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The Museum Associates Council or “MAC” was established in 1966 by a small group of members with a strong desire to assist in the ongoing promotion and funding of museum programs.

Today, dedicated MAC members plan and execute a variety of fundraising events, while promoting a strong camaraderie between members and a shared passion for Palm Springs Art Museum. The funds raised each year by MAC allows Palm Springs Art Museum to offer exceptional opportunities for up to 15,000 children and others who take part in our activities. Many of the children receive no other arts education. Money raised also supports essential museum operations which allow for world-class exhibitions.

MAC is best known for hosting the annual Gala and alternating major social events: The Art of Shopping, A Day in the Garden, Let Us Entertain You (LUEY), and Art In Bloom. In addition to these fundraising events, MAC offers its members many volunteer opportunities and enrichment programs and is especially proud of the scholarship program, which supports high school seniors on their way to college to study the arts. MAC members are invited to participate in enrichment programs and exclusive tours. These wonderful events provide an opportunity for members to meet and become friends while supporting the museum.  

MAC members include full and part-time residents of the desert, retirees, business people, philanthropists and anyone with a desire to assist in the promotion and funding of museum programs while expanding their cultural knowledge and making new friendships.

You must be a member of the museum to be eligible for MAC membership.

For event information please contact:

Dana Saks
Fundraising Events Coordinator

Annual MAC Membership

Assist in the promotion and funding of museum programs while expanding your cultural knowledge and making new friendships.

$150 for an individual

$200 for a couple

Membership fees are fully tax-deductible.


Membership Benefits Include:

  • Access to MAC member-only reduced pricing for enrichment programs, such as presentations, performances, exclusive excursions and tours, and luncheons.
  • Pride in being a member of the museum's longest standing council.
  • Camaraderie gained through participation in events and programs that benefit the museum's education programs.
  • Fulfillment in the joy of giving that is achieved by contributing to the museum's fundraising council.

Upcoming MAC Events

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2018/2019 MAC Officers

Executive Officers

Ellen Donaldson

Executive Vice President
Harriet Bernstein

Vice President Spring Fundraiser
Betty Rinnig

Vice President Membership
Deborah Chapman

Development Chair
Christine Cross

Dorothy Meyerman

Nominating Committee
Janet Langford 
Betty Rinnig

Immed Past Pres:
Carol Fragen

Standing Committees

Solly Lewis

Membership & Outreach
Deborah Chapman

Judy Vossler

Excursions & Art Tours
Christine Cross

MAC College Scholarships

Volunteer Coordinator
Janet Birnkrant


Lee Appel
David Austin
Sally Berger
Annette Bloch
Beth Edwards Harris
Cheryl Fey
Barbara Fromm
Helene Galen
Angie Gerber
Mimi Gittelson
Lola Hagadone
Libby Hoffman
Bobbi Holland
Peggy Jacobs
David Kaplan
Barbara Keller
Joan Kerns
Ginny Krumb
Sheila Lewis
Donna MacMillan
Harold Matzner
Cheryl McArthur
Lauren Segala
Nancy Stone
Leslie Usow
Lisa Vossler-Smith
Susan Walpert
Randy Westwood