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Founded in 1947 by Russell Hartley (1926 - 1983), a dancer and designer with San Francisco Ballet, the Museum of Performance + Design was incorporated and established as a charitable organization in 1976. Seventy years of collecting has made MP+D a prominent living record of the history of the performing arts in the Bay Area and beyond. It aims to share artistic and humanistic values through a dynamic stewardship of its 3.5M-item collection and an innovative approach to public humanities.
Donations help sustain the ongoing programs of the Museum of Performance + Design. Founded in 1947, the Museum preserves and makes available some of our nation's most important historical and original materials on the performing arts. It maintains a research archive and public exhibitions and programs onsite and online. This important work is only possible through the continued support of generous donors like you.
Acknowledgement letter, free e-Announcements
All Friend level benefits, invitation to exhibition and program previews
All Associate level benefits, invitation to donors events
All Patron level benefits, recognition on our website
All Russell Hartley Society benefits, name associated with project(s) funded (press releases, announcements, gallery labels) Please call to discuss.
All Partner level benefits, private tour of the archive by appointment
Through June 2018
War Memorial Opera House, Lower Lounge Cafe
Accessible with performance ticket
Starting at $7.50/per person, 5 persons min.