An ideal mix of mission based and social programing, the main focus of the Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art is to promote the arts in the greater Philadelphia area. Joining this group gives members discounts on events and an opportunity for social networking with likeminded young professionals. Members have opportunities to meet with curators, artists, and collectors, while having special access to the museums collections though private tours.
Young Friends holds two main fundraising events each year: the Rodin Garden Party and the Winter Gala. The Rodin Garden Party is held every year at the end of summer. Guests pay for a night in the Rodin Museum’s historic garden, enjoying art, cocktails, and a raffle. The Winter Gala is also an annual event. Guests are treated to VIP tours of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, speeches, a raffle, and food and drinks. Members also have the opportunity to join the planning committees for these events. Funds raised through these Young Friends events are used to support new acquisitions for the museum, for conservation and preservation of existing collections, and educational and outreach programming.
In addition to these fundraising events, Young Friends enjoy several social events such as The Young Friends Holiday Party and Young Friends Fridays. The Annual Holiday Party is an event where the Young Friends can come together to socialize, enjoy complimentary drinks, and a Candy Cane Raffle. Young Friends Fridays are a part of the museum’s Art After 5 events. At these events, wine, beer and cocktails are available at the bar in addition to light fare. These events take place every Friday featuring international music and emerging jazz artists. During Art After 5, select galleries in the museum are also open.
For only an additional 50-dollar add on to membership, the Young Friends group is a great mix of social and mission based events.
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