• Membership
  • Corporate Support
  • Benefactors
  • Planned Giving
  • Matching Gifts

Be a Real Art Ways Member.

Members keep us healthy. Members are the foundation of EVERYTHING we do.

We need your support, and we want you to know we appreciate it. There's always something new to discover at Real Art Ways. By donating to Real Art Ways - by becoming a member - you receive benefits, along with the satisfaction of knowing your support is crucial to our growth.

As a member, you receive a little extra from us:

  • Your film tickets are only $5 (as opposed to $10 regular admission).
  • You get free or discounted admission to our events.
  • You're invited to all of our Members Only receptions and events.
  • Our gratitude: your support makes everything we do possible.

You can click through to our secure pledge page or mail us your donation. And, again, thank you.

— Will K. Wilkins, Executive Director

Have a question about membership? Email us.


Members-Only Events:
exclusive gatherings, just for you.

RSVP for member events: 860.232.1006

We host a series of events throughout the year to say a little extra "thank you" to you, our members.

Past member events have included:

  • Exclusive sneak peeks before the opening of major exhibitions
  • Artist talks, including a walk-and-talk with Laura Nova
  • Members-only brunches

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Members receive discounted admission to all live arts events at Real Art Ways. Above: Burnt Sugar performs. Photo by Steve Laschever.

hirokazuMembers make our outstanding exhibitions possible.

Pictured: The Members-only sneak-peek of Rockstone and Bootheel, before the public reception.

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Members receive discounted admission to the Creative Cocktail Hour every third Thursday at Real Art Ways. Photo by Christine Laschever and Alan Taylor


We offer several different donor levels:

Benefactor: $10,000+

Make a REAL difference as a Real Art Ways Benefactor. Learn more.

Sponsor: $5,000

This level for people who really, really like us – and it really, really helps!

Patron: $2500

Make a REAL difference as a Real Art Ways Benefactor at the $2,500, $5,000, $10,000 or $15,000 levels.

Read more about giving at the Benefactor level in the Benefactor tab above.

Sustainer: $1,000

This level for people who really, really like us – and it really, really helps!

Supporter: $500

When we get a $500 donation, we all gather together and let out a cheer!

Contributor: $250

This lets us, and everyone who comes here, know that you care.

Friend: $100

This demonstrates your commitment to Real Art Ways.

Family/Household Membership: $75

This gives the member benefits to you and everyone you live with.

Individual Membership: $50

This is our basic, "it's just me and I want to be a part of it" membership with benefits for one person.

Visit Real Art Ways' secure pledge page and become a member today!

Membership donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Real Art Ways depends on the support of enlightened corporations and foundations from across the country to create and present programs that engage people, build community ties, and spark conversation.

Please contact us if your organization would be interested in partnering with Real Art Ways to present challenging, accessible and engaging programs.


If you or your company are interested in sponsoring any aspect of our programming, contact Julie Barnofski (860-232-1006 x109).

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Major Corporate and Foundation Supporters Include:

Important Corporate and Foundation Supporters Include:

  • J. Walton Bissell Foundation
  • Aaron Copland Fund for Music
  • Charney Architects
  • Fisher Foundation
  • Alexander A. Goldfarb Memorial Trust
  • The Ellen Jeanne Goldfarb Memorial Charitable Trust
  • Maximilian E. & Marion O. Hoffman Foundation
  • Knox Foundation
  • Lincoln Financial Foundation
  • National Performance Network
  • The Charles Nelson Robinson Fund
  • NewAlliance Foundation
  • The Nimoy Foundation
  • Target
  • Foundation for Contemporary Arts

Real Art Ways receives generous in-kind support from:

  • 3G Wheel
  • ACA Foods
  • AM Lithography, Inc.
  • Arbor Arts Center
  • John Bendezu
  • Catherine Blinder
  • Breck Macnab Photography
  • Anne Cubberly
  • Cummings & Good
  • DJ Lock Mess
  • East West Grille
  • Free Lunch
  • The Hartford Advocate
  • G-Alan Studios
  • Keiler & Co.
  • Laschever Photography
  • LAZ Parking
  • Michael Shortell Framing
  • Helder Mira
  • Mortal Beast and Dieties
  • Pond House Café
  • Scott's Jamaican Bakery
  • Jason Taylor
  • Westside Property Management
  • What Cheer Brigade
  • Winebow


A Special Thanks to the Major Supporters ($50,000+) towards the Development of the Real Art Ways Arts Center:
  • City of Hartford/Community Development Block Grants
  • City of Hartford/Hartford Economic
  • Development Commission
  • Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
  • Heublein, Inc.
  • State of Connecticut
A Special Thanks to Key Supporters ($25,000-$49,999) towards the Development of the Arts Center:
  • Fleet Bank
  • The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation

A Special Thanks to Supporters ($10,000-$24,999) towards the Development of the Arts Center:

  • The Hartford Courant Foundation
  • J. Walton Bissell Foundation
  • Nicholas & Liz Georgakopoulos
  • Robinson & Nancy Grover
  • Janet & Christopher Larsen
  • Ian & Lynn Stuart

A Special Thanks to Donors ($5,000-$9,999) towards the Development of the Arts Center:

  • Anonymous
  • Ensworth Charitable Trust
  • George & Grace Long Foundation
  • Helen M. Saunders Charitable Foundation
  • Philip & Robin Schonberger
  • Peter Hirschl & Lisa Silvestri
  • Alexander A. Goldfarb Memorial Trust
  • United Technologies
  • Gary E. West

A Special Thanks for the Generous In-Kind Support of:

  • Charney Architects for designing our arts center
  • East-West Builders for building it
  • The Trinity College Smart Neighborhood Initiative
  • Acorn Consulting Engineers
  • Jim Grant Associates
  • Hartford Structures
  • Catherine Blinder
  • Jeff Cowie
  • Bobbie Emery & Anne Foss
  • Paul & Gerry Sciarra
  • Lisa Silvestri
  • Frank Marchese
  • Scott Van Sicklin
Become a Benefactor at one of the following levels:

      • Exalted: $15,000      • Leading: $10,000      • Major: $5,000       • Supporting: $2,500


  • Sandy & Howard Fromson
  • Rich Charney
  • Gary E. West
  • Marjorie Morrissey
  • Stephen B. Fields
  • Robinson & Nancy Grover
  • Michael Grunberg
  • Jean G. Sanderson
  • James Bridgeman
  • Audrey Conrad
  • Peter Grzybala & Diane Korntheuer
  • Ann Z. Leventhal
  • Robin Roncari



  • Support the imagination, innovation, and creativity of artists through exhibitions in one of the country’s most successful alternative spaces
  • Stimulate dialogue, interaction, free expression, and exchange of ideas

Visual Arts benefactors are invited to meet artists and curators at four private benefactor receptions per year


  • Support Real Art Ways’ Cinema, a film festival year round, showcasing international and independent films seven nights a week
  • Contribute to special programming, including meet-the-filmmaker nights, Family Fest, film discussions, and Film Fieldtrips for students and seniors

Film benefactors are invited to host their own private cinema
party to screen a film of their choice each year


  • Support children’s access to the arts and educational enrichment
  • Provide for hands-on programs like ParkArt, Family Fest, and Film Fieldtrips

Education benefactors are invited to the annual ParkArt party and a special Film Fieldtrip event to meet participating students and fellow benefactors


Planned Giving

Your support is what has sustained Real Art Ways - and allowed us to thrive - through the years. Please consider leaving us a gift in your will. See Leave a Legacy for more information about how you can plan these important contributions.

Non-profit organizations like Real Art Ways need financial assistance from people like you to continue their work. More than 80% of Americans contribute to the nonprofit groups of their choice throughout their lifetimes. But according to research conducted in 2000, only around eight percent of people chose to continue this support through a charitable bequest.

By making bequests and other "planned gifts," you can continue to help organizations that are making an important difference in your community.

Charitable Statistics: An Untapped Well of Good

  • There are more than 260 million Americans, of whom approximately two million die each year.
  • In 1996, 79,346 estate tax forms were filed with the federal government. (At the time, these forms were required for estates in excess of $600,000.)
  • 18% of the forms listed a charitable gift.
  • In other words, 82% of the nation's wealthiest individuals left nothing to charity.
  • In addition, the IRS tells us that charity is getting a decreasing share of the money in these wealthy estates, from 21.8% in 1976 to 6.3% in 1992.
  • According to a 2004 Associated Press news story, only 42% of adults have wills, a five percent drop since 2000.

Read stories from donors who have planned gifts, about the different ways in which you can give, and the difference you can make on the Leave a Legacy site.

Contact Julie Barnofski if you to discuss making a planned gift to Real Art Ways.


Matching Gifts Item

Does your company match employees' contributions to charitable organizations? Your membership or benefactor contribution to Real Art Ways is tax-deductible and eligible for matching gift programs. Please remember to send us your company's matching gift form with your annual contribution!

We deeply appreciate your support. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions, thoughts, or ideas for how we can work together.

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