Each year, SAM undertakes a number of exciting and innovative projects. Program support from individuals helps SAM create inspiring exhibitions, acquire art, conserve our collection, present stimulating educational programs, and so much more.
You play a crucial role in sustaining SAM and its collections and may designate a gift to one or more of the following suggested areas.
To discuss a possible gift, please
email us or call
206.654.3258. We are grateful for your support.
SAM periodically changes the displays of work from our collection of 24,000 objects. You can support the entire collection or choose a particular area, such as American art, African art, decorative arts, or contemporary art.
Special exhibitions bring the art of the world to Seattle, and often offer relevant and timely perspectives. Your contribution provides much-needed funds for these ambitious and innovative undertakings, including research, gallery design, installation, and educational materials.
Asian Art Museum
The original site of the Seattle Art Museum, this historic Art Deco building in Volunteer Park now houses one of the nation’s premier collections of Japanese, Chinese, and Korean art, as well as important examples of Central and South Asian art. Your gift to the Asian Art Museum helps enrich the community through exhibitions and programs on classic and contemporary art from across Asia.
Olympic Sculpture Park
SAM’s nine-acre art park along the Puget Sound offers the community year-round free access to a natural space. Help us care for the art, sculptures, and natural landscape, and offer amazing environmental and art programs, with a special gift.
Education and Public Programs
SAM provides a welcoming place for people to connect with art and to consider its relationship to their lives. School & Educator Programs bring art to students in the museum or in the classroom.
Public Programs connect everyone with lectures, music, films, and more. Family Programs inspire all ages to explore and create art, and Teen Programs invite youth to boldly express their creativity.
A museum does more than just display art. SAM is committed to preserving our valuable collections for generations to come. Each year, SAM’s expert conservation team provides necessary care and maintenance to numerous works of art on display at the Seattle Art Museum, the Asian Art Museum, and the Olympic Sculpture Park, and to many others not currently on view.
SAM’s special exhibitions can take years of planning. Your gift provides critical funds for expenses such as research, travel, and publications.
Help us maintain our two research libraries—which are open to the public—and our lending library for educators. SAM also needs funds to support purchases of both new and older materials that are relevant to the collections and exhibitions.