Support the Blanton

The generosity of museum supporters is vital to the Blanton’s ongoing success and impacts every aspect of the museum, including:

  • Supporting thought-provoking programs and dynamic exhibitions featuring art from around the world
  • Enriching arts education for thousands of school children each year
  • Enhancing the educational and cultural experience of university students from across disciplines
  • Caring for the museum’s permanent collection, which is the largest in Central Texas

The Blanton’s Major Gift Circles, which begin at $10,000, recognize philanthropic individuals who provide vital support for the museum, from exhibitions to education programs, and from publications to conservation. Please click here to learn more about Major Gift Circles at the Blanton.

The Blanton is more than the home of a world-class art collection and dynamic programming. It’s a center of creativity and culture, a place for community and connection. And the museum is about the embark on an incredible next step that expands its ability to bring the power of art to Austin and beyond: a transformation of the Blanton grounds.

The 2019 Annual Fund focuses on supporting the enhancement of the Blanton’s visual identity and will facilitate innovative outdoor programming. Best of all, the master plan will create a beautiful exterior space that feels as inspired and vibrant as the art experience inside the museum.

Join us on this incredible journey — make a donation today and help raise $25,000! Your gift in any amount will help create a dynamic new space for the Austin community to gather and share the life-enhancing power of art.

Make a Gift

Including the Blanton in your legacy plan is an important investment in the museum’s future and its commitment to excellence in the arts. Your future gift can provide unrestricted financial support for the museum or strengthen a specific area of interest, such as exhibitions, acquisitions, conservation, or education. As part of The University of Texas at Austin, planned gifts to the Blanton may be made through a range of options that can maximize benefits to you, your loved ones, and the museum.

Mari and James A. Michener Society

In honor of its namesakes, the Mari and James A. Michener Society recognizes donors who have provided for the Blanton through a planned gift or made a provision for the museum in their estate plans. Through their thoughtful generosity and foresight, these supporters play an important role in helping the museum reach new heights and have a lasting impact on generations of future students and visitors. Planned gift donors to the Blanton also are welcomed into the Texas Leadership Society at the university.

Please see this Michener Society overview for more details, including a listing of our current members.  If you already have arranged a planned gift to the museum or want to learn more, please contact director of development Anna Berns at

A wide range of corporate sponsorship opportunities are available for exhibitions and other programs. The Blanton can tailor a sponsorship package to best meet your company’s marketing needs and community impact priorities.

In 2020, the Austin corporate community also has the opportunity to become a sponsor of the Blanton Block Party, a free community festival that features live music, world class art, local food, and more. The fourth annual Block Party will take place on Saturday, March 28, 2020 and offers sponsors brand recognition, special access, and an exclusive Blanton experience. Click HERE to learn more about directly supporting the Blanton by participating in this popular event.

In addition, we invite you to save the date for the Blanton 2021 Gala — Saturday, February 6, 2021 — which is a fun and elegant evening that raises essential funds to support the museum. More information on table levels and sponsor benefits will be available soon.

To begin a conversation about corporate partnership at the museum, please contact:


For more information on supporting the Blanton, including gifting works of art, please email Anna Berns, director of development, at