TUCSON MUSEUM OF ART LEAGUE: RAISING FUNDS & HAVING FUN
The Tucson Museum of Art League is a vibrant group of people who share a passionate interest in the arts, are dedicated to raising funds for the Museum, and enjoy the camaraderie of other like-minded individuals. Throughout the year, the League holds meetings often focusing on local artists, carries out fund raising events, sponsors educational lectures, helps out at Museum events, and holds social gatherings for its members. League members find themselves engaged in a community of individuals interested in the arts and fundraising for the Museum.
League members are expected to volunteer a minimum of 30 hours a year through attendance at League meetings or working on League projects. In addition, members are expected to provide financial support of League events by sponsoring or purchasing tickets to one major fundraiser per year and help in new member recruitment and mentoring. Regular League meetings are held monthly September through May. When you become a member of the League, you will receive a letter from the Membership Chair containing the League Handbook and Directory which provides information on meetings, events, volunteer opportunities, member responsibilities, the officers and by-laws of the organization, and the Directory of members.
HOW TO JOIN
You must be a member of the Tucson Museum of Art to be a member in the TMA League. To join the Museum and become a member of the League, or add the League to your Museum membership, please visit the Membership page via the link in the Give & Join menu item above. Select Join Now and then choose “Yes, I would like to join a support organization!” under Support Organizations. League membership runs from May 1 through April 30 of the following year.
The TMA League helps support the Museum in a variety of ways and provides several opportunities for League members to get involved by volunteering on social or fundraising projects, serving on the League Board and committees, and participating in Museum and League events. The following sections provide brief descriptions of some League activities and ways to become involved.
A fundraising event held in the fall each year where League members collect donations or consignment items consisting of antiques, used furniture, jewelry, china, silver, decorative items and artwork to be sold at a “tag sale” event. Planning and preparation occur for several months prior to the sale. The activity appeals to those who are interested in the decorative arts, in sales and in just making good friends. It is one of the League’s oldest and most successful fundraisers and is the favorite of many of our members.
DINNER A L’ART
Dinner a L’art is a 30+ year-old League fundraising event where Museum supporters host gourmet dinners in their homes, at a gallery, or at a restaurant. Each year, in February through April, a dozen or so dinners are held; each dinner is unique in terms of the hosts, menu, location and number of attendees. The price attendees pay for a dinner generates funds to support Museum activities. Volunteers identify hosts, work with Museum staff to advertise the dinners and process dinner reservations. All League members are encouraged to attend one of these dinners.
M@M (MONDAY at THE MUSEUM)
Fund-raising events held at the Tucson Museum of Art or another suitable location that may involve a special presentation, special entertainment, or a means for League and community members to interact in a social setting. Members work on planning, preparation, reservations and managing the day of the event activity.
In the spring each year, the League arranges for a special fund-raising event that combines fun with learning about the arts in a manner that is entertaining for all. Recent examples include: Art, the 20’s, and All that Jazz luncheon and lecture; An Afternoon With Georgia lecture by the author of a historical novel about Georgia O’Keeffe; and Garden in the Galleries exhibition of ikebana flower arrangements celebrating Japanese art. Volunteers help plan and carry out this special event.
The League plans daytrips as well as small group overnight travel tours to places of interest to its members. Recent overnight trips have included travel to Tulsa, Oklahoma to view the extensive collections at the Gilcrease and Philbrook Museums along with spending time in Bentonville, Arkansas to see the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and a trip to Denver, Colorado to see the Degas: A Passion for Perfection exhibition at the Denver Art Museum, the Clyfford Still Museum, sculptures at the Denver Botanical Gardens, and a performance of the Stephen Sondheim musical Sunday in the Park with George, about life & creativity based on pointillist painter Georges Seurat.
The December League meeting is a festive luncheon for League members and guests. League volunteers arrange a venue for the event, plan the luncheon menu, and work with Museum staff to create the luncheon invitations and process reservations. While enjoying the camaraderie of fellow League members during the holiday season, at the luncheon members may donate to the Gifts from the H’art, a special fund to provide art supplies for the Museum’s educational programs.
WINE & DINE
Throughout the year, League members get together for informal ‘Happy Hour’ gatherings or ‘Wine & Dine’ dinners. These occasional social events bring League members together for fun conversation, fine food, and good times among friends. Volunteers help organize the events, select venues, and work to make an event that everyone will remember.
SERVICE TO THE LEAGUE
To enable the League to carry out its various activities, League members may serve on the Board of Directors or various committees assigned to carry out fundraising or social events. League members may perform a variety of tasks such as hosting or assisting with the monthly League membership meetings, providing assistance to the Museum during one of its events, recruiting new members, making arrangements for meetings, etc.