Eastman Museum Council

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The Eastman Museum Council is an extraordinary group of more than 200 dedicated museum members who contribute time, talent, and energy to support the activities of the George Eastman Museum. Many council members hold professional and civic leadership positions in Greater Rochester, and others are actively engaged in a wide variety of community service and social organizations.

In addition to photography, cinema, and technology, council members are interested in architecture, art, conservation, gardening, historic preservation, literature, local history, music, performing arts, and travel. Many council members also serve as museum docents. Through voluntary service and fundraising, council members are enthusiastic ambassadors for the museum, and they exemplify George Eastman’s legacy of commitment to community and philanthropy.

The Eastman Museum Council was founded in 1983. Since then, it has committed more than $1.5 million to the restoration of the historic mansion, the renovation of the Dryden Theatre, public programs, and other projects.

Council Activities & Events

Among the events the Eastman Museum Council supports, several are beloved community traditions:

The George Eastman Award Gala is held in conjunction with the presentation of the esteemed award that honors luminaries for distinguished contribution to the art of film. Award recipients have included James Stewart, Gregory Peck, Lauren Bacall, Audrey Hepburn, Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, and Michael Douglas.

The annual Garden Vibes summer concert series attracts hundreds of guests to the gardens at the George Eastman Museum for great music, good food, and family games and activities.

Sweet Creations features dozens of colorful gingerbread houses on display in the historic mansion at the Eastman Museum. The structures are created by families, Scout troops, school groups, hobbyists, and professional bakers, and auctioned to the highest bidders to benefit the museum.

Council Membership

Membership to the Eastman Museum Council is open to any current museum member. In addition to all the benefits of museum membership, council members also receive the council newsletter and invitations to monthly educational programs and guest lectures. To join the Eastman Museum Council, please fill out the form at the link below and send with payment to the address on the form.

Council Membership Form (PDF)

For more information, please contact Allen Buell at (585) 327-4888 or abuell@eastman.org.