The Museum offers additional social and educational opportunities for members with special interests. For more information or to join a group, call the Membership Department at (919) 664-6754.
Created for members age 40 and up, the Connoisseurs group offers social events including dinners, gallery talks, and tours. Members act as ambassadors for the Museum and actively recruit friends and members of the community to join. They also consult with Museum staff about program ideas and how the group can support the institution. Membership is $20 per person in addition to Museum membership. Join as a Connoisseur.
The Contemporaries—a group of 20- and 30-somethings—support the Museum and work to increase membership by sponsoring social, educational, and fund-raising events. A board of volunteers guides the group and plans events throughout the year, including Art on Tap mixers at local bars, exhibition tours, concerts, wine tastings, and an annual New Year's Eve party. The Contemporaries also raise funds for art acquisitions. Membership in this group is $15 per person in addition to Museum membership. Join as a Contemporary.
Friends of African and African American Art
The Friends of African and African American Art, organized in 2001, encourage public participation in Museum programming and assist the Museum in acquiring works by African and African American artists. FAAAA hosts events and educational opportunities in conjunction with the Museum’s collection of African and African American art. In addition to fund-raising for art acquisition, the group sponsors dinners, tours of exhibitions, behind-the-scenes seminars, day trips, and cultural performances at the Museum and other venues in the Triangle area. Membership is $25 per person in addition to Museum membership. Calendar of activities. Join as a FAAAA member.
Friends of Greek Art
The Friends of Greek Art organization was formed in 2003 by a group dedicated to raising funds for acquisition of classical art and enhancing the Museum’s classical program. The Museum’s exquisite classical collection forms a visual link between ancient history and the present.
This group commitment to continuing the excellence of the collection and increasing the Museum’s ability to share the classical legacy with its audience has been embraced by the Greek community and beyond. Holding events across the state—including dinners, receptions, and wine tastings—the group has introduced the Museum’s needs to a host of North Carolina Greek communities.
Friends of the Judaic Art Gallery
The NCMA is one of only two American art museums with a dedicated gallery for Jewish ceremonial art. The Friends of the Judaic Art Gallery support acquisition of art objects, as well as conservation and education related to this collection. Since the group's founding in 2001, FJAG has raised awareness throughout the state by sponsoring lectures and outreach initiatives to churches and other communities of faith. FJAG also raises funds toward the purchase of Jewish ceremonial art for the Museum’s Judaic Art Gallery.
Friends of Photography
Formed in 2006, the Friends of Photography group supports photography acquisitions, exhibitions, and related programs for the Museum. Working with the curator of contemporary art, the group selects and funds contemporary photography acquisitions for the permanent collection. In addition to annual Museum membership, members give a donation each year to the Friends of Photography fund. The annual funds are dedicated to photography acquisitions for the Museum. The group also sponsors exhibitions and photography-related programs at the Museum. Additional events include lectures; visits to photographers’ studios, galleries, and members’ collections; and trips to art fairs and other museums.