What does the Council do?

The Council exists to support the Museum, but we ALWAYS mix business with pleasure.  While we support the Museum by volunteering, fundraising, and friend-raising, we also offer art enrichment programs for JUST our members that includes artists talks, special tours, bus trips to art museums in neighboring cities, carpool trips, and art making.

We encourage our members to engage with the Council and Museum as follows:

  • Attend any or all our four meetings over the course of the year — we meet in September, November, February, and April, plus we have an annual luncheon in May. Two of our meetings are during the day and two are in the evening.  Every meeting includes an art enrichment program that is free for all attendees.
  • Join one of the Council’s Committees and help plan programming, fundraisers, and/or art trips. Additional committees make art (yes, we have our own studio time in the fall of 2017), manage the reception flowers, build and track membership, and work our events such as the Holiday House Tour. Presently, the Holiday House Tour, held every other year, is our biggest fundraiser and needs all members to help in some way.
  • Volunteer regularly or as you can. Opportunities are plentiful. The Museum can always use help in the Helen Farr Sloan Library, the Education Department, the Development and External Affairs Department, as well as greeters or helpers at Museum events.
  • Promote the Museum and its programs to friends.

And of course, we fundraise! Fundraising involves planning events, working events, and contributing. We encourage Council members to help with fundraising in the following ways:

  • Work the Holiday House Tour which we produce every other year (2018 is the next tour)
  • Make donations to various programs sponsored by Council and the Museum.
  • Give Museum “gifts” in lieu of material gifts. What better way to honor your friends than to donate in their honor to the Museum?  Likewise, you can buy a book for the Helen Farr Sloan Library in honor of a friend.
  • Participate in our travel programs and attend special events at the Museum. Pricing for these programs include reasonable “profit margins.”
  • Make donations to special causes at the Museum, including the Bert Melloy Flower Fund, the Carol Jording Rare Book Acquisition Fund, and the Red Apple Fund for Student Enrichment.