People watching Art in a gallery at Palm Springs Art Museum

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.

Join one of our 8 councils.

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!

The ADC presents activities and events that raise funds to support the museum's architecture and design collection, exhibitions, and programs.

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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.

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The AWAC presents activities and events that raise funds to support the museum's Western and Native American Art collection, exhibitions, and programs.

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The CAC presents activities and events that raise funds to support the museum's contemporary art collection, exhibitions, and programs.

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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!

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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 GardenThe 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.

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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!

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The PCC presents activities and events that raise funds to support the museum's photography collection, exhibitions, and programs.

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