The spirit of volunteerism thrives among the special “Friends” groups which dedicate themselves to fundraising, advocacy and other means of supporting the four state museums in Santa Fe and the Office of Archaeological Studies.
In addition to their financial investments in the Foundation’s membership program through annual dues, our faithful Friends personally invest time, energy and enthusiasm in our cultural cause. Their contributions impact the educational programs, exhibition-related events and special projects that make their—and our—cultural experiences more meaningful.
Friends groups support the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Museum of International Folk Art, New Mexico Museum of Art, New Mexico History Museum and Palace of the Governors, and the Office of Archaeological Studies. Members find camaraderie in sharing each institution’s respective area of interest and participating in a dynamic year-round calendar of educational, cultural and social events.
Eligibility to join any Friends group requires Foundation membership, plus $100 for individual Friends group membership or $150 for two people. Membership in Friends of Archaeology is free with Foundation membership.
Friends of Archaeology (FOA)
Office of Archaeological Studies
Friends of Contemporary Art and Photography (FOCA+P)
New Mexico Museum of Art
Friends of Folk Art (FOFA)
Museum of International Folk Art
Friends of History (FOH)
New Mexico History Museum and Palace of the Governors
Friends of Indian Art (FIA)
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
Archaeology buffs dig into the subject through a year-round calendar of lectures, tours and public events. Their fundraising initiatives and other activities support education and research priorities at the Office of Archaeological Studies.
This group of contemporary art and photography enthusiasts gains inspiration through related exhibition previews, artist lectures, private collection tours and more. Their loyal support has enhanced more than 30 museum exhibitions and added more than 25 works of art to the museum’s permanent collection.
Members celebrate the world’s folk cultures by participating in unique folk art-inspired collections tours, travel and lectures. This dedicated group organizes the phenomenal annual Folk Art Flea market, generating vital funds to support special needs in museum exhibitions, education, collections and more.
Individuals seeking a better understanding of New Mexico history take part in this group’s compelling annual series of history-based events, lectures and tours. Their member dues, contributions and fundraising programs support the role of the New Mexico History Museum and Palace of the Governors as a center for historical research, education and lifelong learning.
Members enjoy an exciting series of programs highlighting the creative art, history and heritage of Native American artists. Group members also raise critical funding for acquisitions of Native works of art for the museum’s permanent collection and to support museum exhibitions.