trail, and American Indians of the West.

INTEGRATE our cultural, arts, and history curricula in Title I schools in the L.A. region with programs such as Classroom Curators, Day of Deliberation, Autry Teachers Academy, and Autry-in-Residence.

ENRICH the community by producing and presenting more than 200 diverse public programs annually.

  • The American Indian Arts Marketplace, a weekend festival reaching more than 5,000 people each year, showcases over 200 Native artists from 40 Native nations. The artists keep 100% of their sales proceeds from the festival.
  • Film at the Autry highlights the wide range of movies that are considered Westerns and how they shape our understanding of the American West. Enjoy matinees of classic Westerns, Western-genre hybrids from horror to science fiction, and an iconic silent film series.
  • Live at the Autry showcases music performances including classic Western film scores; Latin Jazz Sunday; Sizzling Summer Nights, with dancing to L.A.’s best salsa and Latin fusion bands; and Autry After Hours, which highlights local DJs, poets, and artists inside our galleries in the evening.


Recognition through our Curator’s Circle is offered to donors with annual giving of $2,500 or more. This exclusive donor group enjoys select membership to the Autry, invitations to curated private events, and behind-the-scenes access to upcoming exhibitions, programs, and collections.

  • $2,500 provides five buses for school tours or facilitates an Autry-in Residence museum teacher to come to a student classroom for two weeks with a collection of objects related to the history of the American West.
  • $5,000 sponsors one film screening or public program, a Native Voices theatre scholarship, or an artist presentation at Masters of the American West.
  • $10,000 or more can help underwrite a specific exhibition, education program, or VIP reception; name a seat in our theatre; or sponsor an Artist Award for Masters of the American West, Native Voices, or American Indian Arts Marketplace.

For more information please contact Cristian Hamilton in the Autry’s Development Office at 323.495.4398 or e-mail