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Council for African American Art

Members of the Council for African American Art support the acquisition, study, conservation, and presentation of a distinctive and internationally recognized collection of African American art. The generosity of the Council ensures that all visitors have the opportunity to engage with African American art at the Brooklyn Museum.

Join the Council for African American Art now


  • Invitations to dedicated Council events

$5,000—includes the above, plus:

  • Invitations to studio visits with emerging and established artists and visits to private collections
  • All the benefits of the Director’s Circle at the Innovator level:
    • Invitations to after-hours, curator-led exhibition tours and cocktails
    • Invitations to exhibition previews and receptions
    • Advance opportunity to participate in galas and special events

$10,000—includes all of the above, plus:

  • Invitations to day trips with a curator
  • Opportunity to join the Planning Committee
  • All the benefits of the Director’s Circle at the Influencer level:
    • Invitations to behind-the-scenes events, with a firsthand view of how the Museum works—from art storage and conservation to education and exhibitions
    • Opportunity to name a seat in the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium (limited availability)
    • Reserved seating at public and education programs, upon request and on a first-come, first-served basis
    • Opportunity to host an event at the Brooklyn Museum (rental fees apply)

Members of the Council for African American Art also receive benefits at the highest level of general Museum Membership:

  • Invitations to Members-only previews and viewing hours
  • Exclusive discounts at our Shop, Café, and The Norm
  • Free parking (six passes annually; not valid on First Saturdays)
  • Discounted and early registration for art classes
  • Priority access to select public programs
  • Complimentary admission to more than 30 art museums across North America

All categories, benefits, and prices are subject to change. Please note that Memberships are nonrefundable and nontransferrable. Information about the tax-deductibility of your Membership will be shared upon receipt of your gift.

Join now. For additional information, please contact us at or by calling 718.501.6246.

Image: Beauford Delaney (American, 1901–1979). Untitled (Fang, Crow and Fruit) (detail), 1945. Oil on canvas, 25 x 30 in. (63.5 x 76.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Museum Fund for African American Art in honor of Arnold Lehman, A. Augustus Healy Fund and Ella C. Woodward Memorial Fund, 2014.73. © Estate of Beauford Delaney, by permission of Derek L. Spratley, Esq., Court Appointed Administrator