Patrons

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Overview

Patrons are individuals who are passionate about the arts and humanities and the interdisciplinary, international context of the American Academy in Rome. Patrons benefit from a rich and exclusive program of events in New York and Rome drawn from the work of Fellows and Residents. Patrons’ dues provide leadership support of the Fellows, Residents, and AAR programs. Participation is at two levels: the President’s Council and the Chairman’s Council.

Events for Patrons of the AAR take place in both the United States and Italy.

Levels of Support

President’s Council

$10,000 annually for an individual or couple.

Enjoy benefits such as:

  • Invitations to private tours, talks, and performances in New York with leading artists, authors, designers, scholars, architects, and composers
  • Dinners and receptions with the speakers following the Academy’s Conversations/Conversazioni series in New York and around the United States
  • Select Academy and Fellow publications

Chairman’s Council

$25,000 annually for an individual or couple.

Enjoy all of the above, plus invitations such as:

  • Annual Trustees’ Week in early June, with privileged access to sites throughout Rome, and special evening events. Features the legendary Walks and Talks with Rome Prize winners (additional costs associated)
  • Trustees’ Trip to museums and sites in Italy following Trustees’ Week. This weekend excursion is led by the Academy’s President and key experts (additional costs associated)
  • Dinner following the April Rome Prize Ceremony in New York with an opportunity to meet the latest Rome Prize winners before they head to Rome

All Patrons also receive benefits of Friends of the Academy in Italy at the highest level, including invitations to Rome-based events such as:

  • Private tours of sites and collections in Rome not normally open to the public by leading archaeologists, art historians, and artists
  • Opportunity to host a private cocktail reception in Villa Aurelia’s Mark Hampton Library and terrace for up to ten guests
  • Day trip in Italy with Fellows and leading Academy scholars and artists
  • Dinner at the Academy following the Fall Welcome Reception with the new Rome Prize winners
  • All Academy events in Rome, such as members-only previews of exhibitions with curators and artists and exclusive dinners and receptions with artists, composers, writers, scholars, and architects
  • Meals with the Academy community, prepared by the renowned Rome Sustainable Food Project, designed by Alice Waters (additional costs associated)
  • Access to all Academy resources, including the Arthur and Janet C. Ross Library, the Archaeological Study Collection, and the Photographic Archive

Patrons Events

Slideshow of Patrons members enjoying private tours and lectures at New York events
Patrons members enjoying private tours and lectures at New York events

Past Patrons events have included:

  • Cocktail reception and viewing of The Mile-Long Opera: a biography of 7 o’clock at the High Line with the composer David Lang (1991 Fellow, 2017 Resident, AAR Trustee)
  • Progressive dinner celebration of the tenth anniversary of the Rome Sustainable Food Project with the chef, restaurateur, and RSFP founder Alice Waters and the artist Ann Hamilton (2017 Resident)
  • Private tour of Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art led by the curator Carmen C. Bambach (1994 Fellow, 2005 Affiliated Fellow)
  • Dinner with the author Ayad Akhtar (2018 Resident) and AAR President and CEO Mark Robbins (1997 Fellow) following Conversations/Conversazioni: The Body Politic

Trustees’ Week

Slideshow of Patrons participating in Trustees’ Week events including Walks and Talks throughout the city of Rome and receptions in the historic McKim, Mead & White Building
Patrons participating in Trustees’ Week events including Walks and Talks throughout the city of Rome and receptions in the historic McKim, Mead & White Building

A benefit for Patrons at the Chairman’s Council level, Trustees’ Week showcases the unique interdisciplinary environment of the Academy while providing an opportunity to interact with the Fellows and see their work up close. At the heart of this five-day program, held in June, are the Walks and Talks: tours of sites and monuments throughout Rome that showcase the Fellows’ work and offer entirely unique ways to explore Rome’s multifaceted history, art, architecture, and culture. In addition to these walking tours of the city, Patrons are invited to tour Fellows’ studios during Open Studios, an annual event also featuring poetry readings and musical performances.

Trustees’ Week offers exclusive visits to private collections, homes, and estates in Rome. Past events have included a private cocktail reception in the Sistine Chapel, dinner at famed Antinori vineyard, Fattoria di Fiorano, and lunch at Palazzo Orsini, a Renaissance palace built atop the arches of the first-century Teatro di Marcello.

Patrons are able to join the McKim Medal Gala, a special evening at the stunning Villa Aurelia honoring important contributions to Italian culture.