Friends of the Academy

Color photograph of a garden party at the American Academy in Rome, with people talking in small groups near a snack and drink table

Overview

Friends of the AAR support the dynamic activities of the American Academy in Rome and take part in exclusive cultural and social events with the Academy community of artists and scholars. Yearly membership dues provide important support for the Fellows, Residents, and programs, ensuring that the Academy continues to thrive as a center for ideas, creativity, and innovation.

Levels of Support

Young Friend

$100 annually for an individual under forty.

Enjoy benefits such as:

  • Invitation to the annual Fall Reception to welcome new Rome Prize Fellows and Italian Fellows
  • Invitation to the Summer Garden Party
  • Rome Sustainable Food Project buffet lunch with the AAR community, Monday–Friday*
  • All public events throughout the year

Contributor

$250 annually for an individual or couple

Enjoy all of the above, plus:

  • Rome Sustainable Food Project buffet lunch with the AAR community, Monday–Saturday*
  • Acknowledgement on the AAR website

Donor

$1,000 annually for an individual or couple.

Enjoy all of the above, plus invitations such as:

  • Private preview of AAR exhibitions with curators and artists
  • Special access to the Academy Bar and buffet lunches*
  • Reserved seating for select events
  • Guided tour of the McKim, Mead & White Building and Villa Aurelia
  • Acknowledgement in the McKim Medal Gala program and in AAR Magazine

Sponsor

$2,500 annually for an individual or couple.

Enjoy all of the above, plus invitations such as:

  • Exclusive dinners and receptions with artists, composers, writers, scholars, and architects
  • Visits to unique sites, private collections, and artist’s studios
  • Catalogues of Academy exhibitions
  • Behind-the-scenes walking tours with Academy scholars and artists

Benefactor

$5,000 annually for an individual or couple.

Enjoy all of the above, plus invitations such as:

  • Day trip with Academy scholars and artists
  • Dinners with Academy President, Director, and Trustees
  • Select events with Academy Trustees during the annual Trustees’ Week
  • Opportunity to host a private cocktail reception in the Villa Aurelia’s Mark Hampton Library and terrace for up to ten guests

* Buffet lunches and items at the Academy Bar are subject to an additional fee.

Friends Events

Color photograph of two women talking in front of a snack and drink table in the American Academy in Rome garden
The annual Friends of the Academy garden party

Friends have enjoyed events such as a conversation over breakfast at Caffè delle Arti followed by a private visit to the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna with 2016 Fellow Katharine Larson; a day trip visiting the Gardens of Ninfa and La Landriana with Academy Fellows, Andrew Heiskell Arts Director Peter Benson Miller, and Bass Superintendent of Gardens Alessandra Vincigeurra; and a hands-on pasta-making workshop with the chefs and interns of the Rome Sustainable Food Project followed by a special pasta lunch with the AAR community of artists and scholars.

Other Memberships