Become A Member

Do you have questions about the Art Center's new membership levels and benefits? Read our responses to frequently asked questions.

Membership Base Benefits

Member Favorite

Opportunity to participate in member groups – Art Noir and Print Club

Member Favorite

20% discount for studio classes, camps, and workshops

10% discount in Museum Shop + double discount for members four times per year

New benefit

Free admission to monthly Yoga + Gallery Dialogues

New benefit

Invitation to annual member summer social

New benefit

Regional travel opportunities with Art Center's Member Travel Program

New benefit

Eligibility to participate in My Museum Monday

Mailed invitation to exhibition openings

Subscription to Art Center NEWS

Invitation to Art Center gala

  • Saarinen

    INDIVIDUAL ($50–$74)

    Individual level membership includes the Art Center's base benefits for one adult over the age of 18.

    Students (full-time and degree-seeking), seniors (65+), artists, educators, and active military personnel receive a 20% discount on memberships at the Individual level! If you qualify, click here to take advantage of your discount.

  • Pei

    dual / household ($75–$139)

    Dual / Household level membership includes the Art Center's base benefits for up to two adults in the same household and any dependent children or grandchildren under 18 years of age.

  • Meier

    ambassador ($140–$249)

    Ambassador level membership includes the Art Center's benefits at all previous levels for up to two adults in the same household and any dependent children or grandchildren under 18 years of age.

    Additional benefits include:

    • ​Free admission and member benefits at more than 1,000 museums in North America
    • Invitation to early access day with continental breakfast
    • National travel opportunities with the Art Center's Member Travel Program
    • Invitation to attend one Art for Lunch annually—six offerings per year
  • Saarinen

    influencer ($250–$549)

    Influencer level membership includes the Art Center's benefits at all previous levels for up to two adults in the same household and any dependent children or grandchildren under 18 years of age.

    Additional benefits include:

    • Free admission and reciprocal member benefits at an additional 70+ modern and contemporary museums in the U.S. and Canada
    • Member discount on facility rentals
    • Membership in member group Salon 4700 with no additional fees
    • Recognition in the Des Moines Art Center annual report
  • Pei

    activator ($550–$1,249)

    Activator level membership includes the Art Center's benefits at all previous levels for up to two adults in the same household and any dependent children or grandchildren under 18 years of age.

    Additional benefits include:

    • Invitation to Activator brunch or after-hours cocktails
    • Recognition at all major exhibition openings
    • 20% discount on Individual and Dual / Household gift memberships for new members
  • Meier

    CUrator's circle ($1,250–$2,999)

    Curator's Circle level membership includes the Art Center's benefits at all previous levels for up to two adults in the same household and any dependent children or grandchildren under 18 years of age.

    Additional benefits include:

    • Invitation to private exhibition celebration with curators or director
    • Access to member lounge at signature community event
    • Select opportunity to participate in Philanthropic Circle activities
  • Meier

    philanthropic circle ($3,000–$10,000+)

    Curator's Circle level membership includes the Art Center's benefits at all previous levels for up to two adults in the same household and any dependent children or grandchildren under 18 years of age.

    Additional benefits include:

    • First invitation to travel internationally with Art Center Director, when applicable
    • Insider access to the collections with curators and the director
    • One complimentary Dual / Household gift membership for a new member annually
    • 20% discount in the Museum Shop
    • Recognition on donor panel at the following levels: $3,000, $5,000, $10,000, $15,000, $20,000, $25,000, $50,000, $100,000+
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