With works from some of the most influential artists of the 20th century, presented in an unrivaled space designed by architect Mario Botta, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is a community jewel that has enhanced Charlotte's cultural status on the world stage.

But it is the museum's commitment to making the arts accessible and unintimidating to the community-at-large that separates us from other cultural organizations in our region and identifies us as More than a Museum. The Bechtler has been very intentional in designing outreach programs that benefit the quality of life for citizens typically underserved by the visual arts sector.

While the revenue associated with museum membership provides some support of our innovative educational and community outreach programs highlighted here, the core of our financial support comes from individuals like you who believe in the transformational effect that art brings to our lives.

The core of our financial support comes from individuals like you who believe in the transformational effect that art brings to our lives. Make an investment in the museum through a gift to our Annual Fund and support the development of programs that educate, enliven and entertain every member of our community. You are investing in the future of the Bechtler and a new era of museum engagement in the Charlotte community.

Thank you for your consideration. We hope to see you at the Bechtler soon.


The Bechtler's Annual Fund has a goal of $20,000 for the 2021 fiscal year to support the development of programs that focus on providing support and creative outlets for traditionally under-served segments of the population, including impoverished and at-risk youth. Every donation counts! Here are some of the ways your gift could be used:

$1,000 - Sponsors one Bechtler Jail Arts Initiative residency (10 contact hours)
$500 - Sponsors one school classroom project and Teaching Artist
$250 - Funds school buses and substitute teacher fees for 100 students to visit the museum
$100 - Provides a tour for those with low-to-no vision or Museum Memories participant
$50 - Covers the cost for one family of four to participate in Bechtler Family Days
$25 - Provides art supplies for one participant in any Bechtler Community Outreach program

Your fully tax-deductible gift to the Annual Fund, in any amount, makes a difference. Click here to make your contribution today! You can also contribute by calling 704.353.9207, or by mail. Please make checks payable to "Bechtler Museum of Modern Art", with "Annual Fund" in the memo line and mail them to:

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
Development Office
420 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28202

For more information, please contact the Development Office by phone at 704.353.9207 or by e-mail at lisa.woods@bechtler.org.

Click here to make a gift to the Bechtler's Annual Fund and support community outreach efforts like these:

You may be able to double, or even triple, your support of the Bechtler by giving a Corporate Matching Gift today. Simply check with your human resources department to see if your company matches charitable donations, and request a matching gift form. Mail us the form and we'll take care of everything from there!


The Jail Arts Initiative provides hands-on art-making workshops to youthful offenders and adults in the Mecklenburg County Jail System. Through drawing, painting, printmaking, collage and other mediums, inmates are encouraged to explore family, self, choices and consequences while incorporating written expression and poetry as they consider how they might be aspiring to others.

In partnership with Metrolina Association for the Blind, the Low to No Vision Program offers tactile tours and hands-on art classes creating a unique experience for individuals with low to no sight. Special tours allow participants to experience the artwork in ways the sighted cannot. Art classes teach accessible techniques which reveal a world of possibilities. 

Museum Memories is a program consisting of tours and art classes for those with early-stage dementia and their care partners. Participants are part of meaningful social activities, experiencing tactile and intellectual stimulation. Trained guides provide special gallery tours where artworks are discussed and forgotten memories are recaptured and shared between patient and care partner. Visitors explore modern art in a way that increases their self-esteem and nourishes their relationship with their care partner.

The museum's partnership with InReach, a nonprofit that supports and houses adults with a range of developmental, cognitive and other disabilities provides hands-on art making, museum tours and special exhibitions of the participants' works.

The Bechtler's Artist in Schools program provides creative learning opportunities through an art integrated curriculum that reaches approximately 2,500 students per year from more than 25 schools in Mecklenburg County. Each year, nearly 40% of students attend at-risk and challenge schools.

Click here to give a gift to the Bechtler Annual Fund today.

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© 2009 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is dedicated to the celebration and analysis of the strongest aspects of mid- century modernism as reflected in the holdings of the Bechtler collection.

The collection comprises
more than 1,400 works by 20th-century modern artists. Some works are accompanied by books, photographs and letters illustrating personal connections to the Bechtler family.


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