Friday, June 7, 2024

Boca Museum Bands Artists, Patrons Together for Online Fundraiser

As an in-person gathering, the Boca Raton Museum of Art’s annual January fundraiser has become one of the infinite casualties of COVID-19. But as a revamped online initiative, the fundraiser is already thriving, offering creative ways to support the museum in a time of existential need.

Titled “An Irresistible Urge to Create!,” which is also the name of the museum’s major January exhibition of outsider art, this season’s fundraiser offers a crowdfunding-style platform for supporters to sponsor the museum at one of six tiered levels, with increasingly enticing rewards for each. Contributions of $1,000 receive an “Irresistible Gift Box”—a kind of haute swag bag featuring artist-designed beach towels, pillow covers and cocktail sets, along with commemorative T-shirts and face masks.

Work from “An Irresistible Urge to Create!”

Deeper-pocketed donors who choose to “level up” receive the gift box plus additional perks: For $1,500, a print of a work by one of the outsider artists in “An Irresistible Urge to Create!”; for $2,500, a sculpture by artist Carol Prusa and a private behind-the-scenes tour of the museum; for $5,000, an original work by a member of the Art School faculty and a private hosted event at the museum.

Jeff Whyman

A $10,000 donation gets you an original sculpture by Jeff Whyman, a Delray-based artist whose solo exhibition is currently on display at the museum, while a top-level $25,000 contribution earns you a commissioned portrait by renowned painter Paul Gervais, a private champagne and dessert reception for 10, and a set of Murano glasses.

“Never has creativity been more needed, so we looked to the most creative among us to make our fundraising campaign unique,” says Irvin Lippman, executive director of the museum. “It’s all part of our effort this year to explore the Irresistible Urge to Create—a theme taken from our upcoming exhibition of outsider art. Those artists, who worked outside the margins of society, shared the overwhelming personal motivation to make art. This year we commissioned new works directly from artists in our community to help us thank our donors and to underscore the importance of supporting local artists.”

The funds will contribute to the museum’s ongoing community programs, and donations are being accepted now through Jan. 15. To participate—and contribute any amount of money—click here.

For more of Boca magazine’s arts and entertainment coverage, click here.

John Thomason
John Thomason
As the A&E editor of, I offer reviews, previews, interviews, news reports and musings on all things arty and entertainment-y in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

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