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Expanded Kennedy Museum of Art membership supports exhibitions and programs


The Kennedy Museum of Art and Friends of Kennedy Museum have announced a membership campaign to enhance community support for the educational and artistic mission of the Museum. This new campaign offers special benefits, access to exclusive programs and exhibition invitations, available in a range of membership levels starting July 1 and continuing through June 30, 2018.

For 20 years, the Kennedy Museum has enriched Ohio University and Athens communities with unique exhibitions and educational experiences.

Membership and community support is a vital part of the museum’s operating budget,” said Museum Director Ed Pauley. “It enables the museum to provide extraordinary exhibitions such as this summer’s review of the Southeast Native American weaving collection in ‘Recountal’ and a fascinating current exhibition produced by students in the museum studies program at OHIO.”

This year’s membership campaign offers special benefits. The newest of these is gained through the North American Reciprocal Museum Association (NARM) that provides free admission and discounts at hundreds of museums and cultural institutions across the country. This opportunity is available for Kennedy members at the supporter level ($100 individual/ $125 dual) and above.

“Through the Association, our members can visit such Ohio museums as the Taft Museum and Cincinnati Museum of Art as well as the Columbus Museum of Art, without admission fees,” said George Weckman, president of Friends of the Kennedy, a group dedicated to community support of Kennedy Museum programming.

Other benefits to membership include access to exclusive programs, invitations to and special announcements of Museum and Friends events, art-related trips and merchandise discounts at the Museum as well as a monthly Museum newsletter. Joining the museum automatically conveys membership in the Friends of the Kennedy Museum.

“We are proud to work on behalf of Kennedy Museum,” Weckman said. “It is our goal to provide special services to strengthen its contributions. This year, for example, Friends’ funds have supported busing to the Museum for area school students, conservation of Native American weavings and purchase of gallery stools.”

Membership levels include student ($20), individual ($40), household ($60), supporter ($100 single/$125 dual), sustainer ($250-$999) and patron ($1,000+).

Joining the museum with a credit card may be done on the Museum’s web site, https://www.ohio.edu/museum/. Mailed contributions are paid to the Ohio University Foundation and may be sent to Ohio University-Lin Hall, 100 Ridges Circle, Athens, OH 45701. Please provide an email address with your contribution. Additional contributions to support special projects of the Friends of the Kennedy Museum may be directed to Treasurer Gary Pfeiffer at 7827 Country Club Road, Athens, OH 45701.