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Commit to Supporting Artists of African Descent

Help us support Black art and culture.

Support the Studio Museum’s founding mission to champion, empower, and celebrate artists of African descent. Your generosity provides funding for exhibitions, our signature Artist-in-Residence program, and an array of Learning and Engagement programs for audiences of all ages. 

Studio Museum Fund

Gifts to the Studio Museum Fund provide sustenance to exhibitions, the signature Artist-in-Residence program for emerging artists, and an extensive schedule of enlightening education and public programs serving our local community. Your tax-deductible donation to the Studio Museum Fund ensures that the Museum remains the leading venue for Black art and culture in the country.

If you have any questions about your donation, please contact the Development Department at 212-864-4500 or email [email protected].


Last Look weekend at The Studio Museum in Harlem, January 14, 2018. Photo: Will Ragozzino


Make history with us! Join today to be a part of the future Studio Museum in Harlem.

Studio Museum in Harlem Members are essential to our community and future. When you join, you help make possible our mission to support Black art and artists.

Become a Member

Cameron Granger and members attend the opening of Its time for me to go: 2021–22 Artist in Residence at MoMA PS1, 2022. Photo courtesy MoMA PS1

Patron Groups

Join our most dedicated supporters and intimately engage with the Museum, its collection, and artists.

The Global Council is the Studio Museum’s premier invite-only Patron Group. These dedicated and passionate art lovers, philanthropists, and collectors share an interest in engaging with Black art and culture within the United States and across the globe.

Through various exclusive events with Museum leadership, Global Council supporters become deeply involved in the Studio Museum community, build relationships with others who have a passion for art and collecting, and play a vital role in sustaining and advancing the Museum’s mission.

The Acquisition Committee is an invite-only group comprised of select individuals who meet three times a year and support the growth of the Museum’s collection through philanthropic support and their knowledge of artists, collecting, and the art market.

The Chairman’s Circle is the Museum’s newest, invite-only Patron Group. This group is designed for our most dedicated supporters who are interested in engaging more deeply with the Museum, its collection, and the artists in its circle. Participation in the Chairman’s Circle provides unique access to the Director and Chief Curator, Thelma Golden; the Board Chairman and Museum Trustees; and other patrons who share a commitment to the Studio Museum’s mission.

For more information about our patron programs and other opportunities for support, please call 332-269-1718 or email [email protected].

Corporate Partnerships

We invite you to explore how your company or organization can deepen its relationship with The Studio Museum in Harlem. By providing vital philanthropic support to the Studio Museum through programmatic sponsorships and partnerships for brand exposure, education events, and memorable activations, your company will demonstrate a commitment to community, while inspiring your clients, customers, and employees. For more information, call 212-864-4500.

Other Ways to Support

Program Support

The Studio Museum brings together, serves, and supports everyone, from children and teens who never imagined becoming artists, to creative giants whose names are now in history books. By supporting our education programs, exhibitions, and residency, you are helping to build careers and expand the narrative of Black art and art history.

Education has been at the core of the Museum’s mission since its founding, making learning and engagement programs accessible for all audiences.
Exhibitions at the Studio Museum have boldly explored the most pressing social and political issues, all made possible through ongoing unrestricted support to our Exhibition Fund .
The Studio Museum has earned recognition for its catalytic role in advancing the work of visual artists of African and Latin American descent through its Artist-in Residence program, supporting over 100 graduates to date who have gone on to highly regarded careers.

Planned Giving

Help ensure that the Studio Museum in Harlem can continue to serve diverse artists and audiences for generations to come by making a planned gift. We would be pleased to work with you and your advisors to structure a gift that is meaningful to you and best fulfills your charitable goals. For more information about available planned giving opportunities, please call 332-269-1718 or email [email protected].

Donors will be invited to join the Legacy Society, a special recognition group, and receive invitations to selected events and programs throughout the year. The Studio Museum in Harlem does not offer tax or legal advice. Please consult with your personal advisors as to the legacy gift that would be most appropriate for you.

The Lea K. Green Memorial Fund

The Lea K. Green Memorial Fund was established by Lea’s family and friends to honor and celebrate her incredible service and dedication to the Studio Museum.

With your support, the Fund will further realize opportunities for the Museum to connect audiences with prominent artists and cultural producers—all in honor of Lea’s incredible legacy.

Learn More about the Lea K. Green Fund
Lea K. Green at the Studio Museum annual Luncheon, 2012


The Studio Museum is currently closed for the construction of its new building. We will set a date for the opening after we complete substantial construction in 2024.

The new building occupies the site on West 125th Street on which the Studio Museum had been operating since 1982.

The Studio Museum offers a free one-year membership to IDNYC participants. Benefits include invitations to openings, early registration access for programming, our digital newsletter delivered straight to your inbox, and much more. Sign up for an IDNYC membership using your IDNYC ID number.