Affinity Groups

Affinity Groups offer our members opportunities for deeper engagement with the museum’s collection through special tours and lectures with curators at the CMA, as well as unique opportunities to visit local venues such as private collections and artist studios. Each group has a distinct identity with programs designed especially for its members. Within these groups, you receive exclusive access to curators, artists, and exceptional programs.

All members of the Cleveland Museum of Art can join Affinity Groups to tailor their membership experience to fit their unique interests. One can join by paying dues to the group of their choice, or those at the Associate level ($250) or above can join at least one group with complimentary dues. For more information about CMA membership level benefits, please click here.

This newly launched group celebrates, explores, and learns about the museum’s world-class Asian art collection and its special exhibitions through education programs.

Immerse yourself in Cleveland’s vibrant arts community as a member of Column & Stripe, the Cleveland Museum of Art’s young friends group.

View and discuss works of contemporary art with our group of enthusiasts, collectors, and connoisseurs. Share insights and experiences by participating in exciting programming, which includes lectures, tours, and social events that explore the constantly changing art of our times.

The Friends of African and African American Art was founded to celebrate, stimulate, and encourage the study of works created by African and African American artists.

The Friends of Photography (FOP) invites individuals who are interested in photography and dedicated to the growth of the Cleveland Museum of Art's photography collection to join its membership.

The Musart Society supports the activities of the Department of Performing Arts, Music, and Film at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

The Textile Art Alliance (TAA) is an affinity group of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Its mission is to encourage and maintain interest in the textile arts, to enlarge the textile collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art, and to further the understanding and appreciation of textiles by offering lectures, workshops, and exhibitions.


Affiliate Groups

Affiliate Groups are also special interest groups of the Cleveland Museum of Art that offer opportunities for deeper engagement with the museum as well as off-site collections and venues. These groups have a different dues structure along with different procedures for member registration.

The Painting and Drawing Society is for museum members who are interested in European and American old master and early modern paintings and drawings (before 1960). Our aim is to educate members, encourage collecting, and support the growth of the painting and drawing collections of the museum.

The Print Club of Cleveland, which celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2019, supports the Department of Prints and Drawings at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Founded in 1941, the Womens Council plays an active support role for the Cleveland Museum of Art.