Support the Arts

Arts Center East is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that relies on a variety of funding sources, including individual donations from visitors like you. Your generosity helps make possible all that we offer.

Arts Center East is home to a rich Arts Community. Support from the community ensures that we can continue to bring you educational and engaging exhibits, classes, and events. We are deeply grateful to all who have supported our programming and our mission to be an arts destination for all. Your generosity makes a big difference to everyone who comes through our doors and visits us virtually.

Become a Member

General Members of Arts Center East enjoy benefits like discounts on art purchases and discounted tickets to events.
Artist Members receive the additional benefits of being listed on our website, inclusion in our Members exhibits, and more!


Individuals can apply for Senior/Student Membership, Individual Membership, or Family Membership

  • Membership is renewable annually
  • Members receive a 10% discount on classes, gift shop purchases, and theater ticket purchases



Send your artist resume and statement to with five (5) images you feel are representative of you as an artist. (Or use our application forms.) After your application fee has been received, we will review your application and notify you.

NOTE: Current Artist Members can apply for Signature Membership in the months of April, or September. Notifications will be made by May 30 or October 31, depending on the application cycle. Interested Artist Members can email your application pieces to Applications should include:

  • Five high-quality jpg images, at least 700 pixels wide
  • Recent bio, list of acceptances into juried shows, awards (at last three), memberships/affiliations, website
    NOTE: applications may submit their website as supporting material
  • Contact information including mailing address, email, and phone
    NOTE: Current Artist/Artisan Members can earn Signature Status by having won prizes in three ACE exhibits. Please submit a resume via email showing these awards. No additional application fee is required as long as membership is current.

Application fees can also be paid via check or credit card over the phone.

Artist Members receive the additional benefits of being listed on our website, inclusion in our Members exhibits, and more!


Artist Members receive the additional benefits of being listed on our website, inclusion in our Members exhibits, and more!

Donor Categories

Bartlett Law, LLC
Big Y Community Bag & Giving Tag Program
Bolton Veterinary Hospital
Bowler Co. Hall of Fame -Silver Lanes
Clay Furniture Industries, Inc.
CMC Memorial Four Town Veterinary Hospital, LLC
Creative Exteriors, LLC
EBK Framing
Ellington Agway
Frame Dimensions
Golden Artist Colors
Gottier Fuel Co. Inc
Great Harvest Bread
Huck and Co.
Integrated Rehabilitation Services
Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc.
Jerry’s West Hartford
Kahan Kerensky & Capossela, LLP
Keep In Touch
Mary Oliver Company
NAEK Construction Company, Inc.
Nutmeg Stairs & Cabinets, Inc.
PayPal Giving Fund
Oldender’s Body Shop, Inc.
Records the Good Kind
Santini Villa Apartments, LLC
Schneider’s Flooring America
Shev’s Quality Wear
Stop & Shop Giving Program
Swiss Cleaners and Uniform Services
The Garden Barn Nursery
T&S Building and Remodeling
Wholesale Frame Company

Susan Shimer Memorial Award

Charles & Claudia Ayer

Eric R. Judge – Edward Jones Investments
Dr. Ellen Marmer
Jane Penfield
Kathy Stavens
Michael & Phyllis Winkler

Robert & Lorraine Hurd
Eric & Lois Santini
Harriet Winograd

Arts Center East receives additional support from the Connecticut Office of the Arts, CT Humanities, and the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.