Cedarhurst exists for individuals and because of individuals. Your involvement and support are crucial in advocating for art and culture and sustaining the mission of Cedarhurst. Support can take several forms, and many come with tax benefits. (Cedarhurst is a recognized 501(c)3 organization.) Cedarhurst makes it easy to get involved.


The easiest way to support Cedarhurst is simply by becoming a member. Membership support helps ensure that Cedarhurst remains a cultural leader, continually evolving to inspire, enrich, and educate all visitors. Plus, membership garners great benefits for you! From free general admission to priority registration and discounts on ticketed programs, membership is truly the best way to stay connected and the easiest way to support Cedarhurst. For more information contact Director of Visitor Engagement Courtney Kabat.

View our membership levels and benefits, and join here  

Gift Memberships

Once you become part of the Cedarhurst family, you will undoubtedly want to share it with others. The easiest way to do this is through gift memberships. This brings fellow friends into the Cedarhurst circle and advocates for the museum’s well-being. Purchase one today! 

Reciprocal Museums
NARMAs a “card-carrying” member of Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, at the Patron Level ($150) and higher, you can enjoy free access to many museums across the country! It’s all part of the NARM (North American Reciprocal Museums) program, a partnership program in which Cedarhurst participates so that you can get more from your membership.

To see a listing of all the museums to which you have access, visit narmassociation.org.

Dog Membership


With the purchase of a Dog Membership you can help make it possible to keep the Goldman-Kuenz Sculpture Park clean, comfortable, and safe for you and your 4-legged friend(s).

View our Dog Membership perks and guidelines here.


Did you know that many companies will double or even triple gifts made to Cedarhurst by matching employee contributions dollar for dollar or more? This means you can double the impact of your support!

As many as one in ten corporations and educational institutions offer Matching Gift programs for their employees. Contact your human resources department to see if your employer is one of them!



Sponsorship of annual programs is a vital source of financial support for Cedarhurst and a visible demonstration of your commitment to enriching the lives of people throughout southern Illinois.

From exhibitions and concerts to school programs and special events, Cedarhurst offers a diverse range of opportunities and giving levels.

To learn more contact Executive Director Hillary Esser.



Cedarhurst has numerous giving campaigns that support various projects and celebrations taking place at the museum. These requests are guided by the organization’s Strategic Plan, but often fall outside the capability of the museum’s annual operating budget.

Contact Executive Director Hillary Esser for more information.



One of the most important things you can do for yourself and those you care about is to plan your legacy thoughtfully. Planned gifts made to Cedarhurst have a profound impact on the organization and often provide tax advantages for donors and their families.

While unrestricted gifts allow the Museum to allocate funds to the areas of greatest need, your Legacy Gift can also be designated to support a specific Endowment Fund or Giving Campaign, secure a special Naming Opportunity, or create a lasting Memorial. Click the links to learn more about planned giving and legacy gifts, or contact Executive Director Hillary Esser.


Individuals who give $250 or more are recognized in the museum’s Biennial Report, and will receive marketing benefits in accordance with giving level.

Individuals who give $500 or more are recognized on the Annual Donors plaque located at the front of the Mitchell Museum. Donors at this level are also eligible for a discounted rental of Cedarhurst venues.

Individuals who give $1,000 or more are invited to attend the annual Chairman’s Dinner, an evening of appreciation hosted by the Cedarhurst Board of Trustees to show gratitude to major donors.

Individuals who give major gifts of $50,000 or more, or whose cumulative gifts total the same number, are recognized in perpetuity on the museum’s Donor Tribute plaque, located at the front of the Mitchell Museum.

Donor Board