The Douglas Society is the support group for the Denver Art Museum covering American Indian art, African art, and Oceanic art.
Frederic Huntington Douglas was one of the first scholars to recognize the artistic achievements of American Indians as well as the arts of Africa and Oceania. From 1929 to 1956, as the Denver Art Museum's curator of native arts, he began acquiring the objects that form the core of what is now recognized throughout the world as one of the most important collections of native arts. In 1974 the Douglas Society was founded to honor and ensure the continuance of the work of Frederic Douglas.
Are you fascinated by the art of the native people of America, Canada, Africa, or Oceania? Then you will enjoy being a member of the Douglas Society and joining a group of friends who share your interest in these wonderful artworks. This special group supports the Denver Art Museum's native arts department's programs in education, acquisition, and conservation.
Douglas Society members enjoy many special opportunities:
- Special workshops and programs about collecting and preserving native objects
- Lectures and meetings with distinguished scholars and native artists and performers
- Private collection tours in Denver and throughout the United States
- Annual members-only dinner
- Douglas Society newsletter with articles about new acquisitions, native artists, objects in the collections, and special events
- Participation in all Douglas Society events
- All benefits of Individual membership for two adults and children under 18
Download the membership form (PDF), print, and mail it.
- Our membership year runs membership year from Oct 1 to Sept 30.
- You must be an active member of the Denver Art Museum to join the Douglas Society.
- Please include your email address on the form, this will allow you to receive online newsletters as well as advanced notifications about special events.
- Please include on the form your areas of interest: American Indian, Oceanic, or African.
- If you have any questions at all about membership in the Douglas Society, please call the Denver Art Museum at 720-913-0162.
Newsletters are e-mailed to Douglas Society members and available as PDFs, listed here.