In the spirit of the holidays, IVY is proud to showcase a selection of our amazing cultural partners that are providing special deals on holiday gifts and memberships. IVY’s mission in Arts and Culture is to engage and educate members in all the visual and performing arts, and create a rising young professional generation of sustainable arts audiences and philanthropists. Spread across a number different IVY cities, these institutions offer more than material goods — they offer cultural experiences that will enrich the lives of friends and loved ones across the country.

What’s more, each of our cultural partners is a qualified charitable organization, meaning that you can help keep the arts sustainable by giving a tax-deductible donation as part of your end-of-year giving. For more information on how to support our diverse range of institutional partners and connect directly with your favorite arts organization, please email IVY’s Cultural Curator, Phil Chan, at phil@ivy.com.

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Home to 11 organizations including the Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, and New York City Ballet, and host to beloved NYC traditions like the Mostly Mozart Festival and Midsummer Night Swing, Lincoln Center is one of the world’s most iconic cultural centers. Together with our vital network of patrons, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is committed to fostering creativity and innovation across diverse communities through the arts.

The Gift

A chance to become a part of our patron network through Young Patrons of Lincoln Center (YPLC) membership. This group of culturally-minded New Yorkers in their 20s through 40s are vital to Lincoln Center. Leaders of the next generation of arts patrons, they have access to exclusive events throughout the year—like performance outings, parties, artist meetups, and talks—as well as exciting leadership and volunteer opportunities.

Perfect for: New Yorkers, arts lovers, idea people, the culturally curious, young philanthropists, people who believe in giving back.

The Deal: IVYArts (use this code for 20% off Young Patrons of Lincoln Center annual membership dues). Please email yplc@lincolncenter.org or call 212.875.5236 for more information.

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With extraordinary exhibitions and the world’s finest collection of modern and contemporary art, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is dedicated to the conversation between the past and the present, the established and the experimental. MoMA’s mission is helping you understand and enjoy the art of our time.

The Gift

Join The Junior Associates (JAs), an affiliate group of MoMA made up of individuals between the ages of 21 and 40. Founded in 1990, JAs is one of New York City’s oldest and most established young patrons programs. While participating in and supporting modern and contemporary art programs both at the Museum and within the art community at  large, JAs have the opportunity to build meaningful relationships with fellow members, as well as artists, curators, and collectors.

Perfect for: Modern and Contemporary art lovers.

The Deal: Membership with JAs. Please email infoja@moma.org for more information.

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The Public Theater engages one of the largest and most diverse audiences in New York City in a variety of venues, including: its landmark downtown home, which houses five theaters and Joe’s Pub; the Delacorte Theater in Central Park; and the Mobile Shakespeare Unit, which tours Shakespearean productions for underserved audiences throughout New York City’s five boroughs. The Public Theater was created “for the people and by the people of the City of New York.”

The Gift

Membership at The Public Theater. Members enjoy savings on tickets and fees, free exchanges, and Priority Access when shows go on sale. The membership is also a tax-deductible contribution in support of The Public Theater’s mission to make theater accessible to all. 

Perfect for: Everyone who loves New York.

The Deal: Membership at The Public TheaterPlease call 212.539.8500 for more information.

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The Broadhurst Theatre is a Broadway theatre located in midtown Manhattan. The venue was built in 1917 by George H. Broadhurst, a well-known theatre designer, manager, and playwright, along with the Shubert brothers. The theater has been named a New York City landmark.

The Gift

Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical Anastasia comes to Broadway at The Broadhurst Theatre. From the Tony Award®-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family.

Perfect for: Date nights and theatre lovers.

The Deal: ANIVY1213 (use this code for Best Seats in the theater). Please visit Anastasia Broadway or call 212.239.6200 for more information.

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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is the nation’s only museum dedicated to historical and contemporary design, with a collection of over 210,000 design objects spanning thirty centuries. Located in the landmarked Andrew Carnegie mansion along New York City’s Museum Mile, Cooper Hewitt makes design come alive with unique temporary exhibitions and installations of the permanent collection. Visitors can experience a full range of state-of-the-art interactive capabilities, including the opportunity to explore the collection digitally on ultra-high-definition touch-screen tables, draw and project their own wallpaper designs in the Immersion Room and address design problems in the Process Lab.

The Gift

Inspire a passion for design with the gift of a year of Cooper Hewitt membership! Your loved ones will receive free admission year round with access to our extraordinary exhibitions and programs, including the highly anticipated The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s, opening April 2017, and our Cocktails at Cooper Hewitt summer performance series in the garden.

Perfect for: Design lovers, students, parents, and friends.

The Deal: Membeship with Cooper Hewitt. Please email chmembership@si.edu or call 212.849.8349 for more information.

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The Jewish Museum Shop offers the world’s finest selection of Jewish ceremonial objects and products representative of contemporary and traditional Jewish art and culture. All proceeds from sales of merchandise on our website or in our stores are used to support the mission and programming of the Museum.

The Gift

The Oy Vey Flask. “Oy Vey,” a Yiddish exclamation of dismay or exasperation, is handsomely etched on the front of this festive flask. Created exclusively for the Jewish Museum Shop by the English Pewter Company, the UK’s largest manufacturer of handmade pewter giftware, they are a perfect accessory to carry with you during eight days of merriment and the entire holiday season.

Perfect for: Friends, siblings, your stressed-out work bestie, and of course any NJB (nice Jewish boy).

The Deal: IVY20 (20% off your entire purchase through December 31, 2016). Please emailinfo@thejm.org or call 212.423.3200 for more information.

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Jazz at Lincoln Center, a nonprofit organization with a mission to entertain, enrich, and expand a global community for jazz, is proud to bring music to people and communities who might not hear it otherwise. Last year, Jazz at Lincoln Center helped educate more than 148,963 young musicians and bring free live jazz broadcasts into the homes of hundreds of thousands of people across the globe.

The Gift

Celebrate the American legacy of jazz this holiday season by gifting a Jazz at Lincoln Center membership. Exclusive benefits include pre-sale access to Jazz at Lincoln Center season tickets and select events, 50% off day-of tickets to Jazz at Lincoln Center-produced shows in The Appel Room and Rose Theater, partner discounts, and reduced-price covers at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. 

Perfect for: Family, friends, and anyone in your life who loves music.

The Deal: Membership with Jazz at Lincoln Center. Please visit Jazz at Lincoln Center for more information.

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For 30 years, Shakespeare Theatre Company has dedicated itself to becoming the nation’s premier classic theatre. Beyond the award-winning productions on STC’s two stages, STC offers unparalleled theatre accessibility programs to D.C. metro area audiences, including providing every public and charter school in the district with free arts curriculum and tickets to a mainstage production. Programs like the Free for All and FREE WILL prove STC’s dedication to inclusiveness within the performing arts and expose those who feel they cannot attend a live performance to timeless stories told with an unwavering commitment to artistic excellence.

The Gift

A membership to Shakespeare Theatre Company, supporting STC’s educational and community engagement offerings, while providing the member with exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to the Company.

Perfect for: The arts lover who wants to give back and dive deeper; anyone who wants experiences more than physical things; anyone who you want to spend more time with (event invitations are for two!); that person in your life who can say, “Actually, Hamlet didn’t say that.”

The Deal: Membership with the Shakespeare Theatre Company. Please visit Shakespeare Theatre Company for more information.

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Described by The New York Times as a company whose dancing, “bold, light, immediate, intensely musical….flies straight to the heart,” Miami City Ballet (MCB) is led by Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez and is considered a leader in the field — nurturing new choreographic voices, creating innovative collaborations, and opening new avenues of inclusivity within classical ballet. Founded in 1985 by Miami philanthropist Toby Lerner Ansin and Founding Artistic Director and ballet legend Edward Villella, MCB is universally admired as one of the world’s pre-eminent interpreters of the choreography of George Balanchine.

The Gift

Give the gift of culture with an exclusive Upper Room membership. The Upper Room is an affinity giving circle of dynamic young patrons who are passionate about supporting Miami City Ballet’s mission and cultivating interest and excitement in ballet. Members enjoy VIP tickets to MCB programs, social and business networking opportunities, exclusive access to the artists of Miami City Ballet and so much more.

Perfect for: The cultural “It” girl or guy in your life. Lovers of dance, art, and beauty. Any social philanthropist eager for a wonderful experience.

The Deal: Join before December 31 and get $25 off your membership. Please email membership@miamicityballet.org for more information.

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The Steppenwolf ensemble first began performing in the mid-1970s in the basement of a Highland Park, IL church, the ambitious brainchild of three high school and college friends: Jeff Perry, Terry Kinney and Gary Sinise. Fast forward 40 years and the Steppenwolf Theatre Company has become the nation’s premier ensemble theater—redefining the landscape of acting and performance. The ensemble has grown to 46 members who represent a remarkable generation of actors, directors and playwrights. Thrilling, powerful, groundbreaking productions from Balm in Gilead and Grapes of Wrath to August: Osage County—and accolades that included the National Medal of Arts and twelve Tony® Awards—have made the theater legendary. Steppenwolf’s artistic force remains rooted in the original vision of its founders: an artist-driven theater, whose vitality is defined by its sharp appetite for groundbreaking, innovative work.

The Gift

Experience Steppenwolf in a whole new way with the new Black Card, an all-access pass to world-class performances. The Black Card is the easiest gift to give and the most flexible way to experience Steppenwolf. A plastic, wallet sized card in holiday wrapping, the Black Card is six flexible tickets to use any way — the recipient can create their own experience, with three levels to fit any holiday budget. On stage now: The Christians, a fascinating new play about faith in modern America; and The Fundamentals, a funny and scathing look at America’s corporate culture and the compromises we make in order to fulfill our dreams.

Perfect for: The theater lover in your life.

The Deal: Gift The Black Card this holiday season and receive a $25 restaurant gift card. Please call 312.335.1650 for more information.

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Since its inception in 1965, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has been devoted to collecting works of art that span both history and geography, in addition to representing Los Angeles’s uniquely diverse population. Today LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States, with a collection that includes nearly 130,000 objects dating from antiquity to the present, encompassing the geographic world and nearly the entire history of art. Among the museum’s strengths are its holdings of Asian art, Latin American art, ranging from pre-Columbian masterpieces to works by leading modern and contemporary artists; and Islamic art, of which LACMA hosts one of the most significant collections in the world. A museum of international stature as well as a vital part of Southern California, LACMA shares its vast collections through exhibitions, public programs, and research facilities that attract over a million visitors annually, in addition to serving millions through digital initiatives, such as online collections, scholarly catalogues, and interactive engagement at lacma.org.

The Gift

Avant-Garde is a membership group for young professionals, collectors, and art supporters interested in exploring LACMA and L.A.’s dynamic art world.  Exclusive events throughout the year include curator-led tours, studio and collection visits, introductions to special projects at LACMA, curator-led outings to art venues throughout the city, social events at the museum, and more.  The group not only provides unparalleled access to LACMA curators, artists, and exclusive events, but also a network of equally philanthropic and ambitious peers who value art as a important source of community and knowledge.

Perfect for: The art curious social butterfly in your life.

The Deal: Join in-full before December 23, 2016 and get an additional month of membership free. Please visit LACMA, email avantgarde@lacma.org, or call 323.857.6295 for more information.