Walker Art Center

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Affinity Groups

Affinity groups are a way Walker members can gather with other individuals who have similar interests and delve into the world of film, performing arts, or visual arts. Walker affinity groups require a minimum level of membership, plus additional fees for participation. For more information, please contact donors@walkerart.org or call the donor line at 612.375.7641.

Contemporaries ($175 Contemporaries level member or above)

The Contemporaries group was formed to introduce young professionals to the Walker’s interdisciplinary programs and to cultivate the next generation of Walker supporters. Through a series of exclusive events, members explore all facets of programming while meeting other young professionals looking for a deeper connection with the institution. Events are equal parts educational and social.

Walker Film Club ($175 Contemporaries level member or above)

For cinephiles, the Walker Film Club (formerly the Walker Film Society) provides greater access to the Walker’s highly acclaimed film program with special events throughout the year, plus all the benefits of the Walker’s Contemporaries level of membership.

Collectors’ Council ($500 Sponsor, $1,000 Founder or $2,500 Patrons’ Circle level member)

The Collectors’ Council provides members with opportunities to gain exposure to the “art of our time” through access to curators, artists, and specialists with knowledge of the issues and practices of contemporary art and design. Intended to educate and provide social and intellectual exchange with the Walker’s visual arts and design staff, the Council serves as a forum for dialogue and learning as participants advance their own interest and enthusiasm for contemporary culture.

Walker Forum ($5,000 Partner-level member or above)

Walker Forum is a quarterly salon exploring the intersection of art and life through a series of events featuring leading local and national cultural figures. The Forum brings together art enthusiasts, creative professionals, and patrons who share a commitment to the arts and the Twin Cities’ vibrant cultural community. Using the Walker and its programming as catalysts for exchange, participants gather to actively consider the dynamic nature of contemporary culture and its influences that shape the continuing evolution of arts institutions today.

Producers’ Council ($5,000 gifts and above)

Producers’ Council members provide philanthropic leadership in support of the diverse activities of the Walker’s performing arts program. Benefits include hosted events with the director and Walker curators, as well as special recognition opportunities. For more information, contact Megan Dunn or call 612.375.7629.

National Advisory Board ($15,000 and above)

Designed for philanthropic leaders living mostly outside Minnesota, the National Advisory Board offers unique benefits that keep members informed and engaged in Walker programs and initiatives throughout the year. The National Advisory Board is committed to raising awareness for Walker programs nationally and internationally. Members are invited to serve three-year terms, meeting at the Walker twice a year. Members are also invited to participate in the Walker travel program, and are encouraged to connect with the Walker’s executive director, chief curator, and curatorial staff throughout the year for general gatherings and major cultural moments.

For more information about the National Advisory Board, please call Kerstin Beyer, director of the Annual Fund, at 612.375.7562.