Do you love art as much as we do? Since you’ve already taken the plunge to become a member, chances are good, so why not go one step further and join one of our awesome member engagement groups? The Telfair Academy Guild, William Jay Society, Friends of African American Arts, Friends of the Owens-Thomas House, and Gari Melchers Collectors’ Society—these special groups of Telfair members bring together devoted people who share a passion for the arts, a love of their community, and a desire to let loose and have a little fun!
If you are not already a member, you will need an active Telfair membership in order to join any of our member engagement groups. The cost of joining a group is in addition to your regular museum membership.
Telfair Academy Guild
In 1976, the Telfair Academy Guild (TAG) was founded by a small group of women whose aim was to support the goals and activities of the Telfair Museums through volunteerism. From a nucleus of about 40 women, the group has grown nearly tenfold. Membership is open to anyone who is a member of the museum and who is interested in supporting TAG’s activities.
$50 Supporting TAG Member
William Jay Society
The William Jay Society (WJS) is a group of Savannah’s young professionals who share an enthusiasm and appreciation for art and Telfair Museums. WJS’ mission is to promote the museum’s goals and its commitment to developing awareness, understanding, and appreciation of art.
Friends of African American Arts
Friends of African American Arts (FAAA) was established in 2006 to raise public awareness and to promote the appreciation and development of art created by African Americans. The goals of the group are to increase knowledge and awareness of African American art and history, to promote the private acquisition of African American art, to acquire African American artworks for Telfair Museums, and to support the museum’s mission.
Friends of the Owens-Thomas House
Friends of the Owens-Thomas House (FOT) is dedicated to supporting the Owens-Thomas House and Slave Quarters, the house museum and National Historic Landmark designed by William Jay in 1816. Located on Oglethorpe Square, the site encompasses the main house, urban slave quarters, a carriage house, and a parterre garden created in the mid-20th century to replace the original working garden.
$100 and up
Gari Melchers Collectors’ Society
The Gari Melchers Collectors’ Society (GMCS) exists to support and promote the expansion of the museum’s permanent collection, and to provide its members with exclusive programs and educational opportunities that enhance their enjoyment and appreciation of art.
$500 and up