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Affinity Groups Contemporaries

What are the Contemporaries?

Established in 2010, the Contemporaries group was formed to introduce young professionals to the Walker Art Center’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.

What is the cost?

The Contemporaries entry level begins with a $175 annual gift. The Contemporaries group is additionally open to Contributing members at the Associate, Sponsor, and Founder levels ($250–$1,999).

Is there an age limit to the Contemporaries?

The majority of members range from ages 21 to 45, and events are programmed for this crowd. However, Contemporaries membership is open to all those young at heart.

What are the benefits to membership?

At the entry level of $175, members receive all basic membership benefits, including unlimited free gallery admission, discounts in the Walker Shop and restaurants, and tickets to Walker events as well as invitations to a variety of exclusive member events. Basic member programs include A Think & A Drink and Art School. Contemporaries also receive invitations to all Walker Film Club events throughout the year. In addition, members receive free reciprocal admission to hundreds of museums across the country.

How can I join?

The quickest and easiest way to get involved is by joining online.

Contemporaries Events 2014–2015

  • August 12, 2014: Contemporaries Mini Golf Night
  • September 25, 2014: Private Collection Tour
  • November 13, 2014: Contemporaries Evening at Highpoint Center for Printmaking
  • December 5, 2014: British Arrows Awards Private Reception and Screening
  • February 17, 2015: How Do You Collect? Panel Discussion
  • April 3, 2015: Bryce Dessner Performance Event

What type of events have Contemporaries members had in the past?

  • Tour of the Lakewood Garden and Mausoleum
  • Contemporaries Night at the Soap Factory
  • Private reception and screening of the British Arrows Awards
  • Private tour of the General Mills Corporate Collection
  • Evening with architect Charlie Lazor in the FlatPak House
  • Private gallery tour with the curator of This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s
  • Tour of Chambers Art Collection and drinks at the Chamber Hotel’s Ice Bar
  • Behind-the-scenes tour of the Walker’s Merce Cunningham Collection acquisition

Are events free with the membership?

Contemporaries’ events are typically free; this includes access to artists, special guests, and hospitality. Sometimes there is a fee for film and performing arts events, though guests receive the member ticket price and complimentary hospitality at a pre- or post-reception.

Can I bring friends with me to events?

A Contemporaries membership is good for two people. If there is only one name specified on the membership, then you are welcome to bring an additional guest. Some events are open for an additional nonmember price.

Did you know?

Contemporaries members can pay their dues through monthly installments, and it is only $14.58 a month at the $175 level. It is easy to set up a membership this way. Simply fill out this form and e-mail or mail it to the Walker membership department at at donors@walkerart.org or 1750 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403.

Contemporaries Advisory Council

The Advisory Council consists of emerging leaders at Twin Cities–based companies and organizations who have an interest in promoting the arts. Council members serve as ambassadors for the Walker and encourage their varying networks to join and welcome new members to the Contemporaries.

2015–2016 Contemporaries Advisory Council

  • Anne Cook, Target
  • Chris Cook, Target
  • Jon Ness, Cassidy Turley
  • Melanie Full, Stinson Leonard Street LLP
  • Matthew Hawkins, W-The Foshay/Le Meridien Chambers
  • Ben Hertz, Nolan Company
  • Christine Johnston, The Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank
  • Jori Sherer, Minnetonka Moccasins
  • Carolyn Sleeth, Medtronic
  • Matt Thell, General Mills

Walker Contemporaries Affinity Group