Our Supporters

Your support of the Aspen Institute Arts Program makes possible public and policy convenings to champion artists and their role in society as innovators and thought leaders, and to educate and inspire us on how we can approach some of the greatest challenges of our time.


In addition to supporting the Arts Program, donors receive a range of benefits based on level of support, from pre-notification of Arts Program public events to private dinners with artists and cultural leaders, as well as invitations to select Institute wide events.  Art Circle Champions also have the opportunity to sponsor specific initiatives and programs. Our private and public convenings take place in New York, Washington D.C, Aspen, CO and beyond.

Benefits may include:

  • Private receptions and conversations with Harman/Eisner Artists in Residence and other artists and cultural leaders throughout the year and at Ideas Festival.
  • Tours of artists’ studios
  • Tours of private art collections lead by museum curators
  • Small gatherings for seminar like discussions with artists
  • Invitations to other events (performances, exhibits)  featuring Arts Program artists

Recent Events

  • Private reception with artists and cultural leaders–including Harman/Eisner Artist in Residence Marin Alsop–during the Aspen Ideas Festival.
    Virtual reception with Harman/Eisner Artist in Residence Oskar Eustis on the production of iconic two American plays: Angels in America and Hamilton.
    Virtual reception with Harman/Eisner Artists in Residence Oskar Eustis and Rita Moreno, who both spoke about their storied careers in theater.
  • Virtual tour with Harman/Eisner Artist in Residence Edmund de Waal from his London studio
  • Invitation to a one-night only event where a special Piano Sonata, composed by President and CEO of the Aspen Music Festival and School, was played amidst Harman/Eisner Artist in Residence Edmund de Waal’s exhibition Elective Affinities at The Frick Collection.
  • Reception hosted by an Aspen Institute Trustee in New York City, with a tour of the private art collection led by curator from The Whitney Museum of American Art.
  • Private reception and conversation with Harman/Eisner Artists in Residence, Rita Moreno and Edmund de Waal hosted by Aspen Institute Trustees in Aspen.
  • Reception and tour of a private art collection in New York City with Art Circle members, industry leaders and artists.

    Arts Circle Membership Support Levels

    • $2,500 – Member
    • $5,000 – Patron
    • $10,000 – Leader
    • $25,000 – Founder
    • $50,000 – Champion (sponsor opportunities for programs and initiatives)

    We are proud to have an incredible and ever-growing alumni of both rising and established artists and cultural leaders, including:

    • Saheem Ali
    • Marin Alsop
    • Dawoud Bey
    • Richard Blanco
    • Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen
    • Edmund de Waal
    • Oskar Eustis
    • Renée Fleming
    • Nataki Garrett
    • Frank Gehry
    • Jeremy O. Harris
    • Kiese Laymon
    • Kate Levin
    • Michael Murphy
    • Rita Moreno
    • Jamilla Okubo
    • Liza Jessie Peterson
    • Shanta Thake
    • Dani Shapiro
    • Anna Deavere Smith
    • Zannie Voss

    We hope you will join fellow Art Circle members in championing the work of artists and the impact they have as some of society’s greatest innovators and changemakers.

    For more information on joining the Arts Circle, please contact Erika Mallin at [email protected]

     Arts Circle members

    Judy Hart Angelo

    Rheda Becker & Robert Meyerhoff

    Paula & James S. Crown

    Michael D. & Jane B. Eisner

    Betsy Fleming

    Alan Fletcher & Ronald Schiller

    Donna & Jon Gerstenfeld

    Jan & Ronald Greenberg

    Agnes Gund

    Barbara Harman

    Jane Harman

    Sharon & Lawrence D. Hite

     Leonard Lauder & Judith Glickman-Lauder

    Melony Lewis

    Toby D. Lewis

    Anne McNulty

    Jane & Marc Nathanson

    Ann & William Nitze

    Megan Quitkin

    Roger Sant

    Anna Deavere Smith

    Gillian & Robert Steel

    Laurie M. Tisch

    Alison & Boniface Zaino

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