Welcome to the information page for the Fine Arts Museums’ Volunteer Council! Here, you’ll find information about volunteering for the de Young and Legion of Honor including an overview of our various volunteer opportunities, benefits offered, frequently asked questions, and how to get involved.
Deepen the role that art plays in your life by joining our Patrons Circle.
Major gifts of support have a significant impact on the Museum’s ability to present new exhibitions, offer the highest-quality of educational programming, and engage audiences in interactive experiences with art. They enable the conservation of FAMSF’s collections, and inspire capital projects which support asset-building needs. Major gifts come in many forms and can be made through cash contributions, gifts of appreciated securities, bequests and planned gifts, or in-kind gifts such as contributions of valuable art.
What kind of impact does your company want to have in the community? What kind of cultural engagement opportunities do you envision for your employees?
Membership in the Business Council engages businesses of all sizes and from a wide variety of industries in the cultural life of our community and demonstrates a company's commitment to the arts.
Locally rooted and internationally engaged, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco strive to connect visitors with local and global art to illuminate the past, speak of the present, and shape the future. Through a legacy gift, you can join other passionate supporters in ensuring access to the Museums’ collections, exhibitions, and education programs for visitors of all ages and backgrounds for generations to come.
The Japanese Print in the Era of Impressionism introduces audiences to the development of the Japanese print over two centuries (1700–1900) and reveals its profound influence on Western art during the era of Impressionism. This exhibition complements the de Young Museum’s presentations of paintings from the Musée d'Orsay, many of which are aesthetically indebted to concepts of Japanese art.
La ville lumière—“the City of Light”: Paris earned this nickname during the 19th century with the proliferation of gas lamps that lit up the French capital, turning night into day and boosting its economic vitality. Moreover, the radiance of the metropolis transcended the glow of its streetlights as Paris ascended to its role as the cultural capital of Europe. Authors, composers, and especially visual artists—painters, sculptors, printmakers, and photographers—thrived in this dazzling setting.
Additional support provided by GOODBYES.
Already an established writer known for his pacifist sympathies and the 1941 anti-war novel Journal of Albion Moonlight, Kenneth Patchen (1911–1972) and his wife, Miriam, settled in the Telegraph Hill neighborhood of San Francisco in 1950. They became friendly with Lawrence Ferlinghetti, founder of the City Lights publishing company and bookstore and Patchen became a contributor to Ferlinghetti’s Pocket Poets series.