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Laguna Art Museum Celebrates New Philanthropic Giving Group With Inaugural Dinner and Awards Night

Posted on September 30, 2022

Expanding support efforts and reinforcing its mission to elevate the museum to new heights, the Laguna Art Museum recently established the Directors Circle, a new high-level patronage group comprised of museum members whose philanthropic support will enable the mission of the museum to flourish.

Donations from the Directors’ Circle directly support the museum’s major initiatives, educational programs, exhibits, and community engagement. Members of this special group have access to unique opportunities and connect with other patrons to learn about museum initiatives and help the organization continue to grow as a sustainable and vibrant institution.

“While we have a strong staff and board at the museum to guide us, it will take individual members of our community to achieve our goals and our vision to be a locally loved and nationally recognized organization” , said Julie Perlin Lee, Managing Director. of the Laguna Art Museum. “Over the past year, we have developed several programs, both public and private, and among the most important is the creation of the Directors’ Circle.”

On September 15, the museum celebrated the new group of donors with an inaugural dinner and awards night at beautiful Montage Laguna Beach, one of the evening’s major sponsors. The event was filled with energy and excitement as Haddy Music provided entertainment, with flowers from Cargo Creative, and delicious food and cocktails. Guests were also treated to limited edition Electro Florals created by 2022 Directors Circle artist Baldemar Fierro, and joined by artist John Sonsini, whose work is currently on display at the museum, and future artist Art & Nature 2022 Rebeca Mendez.

The evening also toasted Californian art historian Nancy Dustin Wall Moure for receiving the Wendt Prize for her contribution to the arts and honored Ranney and Priscilla Draper with the Anna Hills Prize for their generous support of the Laguna Art Museum. and the creation of a $1 million museum endowment fund. , as well as their dedication to supporting artistic, environmental and educational causes that strengthen the local community.

“One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation of the Anna Hills Award to Ranney and Priscilla Draper for their generous donation of $1 million to the museum’s endowment,” said Perlin Lee. “After the event, the museum learned that the generosity of the Draper family inspired not one, but two people to pledge $100,000 gifts to ensure the longevity of the Laguna Art Museum in our beautiful city.”

The museum offers a variety of support groups and membership levels that help keep access to art alive and thriving. For more information on the Laguna Art Museum, visit To stay connected and find out about upcoming events, follow the museum on Facebook, instagramand Twitter.

[Left to Right] LAM Board Chairman Joe Hanauer, Anna Hills Award recipient Ranney Draper, LAM Trustee Rick Balzer and Julie Perlin Lee, Executive Director of LAM

Image courtesy of Laguna Museum of Art

About the Laguna Art Museum

The Laguna Art Museum is California’s museum of art. It collects, maintains and exhibits works of art created by Californian artists or depicting the life and history of the state. Through its permanent collection, special loan exhibitions, educational programs, library and archives, the museum enhances public knowledge and appreciation of Californian art from all periods and styles and encourages the erudition in art history in this field.

The Laguna Art Museum is just steps from the Pacific Ocean in beautiful Laguna Beach. The museum is proud to continue the tradition of the Laguna Beach Art Association, founded in 1918 by early California artists who fostered a vibrant art community. The gallery that the association built in 1929 is part of the current Laguna Art Museum.

For more information, please visit

The Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Drive in Laguna Beach, at the corner of Coast Highway and Cliff Drive.

New timetables (from September 12, 2022)

Tuesday-Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Closed Mondays, except Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth and Labor Day.

Closed July 4, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day

Laura Lanzi

Public Relations and Marketing Specialist

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