There are so many reasons to love the BMA.

Our growing collection illuminates artistic achievements from across the world,

Our programs connect visitors of all ages with works on view, and

Our mission guides us to be a relevant and socially engaged museum for Baltimore and beyond.

We can accomplish even more with your support.

Below, four Members share why they love the BMA and chose to be a part of our mission. We hope their stories inspire you to donate to ensure the BMA remains a vibrant and accessible destination for all.

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“I became a Member because I wanted my family to be a part of the Baltimore arts community. I appreciated the welcoming nature of the museum and its openness to kids and arts education. I’ve enjoyed the Free Family Sunday workshops with my children, chatting with artists and collectors at events, and quiet moments with art. I also had the honor of leading a teacher workshop in conjunction with A Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration. It was one of the highlights of my year!”

– Kim Rice, BMA Member since 2020

“I’m a middle school social studies teacher at The GreenMount School. My school is a 5-minute walk to the BMA. I use the Museum to open my students’ minds. Hearing their thoughts and excitement is what teaching is about. It’s raw and beautiful when they can just share what they notice in a work of art, knowing there’s no right or wrong response. Connecting art to life is my mission as an educator and I use the BMA as a gateway.”

– Fletcher McNeill, BMA Member since 2016. 

“I love art and museums. It is important to me to have a respite that includes art. The BMA is a lovely space with the greatest gift shop. I feel lucky to have such an incredible collection and space less than 15 minutes away.

I always go by the Cone Sisters’ collection. Independent savvy women with a great eye for art. I wish I could have dinner with them to hear about their travels and to ask questions about how they selected the pieces that I now regularly visit.” 

-Tammy Dowley-Blackman, BMA Member since 2018 

“I treasure the BMA’s collection and I am equally thrilled that the museum is devoted to representing, and connecting deeply with, all the communities it serves. After all, art is about connection.”

-Lee Boot, BMA Member since 2013 

“Visiting the BMA and the many exhibits over the years is a part of what I love about being a Member. I enjoy the diversity of art and artists, the variety of events, the Sculpture Gardens (including the Jazz in the Sculpture Garden concerts), and of course, Gertrude’s. The BMA’s efforts to present art and artists from traditionally underrepresented communities and its efforts to reach the larger Baltimore community helps make art do what it should: enlighten, enrich, and inspire. I became a Member to be more than a museum visitor. I wanted to be a part of it—sowing a seed. ” 

-Kim Burns, BMA Member since 2017 

“Last year, I saw coverage on a mainstream news outlet about the planned partnership between the BMA and the Mississippi Museum of Art to co-organize A Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration. I bought my membership primarily to support that endeavor and to have the opportunity to be among the first to see it when it arrived at the BMA. When it finally opened, I was so very moved by the works of the 12 artists and I remain in awe of the dedication by curators Jessica Bell Brown and Ryan Dennis to present such a thought-provoking exhibition. The BMA truly has become one of my very favorite places in Baltimore.” 

-Fleesie Hubbard, BMA Member since 2021