The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

Affinity Groups

The Museum has ten affinity groups that assist us through fundraising and volunteer efforts: Art Patrons Society, Docent Council, Friends of the AVA, MUSE, NextGen Youth Council, Public Art Alliance, Tucson Moderns, UAMA Art Ambassadors, UAMA Guild, and The 1954 Circle.

For more information about a specific group, email the staff liaison associated with that group.

All Affinity Groups require members to maintain a current UAMA membership (at the individual $50 level or higher). Some groups have additional fees associated with them- contact the staff liaison to learn more.

Affinity Group members- to access your group’s individual page, click on the group name. You will need your password to access the site.

 

Find Affinity Group Associated Documents here.

 


Art Patrons Society

Art Patrons Society

Staff Liaison – James Burns, UAMA Director: wjamesburns@email.arizona.edu

Purpose

The purpose of the Art Patrons Society (the Society) is to help the University of Arizona Museum of Art (UAMA) to become a more dynamic and sustainable public institution that is valued and supported by diverse audiences in Tucson, the State of Arizona, the region, and beyond.

Members of the Society accomplish this by:

  • donating and/or raising unrestricted funds to be used at the UAMA’s discretion, to support educational programming, exhibitions, collection stewardship, and other targeted UAMA projects.
  • attending at least over half of regular Society meetings (at least five out of eight per year) and actively participating by contributing expertise, experience, and points of view;
  • engaging in meaningful dialogue with UAMA and giving advice related to fundraising (especially networking and relationship stewardship) and community outreach;
  • attending and participating in UAMA events, including fundraising events, to assist in donor cultivation and stewardship;
  • promoting UAMA, as well as its programs, activities, and events, in their spheres of influence;
  • acting as advocates and ambassadors, representing  the UAMA to various constituencies and publics, including the highest levels of University administration, and local, state, and federal officials; and
  • connecting UAMA with new potential supporters who are likely and capable to make substantial gifts.

 Benefits

Members of the Society, through their service:

  • become directly involved with a museum that holds the most significant collection of artwork of any public institution in the State of Arizona;
  • help to shape the strength and the future of UAMA, displaying exemplary stewardship of the region’s cultural heritage;
  • meet and work alongside other community members who share their passion; and
  • gain regular access to UAMA’s staff of experts and the UAMA’s world-class collections.

 


Docent Council

Docent Council

Staff liaison – Olivia Miller, Curator: millero@email.arizona.edu

Purpose

The UAMA Docent Council is committed to supporting the mission of the UAMA by engaging diverse audiences in the community. As ambassadors of the UAMA, it is the docents who introduce the UAMA’s collections and exhibitions to the public and inspire the new generations of art lovers.

Members of the Docent Council accomplish this by:

  • leading interactive and engaging tours of the UAMA and public art for people of all ages and abilities;
  • offering tactile tours for the Visually Impaired;
  • reaching out in the community by giving interactive Adult Outreach presentations at libraries and senior centers;
  • providing K-12 students with meaningful arts experiences through the School Outreach program;

Benefits

Members of the Docent Council, through their service:

  • do a public service to the community by volunteering time and sharing passion and intellect;
  • participate in a comprehensive training program that supports lifelong learning in the arts;
  • are an active part of an enthusiastic group of art lovers;
  • meet people from diverse backgrounds and experiences;
  • gain a thorough knowledge of the major movements in art history and the functions of a museum;
  • participate in a robust training program with opportunities for field trips, guest speakers, and intimate viewings of artwork from the permanent collection;
  • celebrate with an annual recognition luncheon and end-of-the year potluck.


Friends of the Archive of Visual Arts

Friends of the Archive of Visual Arts

Staff liaison – Jill McCleary, Archivist: jillmccleary@email.arizona.edu

Purpose

The Friends of the Archive of Visual Arts (FAVA) supports and promotes the Archive of Visual Arts through advocacy, fundraising, and volunteering.

Members of the Friends of the AVA accomplish this by:

  • continuing to build the permanent endowment to allow for growth of staff and resources;
  • fundraising for specific projects that allow for the AVA to improve collection storage, user access, and collect significant materials;
  • providing a more thorough understanding and appreciation of the AVA to the University and beyond;
  • seeking out alumni, faculty, students, and researchers to unite in supporting the Archive of Visual Arts;

Benefits

Members of the FAVA through their service:

  • help shape the future of and ensure the sustainability of a one-of-a-kind art archives;
  • gain familiarity with Society of American Archivists’ standards and archival best practices, as well as current issues facing archives;
  • work alongside other community members with common interests;
  • network with art, archives, and museum professionals.


NextGen Youth Council

NextGen Youth Council

Staff liaison, Chelsea Farrar, Assistant Curator of Education: cjfarrar@email.arizona.edu

Purpose

The University of Arizona Museum of Art (UAMA) youth council, NextGen Youth Council, facilitates teens and young adult visibility inside the UAMA by supporting interaction between youth and visual art. NextGen Youth Council plans events at the UAMA for other youth, hosts community workshops, and speaks as a representative of the Tucson youth community to the UAMA. NextGen Youth Council encourages youth of all ages to join and encourages involvement across Tucson in promoting youth voices at the UAMA.

Members of the NextGen Youth Council accomplish this by:

  • assisting the UAMA by advocating for the UAMA with their peer groups;
  • assisting the UAMA with gaining a deeper insight into the needs of our primary constituency;
  • creating content for the UAMA’s social media pages, such as YouTube;
  • developing educational events and programming for local youth;
  • providing new ideas and fresh approaches from different perspectives.

Benefits

Members of NextGen through their service:

  • gain in-depth exposure to the workings of a museum;
  • network with art and museum professionals;
  • help drive forward a progressive and cutting-edge museum;
  • interact and collaborate  with other youth;
  • work with living artists


Public Art Alliance

Public Art Alliance

Staff Liaison, Kristen Schmidt, Registrar: kristen@email.arizona.edu

Purpose

 The Public Art Alliance (PAA) provides support for and increases awareness of the sculpture installed on the campus of the University of Arizona (UA). The PAA engages in advocacy campaigns to inspire a spirit of ownership, investment, and dialog in the UA and Tucson communities surrounding public art. The PAA also holds fundraising events in order to maintain the physical integrity of the sculpture at the UA.

Members of the Public Art Alliance accomplish this by:

  • engaging in advocacy campaigns to inspire a spirit of ownership in public art, investment in its future, and dialogue in the UA and Tucson communities;
  • holding events to fundraise for the maintenance and purchase of sculpture at the UA;
  • seeking out alumni, faculty, and students to unite in supporting the public art program.

Benefits

Members of the PAA, through their service:

  • gain knowledge of the issues surrounding public art;
  • work alongside other community members with common interests;
  • help shape the future and ensure the sustainability of the public art program on the UA campus.


MUSE

MUSE

Staff liaison – Nathan Saxton, Exhibitions Specialist: nsaxton@email.arizona.edu

Purpose

The purpose of the MUSE is twofold; to contribute to the unique student experience found at the University of Arizona, and to increase awareness of the UAMA among the student body.

Members of MUSE accomplish this by:

  • assisting the UAMA with gaining deeper insight to the needs of the student body;
  • using their unique social and academic network to build awareness of and support for the UAMA;
  • providing new ideas and fresh approaches to events and programs;
  • producing and promoting one event each semester with the purpose of increasing undergrad engagement with the UAMA;
  • attending and participating in UAMA events;
  • acting as advocates and ambassadors, representing the UAMA to the student body.

Benefits to MUSE Members

Members of MUSE, through their service:

  • gain in-depth exposure to the workings of a museum;
  • network with art and museum professionals;
  • help drive forward a progressive and cutting-edge museum;
  • gain a deeper understanding of art history;
  • interact with students and staff in other departments ;
  • gain understanding of logistics of event planning.


Tucson Moderns

Tucson Moderns

Staff liaison – Program Coordinator: artmuseum@email.arizona.edu

Purpose

The Tucson Moderns at the University of Arizona Museum of Art is a group of art lovers, between ages 18-50, who believe in the vibrancy of the Tucson community and the cultural and economic benefits art can bring to the city. They are a fundraising and friend-raising group dedicated to furthering the mission and vision of the UAMA.  These

Members of the Tucson Moderns fulfill their duties by:

  • planning and executing 1-2 unique fundraising events per year
  • supporting the UAMA’s growth of attendance and membership;
  • volunteering at 2 additional UAMA events per year;
  • attending at least half of regularly held group meetings;
  • encouraging friends, family, and colleagues to visit the UAMA and participate in events

Benefits

Members of the Tucson Moderns through their service:

  • gain experience in fundraising and development;
  • plan and participate in social events such as tours, lectures, and parties;
  • are involved in the UAMA’s future strategic planning and goals
  • meet and network with like-minded supporters who are dedicated to the arts and promoting a vital Tucson institution
  • form strong partnerships with UAMA staff and supporters on campus and in the community.


UAMA Art Ambassadors

UAMA Art Ambassadors

Staff liaison – Angela Telesco, Program Coordinator, Senior: arepp@email.arizona.edu

Purpose

 The University of Arizona  Museum of Art Ambassadors (UAMAA) are an integral part of the museum, serving as the face of the UAMA,  greeting guests in the lobby, and running the UAMA store.

Members of the UAMA Art Ambassadors accomplish this by:

  • acquiring a thorough knowledge of the UAMA;
  • ensuring visitors have appropriate tickets for entering the UAMA;
  • orienting guests to the UAMA layout, distributing museum maps, exhibit guides and membership brochures and answering various questions;
  • promoting an interest and support of the UAMA by encouraging guests to become members;
  • helping guests plan their visit as visitor flow permits;
  • running the UAMA store
  • discussing art work with a diverse range of individuals,
  • committing to  a two shift minimum per month.

 Benefits

Members of the UAMAAA, through their service:

  • become directly involved with a museum that holds the most significant collection of artwork of any public institution in the State of Arizona
  • gain in-depth exposure to the working of a museum
  • help to shape the strength and the future of UAMA, displaying exemplary stewardship of the region’s cultural heritage; and
  • meet and work alongside community members and museum professionals who share their passion
  • meet and interact with interesting guests from all around the world.


UAMA Guild

UAMA Guild

Staff liaison – Gina Compitello-Moore, Marketing Manager: ginacompitello@email.arizona.edu

Purpose

The Guild’s primary objective is to implement an annual show and sale that supports the fundraising efforts of the UAMA and the Arizona living artists’ community. This event will enrich the vibrancy of the UAMA and enhance its well-deserved reputation as a leading arts institution.

Members of the UAMA Guild accomplish this by:

  • working closely with staff on the development, promotion, and execution of the event;
  • being general UAMA ambassadors throughout the year, and promoting the UAMA and the event to their networks;
  • attending at least two thirds of regular Guild meetings (6 out of 9 per year), plus additional planning meetings;
  • committing to being an active part of the planning and execution process.

Benefits

Members of the Society, through their service:

  • gain regular access to UAMA’s staff of experts and the UAMA’s world-class collections;
  • meet and work with like-minded art lovers;
  • have the opportunity to meet and work with Arizona’s top living artists;
  • help produce essential funding for one of Arizona’s top museums;
  • gain regular access to UAMA’s staff of experts and the UAMA’s world-class collections;
  • have an inside view on the future of art in the state


1954 Circle

1954 Circle

Art Partners is now the 1954 Circle!

Staff liaison –Associate Development Officer

Interim Liaisons – Executive Director and Marketing Manager

 

Purpose

 

The purpose of the 1954 Circle is to support the Museum through fundraising and activities that assist the Museum in fulfilling its mission to engage diverse audiences, inspire critical dialogue, and champion art as essential to our lives. The 1954 Circle will create a greater awareness of, and support for, the Museum’s efforts to become an essential part of the academic and civic life of the University and surrounding communities. The 1954 Circle evolved from the Museum’s Partners Circle in 2015; the Partners were founded in 1991.

Members of the 1954 Circle accomplish their purpose by:

  • contributing and/or raising unrestricted funds to be used to support educational programming, exhibitions, collection stewardship, and other targeted UAMA projects;
  • attending at least half of regular Circle meetings per year and actively participating by contributing time, talent and resources for projects and programs;
  • assisting the Associate Development Officer with friendraising and member engagement through planned activities;
  • attending and participating in Museum events to assist the Associate Development Officer with making meaningful connections with members and potential supporters;
  • promoting UAMA, as well as its programs, activities, and events, in their spheres of influence.

 

Benefits

Members of the 1954 Circle, through their service:

  • Become directly involved with a museum that holds one of the most significant collections of artwork of any public institution in the State of Arizona;
  • Help to strengthen the UAMA, displaying exemplary stewardship of the region’s artistic heritage;
  • Meet and work alongside other community members who share their passion; and
  • Gain regular access to UAMA’s staff of experts and the Museum’s world-class collections.

Learn more about the history of Art Partners here http://uama.cfa.arizona.edu/giving-opportunities/partners


AFFINITY GROUPS COUNCIL

AFFINITY GROUPS COUNCIL

One representative from each of the Affinity groups will meet three times per year, in January, May, and September, with staff liaisons to discuss the work of each group and areas for cross promotion and collaboration.

Purpose

The Affinity Groups Council provides a forum for sharing information about the work of each of the affinity groups and is intended to increase transparency and strengthen relationships between the various groups and with UAMA staff.