Our Supporters

Supporters of the Aspen Institute Arts Program provide critical funding  and core support for the Program’s work and growth. The mission of the Aspen Institute Arts Program is to honor and give platform to artists and cultural leaders as some of society’s most important innovators and influencers.


Arts Circle donors receive a range of benefits based on level of support, from pre-notification of public events, and invitations to Institute wide events, to private dinners and other direct access to artists and private Aspen Institute events.  Art Circle Champions also have the opportunity to sponsor specific initiatives and programs.

Recent Events

  • Invitation to a “one-night only” event where a special Piano Sonata, composed by President and CEO of the Aspen Music Festival and School, was played amidst Harman/Eisner Artist in Residence Edmund de Waal’s exhibition Elective Affinities at The Frick Collection.
  • Reception hosted by an Aspen Institute Trustee in New York City, with a tour of the private art collection lead by curator from The Whitney Museum of American Art.
  • Private reception and conversation with Harman/Eisner Artists-in-Residence, Rita Moreno and Edmund de Waal hosted by several Aspen Institute Trustees in Aspen.
  • Invitation to Harman/Eisner Artist in Residence Edmund de Waal’s installation opening at The Frick Collection.
  • Reception and tour of a private art collection in New York City with Art Circle members, industry leaders and artists.
  • Evening cocktail reception with Harman/Eisner Artist-in-Residence, Ava DuVernay, preceding her interview during Aspen Ideas Health, with priority seating access for all Arts Circle members.
  • Private luncheon with Harman/Eisner Artist-in-Residence, Frank Gehry, at the home of an Aspen Institute Trustee.

Arts Circle Membership Funding Levels

  • $10,000 – Member
  • $25,000 – Founder
  • $50,000 – Champion

For more information on joining the Arts Circle, please contact Erika Mallin.

        Committee on the Arts and Culture of the Board of Trustees

Michael D. Eisner, Chair • Michelle Smith, Vice Chair • Mercedes T. Bass • Paula Crown • Anna Deavere Smith • Alan Fletcher • Jane Harman • Leonard Lauder • Melony Lewis • Anne McNulty • Jane Nathanson • Laurie M. Tisch

             Arts Circle members – 2020

Judy Hart Angelo

Mercedes T. Bass

Rheda Becker & Robert Meyerhoff

Paula & James S. Crown

Michael D. & Jane B Eisner

Alan Fletcher & Ronald Schiller

Donna & Jon Gerstenfeld

Judith Glickman-Lauder & Leonard Lauder

Jan & Ronald Greenberg

Agnes Gund

Barbara Harman

Jane Harman

Sharon & Lawrence D. Hite

Melony Lewis

Toby D. Lewis

Anne McNulty

Ann & William Nitze

Megan Quitkin

Roger Sant

Michelle Smith

Gillian & Robert Steel

Laurie M. Tisch

Alison & Boniface Zaino


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