Supporting The Arts


On Monday night, Indy reporter Nicole Teitler and I headed to the Rainbow Room in New York City to cover Guild Hall’s Academy of the Arts Achievement Awards Dinner.

The dinner was co-hosted by artist and academy president Eric Fischl and writer Iris Smyles. The evening was held to honor Audrey Flack for visual arts. Flack’s award was presented by David Brigham. Gail Sheehy was honored for literary arts, with her award presented by Tom Wolfe. Harris Yulin, honored for performing arts, received his award from Alec Baldwin. Sheri Sandler received the Special Award. And to top it all off, there was a live performance by GE Smith and The History of Art Band.

The East End has always had a thriving artistic community. Institutions like Guild Hall in East Hampton are wonderful resources for all the East End’s art lovers. Many museums, on the East End and beyond, offer young memberships for those interested in joining a community of artists and art admirers. If supporting the arts is something that interests you, here are some fun membership options for you to get involved.

Guild Hall

Join the Guild Hall Contemporaries Circle. It’s perfect for those with a strong interest in visual and performing arts. Members are invited to specially curated events and gain access to artists, scholars, and art professionals. Membership benefits include access to a selection of theater and art events in New York City and the East End, invitations to New York City and Hamptons Guild Hall donor appreciation events, one complimentary Summer Gala cocktails or dancing only ticket, and discounts on Summer performance tickets. The annual membership is $300 per person or $500 per couple.

The Met

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City offers The Apollo Circle membership for adults ages 21 to 39. It’s a community of young supporters of the museum. Enjoy insider access with benefits that include viewings of select exhibitions before the museum opens and access to exhibitions before they open to the public. Perks also include The Met After Hours: special evening viewings, access to The Balcony Lounge, admission to Patron Circles evening receptions, an evening with the museum’s director, and discounted tickets to The Met Apollo Circle Benefit. The cost is $1200.

LongHouse Reserve

The LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton offers the LHR Contemporaries Membership for supporters between the ages of 21 and 35. Membership benefits include an invitation to exclusive LongHouse Contemporaries events, insider access to LongHouse Reserve events, discounted tickets to the Winter and Summer benefits, visits to private collections, artist studios, and galleries, and special previews of exhibits. The cost is $250.


Become one of The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art in New York City. MoMA’s dynamic young patrons program is for those ages 21 to 40. Associates support modern and contemporary art initiatives, while building relationships with curators, artists, members, and collectors. JA dues are $875 for an individual and $1400 for a couple.

The Parrish Art Museum

The Parrish Contemporaries Circle membership is for anyone between the ages of 21 and 45 interested in art and culture. Member benefits include an invitation for two to attend VIP exhibition opening previews at the Water Mill museum, invitations to exclusive Parrish Contemporaries events annually, and special invitations to art shows and exhibition previews. You can even arrange a private docent-led tour of the museum for up to four people. The cost is $350.

The Guggenheim

The Guggenheim’s Young Collectors Council is offered to young professionals ages 21 to 40, who wish to learn more about contemporary art. Members work closely with Guggenheim curators, while connecting with artists, collectors, and leaders of the art world. Council members enjoy the perks of free admission to all Guggenheim museums (in New York City, Bilbao, and Venice), plus reciprocal benefits at Frank Lloyd Wright sites and over 30 North American museums, discounted tickets for select special events throughout the year, complimentary admission for two to member private views and select Art After Dark events, invitations to monthly curator-led YCC programs and events, and more. Join for $600. Join the Young Collectors Council Acquisitions Committee and get to vote on new acquisitions for the museum’s contemporary collection. The cost to join is $1250.

The Frick Collection

Become a Young Fellow at The Frick Collection. Those ages 21 to 39 are given the opportunity to enjoy the culture, beauty, and art of the NYC museum. Benefits include member evening viewings, events and programs exclusively for Young Fellows, an invitation for two to the Spring Garden Party, and an opportunity to purchase tickets to the Young Fellows Ball. The cost is $600.

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