BENTONVILLE, Ark., June 17, 2011
Baseball, hot dogs and… art? Although this combination may seem unusual, bring together America’s birthday, Bentonville’s legendary First Friday celebration and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (inching ever closer toward its scheduled 11-11-11 opening), and there is even more reason to celebrate this year during the July 4th weekend.
“As the region’s excitement about Crystal Bridges continues to escalate, one of the most frequent questions I am asked is ‘When can we join?'” said Don Bacigalupi, Crystal Bridges executive director. “And finally, the answer is now. What better time to launch the membership program for this great new American art museum than on this great American holiday?”
From July 1-4, Crystal Bridges will be participating in several events throughout the region, all designed to engage the community, while offering the prestige of being among the inaugural members of the museum. With 10 levels of membership ranging from a $35 student and $75 dual/family to the Benefactor Circle, it’s easy for everyone to get involved. The weekend activities include:
Aside from being among the first to show support for the region’s newest asset, additional membership incentives for the Museum’s “Original Members” (which encompasses the first 3,000 commitments regardless of donor level) include an invitation to a member preview event just prior to the opening and a special membership card featuring Asher B. Durand’s Kindred Spirits. Additionally, members will enjoy special level-specific experience benefits such as exhibition previews, complimentary publications, conversations with curators and directors as well as private tours.
“Our membership levels are designed to appeal to multiple audiences, from students to young professionals and families to established art aficionados,” said Kathryn Roberts, director of member and guest services. “We’ve taken great strides to make sure there’s a level of involvement for everyone. We can’t wait to get out and share Crystal Bridges with our community.”