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Affinity Groups Contemporaries

Who 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 others 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 ($14.58/month). The Contemporaries group is additionally open to Contributing members at the Associate, Sponsor, and Founder levels ($250–$2,499).

Is there an age limit?

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 of membership?

At the entry level of $175, members receive all basic membership benefits, including unlimited free gallery admission, discounts in the Walker Shop and restaurant, and tickets to Walker events as well as invitations to a variety of exclusive member events. Contemporaries also receive invitations to all Walker Film Club events throughout the year, and free reciprocal admission to more than 800 museums across the country.

How can I join?

Join online or call 612.375.7652.

Contemporaries Events 2016–2017

  • August 2016: Skyline Mini Golf Night
  • September 2016: Night Out at Midway Contemporary Art
  • December 2016: British Arrows Awards Holiday Party
  • January 2017: Andrew Schneider, YOUARENOWHERE Performance

Can I bring friends with me to events?

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

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.

2016–2017 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