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National Museum of Wildlife Art Contributes Memberships to Santa Fund November 21, 2013  |  Categories: Education

Santa and the National Museum of Wildlife Art are partnering for holiday giving with donations to the Santa Claus Fund. Left, Santa makes a guest appearance at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, right.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – November 21, 2013 – The holidays are a favorite time for Jackson Hole art lovers to purchase National Museum of Wildlife Art memberships as gifts for friends and family. Now patrons can also share the gift of art with local families in need this holiday season through a matching contribution initiative by the museum in partnership with the Santa Claus Fund. For each membership purchased between now and December 30 – whether by a patron joining the museum or purchasing memberships as gifts for others – the museum will donate a family membership to the Santa Fund, announced Rachel Merrell, assistant director of development for the museum.

“We’re happy to offer our patrons this chance to share their love of art with the community at large. It’s great for kids who might not otherwise come in to get to participate in the fun of our Children’s Discovery Center, or for families to get an insider preview of important new exhibitions with our ‘sneak peek’ events, or attend the many family-friendly and fun activities and events that are free with museum membership,” says Merrell. “We’re thrilled to be working with the Santa Claus Fund giving matching memberships again this holiday season. It’s a win-win for the entire community.” Individual memberships to the National Museum of Wildlife Art are $45; family memberships start at $90.

Founded in 1978 and administered through the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, the Santa Claus Fund carries out the mission of anonymously providing holiday gifts for the less fortunate children of Teton County, Wyo.

Other community giving initiatives from the museum during the month of December include each staff member giving away three family memberships to local families who don’t yet belong to the museum. “Also, during our ‘Wild About the Season’ First Sundays program on December 1, the museum will be collecting used books, non-perishable food, and items for women and their families. The books will be donated to the Children’s Learning Center and the Teton County Library, the canned and packaged food items to the Jackson Hole Food Cupboard, and hats, gloves and kitchen items to the Community Safety Network,” says Merrell

In addition to its busy art exhibition schedule, the National Museum of Wildlife Art offers a full schedule of year-round community programming, with some 100 free events including art-making activities, films, lectures, Art in Action guest artist workshops, cultural fun on the museum’s new Sculpture Trail and much more. The museum also provides free high-quality educational enrichment for school children, from online and onsite curriculum for teachers to student art contests and thematic school tours. And the museum becomes a vibrant community gathering space during popular social happenings like its monthly First Sundays and Mix’d Media events.

A member of the Association of Art Museum Directors and the Museums West consortium and accredited by the American Association of Museums, the museum, officially designated the National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States by an act of Congress in 2008, provides an exciting calendar of exhibitions from its permanent collection and changing exhibitions from around the globe.  A complete schedule of exhibitions and events is available online at www.wildlifeart.org.  The museum is also active on Facebook and on Twitter at @WildlifeArtJH.

Media Contacts: Darla Worden, WordenGroup Strategic Public Relations, 307.734.5335, darla@wordenpr.com; Ponteir Sackrey, National Museum of Wildlife Art, 307.732.5444, psackrey@wildlifeart.org