Invest in the Future: Support the Academy Art Museum Today

Since the Academy Art Museum’s earliest days in 1958, far-sighted donations—funds for both a building and endowment, as well as gifts of art—laid the foundation for the Eastern Shore’s premier art museum. Ever since that time, thousands of people have joined the Academy Art Museum’s family of friends and supporters to help bring art and people together for enjoyment, discovery and learning.

Through your own financial planning, you can do something special to support the Academy Art Museum as it prepares to meet the future cultural needs of our community. In conjunction with your attorney, accountant or financial advisor, it is possible to craft a gift that meets the financial goals of you and your family, while making a significant investment in the Museum.

Donors who make a provision for the Museum in their estate plans can choose from a variety of options, including bequests, or naming the Museum as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy or a retirement account.

A bequest designates a gift for the Academy Art Museum in your will, your trust, or another vehicle such as your retirement account. You may arrange for the Museum to receive a specific dollar amount, a percentage of your estate, or other specified assets.

Planned gifts provide the resources that create extraordinary opportunities and shape the future.

Join the Renaissance Society!

The Academy Art Museum recognizes individuals who have provided for the Museum in their estates with membership in the Renaissance Society. Members of the Renaissance Society receive a welcome gift upon joining and acknowledgement in the Museum’s annual report and other donor listings. Perhaps the greatest benefit is the satisfaction of knowing that your contribution will advance the Academy Art Museum in years to come.

We strongly encourage you to consult with your own qualified advisors to determine how different giving options might affect your personal tax and estate planning objectives. The Development Office staff is happy to provide assistance to your advisors at your request. Email with any questions you may have.

Marty and Bill Read

When Bill and I made the first plans for our new Charitable Remainder Unitrust, we designated 6 or 8 charities that we had been supporting for some years, and none included “hometown” organizations—probably only because, as a Navy family, we had lived many places in the U.S. and abroad, several for only a year or two. But after a few years of retirement in Easton, we realized we now actually had a hometown and wanted to support it as best we could.

Many places jumped into our minds, but none with more splendid arguments than the Art Academy. The building needed improvements, the classes needed to be expanded, the roster of instructors enlarged, the list of special activities improved, and so on, but the location was superb and the cause compelling. We scratched off some names that had long been on that list that we designated to receive donations at our deaths and added the Art Academy (its name then), and some other worthy causes around this town. A good move we thought at the time and I do so now.  Bill died twelve years ago, but he was an enthusiastic supporter at the time we made the decision and would be today! I cheer the Academy Art Museum on in its launch of the Renaissance Society, and in all that it is doing to improve and embellish the organization and this lovely town.