National Gallery starts young professionals program

The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands has launched a new membership program designed to encourage an interest in the arts with young professionals aged 20 to 35. 

The Young Patrons’ Circle features a series of members-only social events that include exhibit preview evenings, artists’ talks and other special events, as well as offering discounts for Gallery workshops and at the Gallery’s gift shop and cafe. 

Funds raised from membership in the Young Patrons’ Circle will support the Gallery’s public programming, including free admission for all to the Gallery’s exhibitions. 

Young Patrons’ Circle chair Belinda Murphy said one of the aims of the program was to raise the National Gallery’s profile with the younger generation.  

“YPC members will be able to connect to like-minded individuals with an eye for arts and culture and interact with NGCI experts and artists while making a significant difference in their community,” she said. 

Other members of the Young Patrons’ Circle committee include Rory Mann and Lauren Christie. 

The first event of the Circle will be “Croquet & Cocktails,” held in the gallery’s gardens on April 10 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Admission is free for Young Patrons’ Circle members and $15 for non-members. 

“This is a casual mix and mingle event which includes lawn games, art activities and specialty drinks,” said Mr. Mann, adding that Cayman Spirits Company will donate all proceeds from the bar towards the National Gallery’s free public programming. 

Ms. Christie said engaging with young people is crucial to the success of the National Gallery.  

“Young patrons today will become the next generation of supporters tomorrow,” she said. “Without patrons the National Gallery – which is a fantastic, inclusive, free community facility – will undoubtedly struggle to remain sustainable.” 

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