Through these and other past fund-raisers, the Women’s Committee has successfully raised over $1.4 million since 1990 for the Walters Art Museum and has become a major benefactor. These revenues have provided funding for the following:
Education Endowment Fund supporting ongoing and special programs
Special Exhibitions notably:
- Walter Wick: Games, Gizmos and Toys in the Attic
- Heroes: Mortals & Myths in Ancient Greece
- The Saint John’s Bible: A Modern Vision Through Medieval Methods
- Bedazzled: 5000 Years of Jewelry
- Gee’s Bend: The Architecture of the Quilt
Special Projects notably:
- Renovation of the Palazzo and Centre Street buildings
- Mosaic Map, Level 2 Lobby
- Family Art Center and family programs
- Technology Initiative
Margaret Singley Flower Fund supporting floral arrangements that the committee provides for the museum each week and for special events.
The Women’s Committee also raises friends and limited funds through a traveling presentation about Art Blooms to garden clubs and other organizations. If you are interested in having a presentation, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Women’s Committee was established by the Board of Trustees in 1963. Two major challenges faced the Board: a controversial bond issue to finance the 1974 wing and the restoration of the Walters house, which had been badly damaged by fire.
The twelve original members first tackled the renovation of the Parlor. To fund this project, they established a three-day cooking school taught by a famous chef. The annual cooking school flourished for 15 years. An outgrowth of the cooking school was the first museum cookbook Private Collections which gained national acclaim and is now in its sixth and final printing.
Subsequently, the Jewelry Fair, the Egyptian Bazaar, the Book Fair, lectures and luncheons, the Discovery Tours, and Art Blooms have enabled the Committee to contribute both funds and support in promoting the interests of the Walters Art Museum. Along with contributing to the general operating costs, the committee has funded special exhibitions, contributed to the Education Endowment Fund, restored The Parlor in the Walters house to its original state, installed a new staff kitchen and has given generously to the Flower Fund.
Additionally, the Committee has assisted with membership drives, established, with the staff, the volunteer guide program and was responsible for the renovation and rejuvenation of the Museum Store.