Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Guest Blogger: Allyn Boone, Director of Development

At the Museum
Allyn Boone

This month, we begin our annual membership campaign at the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art. Membership is important to the Museum, constituting a significant source of income that is used to present exhibitions, offer education programs and care for our nationally recognized collection of art.

Thanks to the generosity of our members, LRMA is able to provide Art Trunks to schools throughout the state free of charge, offer Third Grade Tours to students in a six-county area, and present community events like Heritage Arts Festival and Very Special Arts Festival. LRMA has never charged an admission fee, and our membership campaign allows us to make the Museum open and welcoming.

Our members are critical to our ability of serve our community, and we make sure that they know how important they are. Members receive personal invitations to exhibition openings and priority announcements about classes, programs and trips offered by the Museum. They also receive the LRMA News, an informative newsletter with articles about exhibitions, programs, trips, activities and more.

LRMA offers a membership level that is right for every person. From our $15 student membership to our $2,500 Laureate membership, the Museum has a variety of membership categories, each with its own special benefits.

Depending upon the membership category, members receive discounts on art classes and Museum Shop purchases, and they may also receive special catalogue mailings and invitations to the LRMA Gala Preview Party. Members at the Sponsor ($100) level and above have the opportunity to purchase tickets to attend the annual LRMA Gala, an elegant evening that ushers in the holiday season in Laurel. Memberships beginning at $1,000 include complimentary tickets to the Gala.

The Lauren Rogers Museum of Art was opened in 1923 as a gift to the community. Considered one of our area’s cultural treasures, the Museum has developed through the years into a dynamic institution devoted to presenting the best examples of the visual arts for the enjoyment and education of our community. When you join the Museum, you become a shareholder in the vision that created LRMA and continues to drive it today. To be the best that we can be, we need the commitment and support of our community.

We invite you to join LRMA and be part of the exciting future that awaits our organization. We are committed to excellence in our collections, exhibitions and programs, and we hope that you will join with us in this quest. To join the Museum or request more information about LRMA membership, please call us at 601-649-6374. We look forward to hearing from you and adding your name to our membership roll.

This article originally appeared in the Laurel Leader-Call.

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