Join as a Member or Renew today!

The Durango Arts Center celebrates its members whose support provides the resources necessary to advance year-round programs rich with artistic merit.  An investment in the arts returns valuable tax revenues, supports local jobs, promotes tourism and enriches our community fabric.  We invite you to join or renew your membership today!

Annual membership dues are considered tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Membership is a modest $50 per year and offers a wealth of opportunity for engagement in and inspiration from the most dynamic visual and performing arts opportunities offered in our region.

While your membership has direct value for you, it is truly invaluable to us and priceless to the cultural vitality of our community.  The Durango Arts Center is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization that owns and operates its own building, inclusive of mortgage payments, insurance, repairs and utilities.  Membership contributions are critical in maintaining our historic facility and providing modest salaries to a mostly part-time, highly skilled staff.  DAC is grateful to receive support through the generosity of its community members, foundation grants, Colorado Creative Industries, corporate sponsorships and a strategic business plan of earned revenue activities (e.g., admissions, workshop fees, artwork sales, facility rentals, etc).

DAC is pleased to accept donations electronically throughout the year via ColoradoGives. To join DAC as a member or renew your membership electronically, click the membership button below.


  • Personalized membership card
  • Invitations to exhibit openings and special events
  • Reciprocal membership privileges at more than 924 museums, cultural centers and botanical gardens under the North American Reciprocal Museum network
  • 10% discount on purchases in the Art Library, Entrada/Arriba and Barbara Conrad galleriesincluding the annual Winter Solstice Artisans’ Market
  • Discounts on purchases in the independently operated corner shop, JOY Inc. Art & Tea
  • Discounts on workshop fees, theatre tickets and facility rentals
  • [ARTISTS] Free entry into DAC’s annual Members’ Exhibit, featuring cash awards
  • [ARTISTS] Reduced entry fees for all juried exhibits, and a higher commission rate of 60% artist / 40% DAC (non-members receive 50/50 commission)
  • Recognition in DAC’s quarterly membership newsletter, Artsline

Read recent editions of Artsline membership newsletter (click images below)!

DAC members have a profound impact on our community through their support of dynamic visual and performing arts activities. View our 2016 Year-End Review at right to learn more.

To sign up for a DAC membership by phone or to learn more, contact Campbell Morgan, Administrative Operations Coordinator by email or (970) 259-2606, ext. 13.

Reciprocal Member Benefits

The Durango Arts Center is a member of the North American Reciprocal Museums.  Your DAC membership grants you member privileges at 800 museums, botanical gardens and cultural centers across North America, to include free general admission during museum hours, free admission to special exhibitions when no ticket is required, admission to members’ previews, discounts on purchases made on the premises in art and bookshops, discounts on film, concert, and lecture tickets.


“My husband and I traveled to Santa Fe, NM specifically to see various exhibitions and collectively, we received $100 in FREE tickets thanks to the DAC membership benefit through the North American Reciprocal Network at the Georgia O’Keefe Museum, New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors, Museum of International Folk Art, New Mexico Museum of Art, IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.  On a recent trip to the midwest, I visited the St. Louis Art Museum’s Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade exhibit, and our DAC membership card gave a $10 discount on parking in the garage!  The list goes on…….. Last year, alone I saved over $200 in entry fees in various cities. I really appreciate this DAC membership benefit.”

– Leesa Zarinelli Gawlik, Artist, DAC Member and curator of the Friends of the Art Library

Gift Memberships & Employee Match

Celebrate a friend’s birthday or anniversary by gifting them with a membership to the Durango Arts Center.  With many exciting events and happenings throughout the year, a DAC membership is the perfect gift for a friend who appreciates the arts.

Double your membership – ask your employer about matching gifts.  Retired?   Many companies honor matching gift programs for their valued retirees.

Additional Ways to Invest in the Arts

The Durango Arts Center respects the privacy of its members and will not release personal contact information to any outside agency or individual.

DAC depends on a variety of income sources to successfully meet its annual operating budget, including membership, corporate sponsorships, foundation grants and individual donations. Please note that DAC maintains an informal membership program, whereby annual contributions allow individuals and businesses certain benefits associated with access to DAC programs and events. DAC does not offer a formal membership program that affords members access or voting rights on matters of governance.  The Board of Directors remains the governing body of the organization.