Membership at Palm Springs Art Museum includes a multitude of benefits, including year-round free admission, Museum Store, Annenberg Theater, and workshop discounts, and subscription to the quarterly Insight members' magazine. Members also have the opportunity to participate in special interest councils. The councils are the most active and dynamic part of our membership, with more than 1,200 museum members electing to join. Participation in a council is the best way to meet other members with similar interests and become involved with activities and events that support the museum’s exhibitions and programming. There are nine councils, each with its own staff liaison, bylaws, dues structure and board of directors. Museum membership is a prerequisite to join a council, but once you join, you’ll receive their newsletter updates and invitations to all of their special events.
Whether your interest lies in volunteering, fundraising, enjoying performances at the Annenberg Theater, viewing exclusive private collections of Western Art, photography, and Contemporary Art, or gaining insight into the world of architecture and design - councils offer something for everyone!
Are you interested in supporting great performing arts entertainment? The Annenberg Theater Council (ATC) supports the museum in funding Annenberg Theater programs through its innovative calendar of music and live performances. ATC members receive exclusive invitations to the season's opening night, special events and tours, and enjoy priority seating for all Annenberg Theater events.
The Architecture and Design Council with its over 400 members focuses on modern and contemporary issues and innovations in architecture and design. In addition to special events at private residences, the ADC sponsors a lecture series, salons, cocktail parties, and tours to architecturally significant sites. The Council continues to grow at an unprecedented pace with its innovative programming.
If you have an interest in creating art, the Artists Council (AC) is the place for you. Join the AC to learn, to share and to connect with fellow artists in the local community and beyond. To hone your skills in a variety of art techniques, AC Workshops offer instruction from beginning to advanced levels. If you'd like to share your artistic expertise, you can participate in Art Party where free art instruction is made available for kids and adults. Observe artists at work during monthly Artists in Action demonstrations. Artists Council Exhibition is an annual juried exhibition of AC members' work.
The Contemporary Art Council (CAC) is a group of collectors and enthusiasts who plan activities and events that raise money to underwrite exhibitions and to purchase artwork for the museum’s permanent collection. The CAC also present lectures and tours of art collections locally, nationally, and around the world.
Every other year, a number of eager and earnest applicants are chosen from dozens of hopefuls for the rigorous but rewarding docent training. Orientation for the class begins in early October and the training culminates in April with the presentation of the docents' research and their first public tour. Each new candidate is paired with an experienced docent as their mentor and guided through the process of learning about the art and artists in the museum’s permanent collection, developing communication skills appropriate for all ages, and, of course, enjoying themselves every step of the way!
The Museum Associates Council (MAC) was established as a small group of members with a strong desire to assist in the ongoing promotion and funding of museum programs. Today, more than 300 dedicated MAC members execute a variety of fundraising events annually raising over $700,000 to support programs, exhibitions and the general operating fund. Best known for hosting the museum’s annual Gala, and biennial events - A Day in the Garden, The Art of Shopping and Let Us Entertain You (LUEY) parties - MAC also offers its members many volunteer and enrichment opportunities, including luncheon speakers, art-related trips, and a scholarship program.
The Museum Service Council (MSC) is the volunteer corps which enthusiastically helps to facilitate a broad range of educational activities, inspiring events, and essential services.
We are committed to advancing museum-wide initiatives that increase a positive visitor experience and connect our audience to art and culture at Palm Springs Art Museum, Annenberg Theater, The Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion, and The Galen and Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden.
Join us for an enriching and fulfilling volunteer experience. Choose from many areas. Share your passion for art and culture. Share our desert hospitality with visitors. Volunteer!
The Photography Collection Council (PCC) is the newest support council for Palm Springs Art Museum, and has been formed to support a newly articulated photographic mission and focus for the museum. The PCC serves as the principal support group for the development of a collection that reflects the collecting and exhibition of photography anchored in depictions of natural, social, urban, and built environments. PCC’s main function is to promote the museum’s goal to become one of the country’s leading repositories of photographs as a source of in-house and traveling exhibitions, scholarly study, and publications.
The museum's Western and Native American collections have long been a cornerstone of Palm Springs Art Museum and represent one of its greatest legacies for the future. Membership in the Western Art Council (WAC) helps promote and foster appreciation of Western and Native American art through support of exhibitions, art acqusitions and programs. WAC's popular activities include an annual barbecue, fundraiser and exciting art tours. Other events include Conversations With Collectors, a series of "show-and-tell" gatherings scheduled throughout the year in private homes. In the coming season, plans are in progress for a tour to visit private collections and artists' studios in the Coachella Valley.