Become a Corporate Supporter

a darkened event space with dramatically lit faux butterflies draped in clumps from the ceiling, and a room full of adults in formal attire, gathering near a large bar.

Corporate Sponsorship

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is seeking support for its exhibitions, education programs, and National Design Awards from corporations, foundations, and individuals. Recognition for your support is significant, including acknowledgement on signage in and around the museum, paid advertising, and promotional and educational materials produced specifically for the programs.

• Current and upcoming exhibitions
• Year-round education programs
The National Design Awards is the museum’s most visible public education program, bringing national recognition to the best in design.

For more information, please call the Corporate Relations Office at (+1) 212-849-8321

Corporate Membership

Design gives business its competitive edge in our global age. Cooper Hewitt’s Corporate Membership Program provides companies ideal access to the world of design. Our Corporate Members enjoy unique opportunities for museum involvement for its key executives, employees, and guests.

Corporate Patrons
• Adobe Foundation
• American Express Company
• Bloomberg
• Design Within Reach
• Deutsche Bank
• Procter & Gamble
• SodaStream
• Target
• Van Cleef & Arpels
• Ziff Brothers Investments

Corporate Contributors
• GE
• IBM
• Knoll, Inc.

Corporate Associates
• Astro Studios
• Newell Rubbermaid
• Pearlfisher
• Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation
• Wolf-Gordon

University Patrons
• Pratt Institute

University Contributor
• School of the Visual Arts

Benefits of Corporate membership

General Benefits at Any Level
• 10% discount for employees at SHOP Cooper Hewitt and CAFE with valid company ID.
• New Member Orientation for two company representatives.
• Invitations to corporate preview events, Cocktails@Cooper Hewitt, and National Design Week programs.
• Acknowledgement as Corporate Member in the museum’s annual donor list, the Smithsonian Institution’s Annual Report, and on the museum’s website.
• Opportunity for company’s designers to participate in our Teen Design Fair during National Design Week.
• Opportunity to collaborate with the museum’s Education Department on design workshops and public programs.
• Opportunity to host select museum members for a visit or talk at company’s studio, lab, or showroom.

Corporate Patron $25,000
• Free admission for employees and two guests with valid company ID. • Opportunity to host an event in the museum’s major event spaces, including the Great Hall and the Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden, with 10% off administrative fees.
• Personalized Executive Membership cards for five company-designated representatives, granting unlimited free admission, 20% discount at SHOP Cooper Hewitt, invitations to annual gala, annual Director’s event and annual “State of Design” event, and other exclusive events, one-year subscriptions to the museum’s Design Journal and award-winning Smithsonian Magazine, and reciprocal benefits at other museums across the country.
• Invitation-only access to all exhibition openings.
• Forty guest passes offering free admission, valued at $800.
• Priority reservations to attend museum programs including the Design Talks series, National Design Week Winners’ Panel, and others.
• Private exhibition tours or behind-the-scenes collection events for 25 employees and guests.
• Team-building design challenges led by Education Department staff members, by appointment.
• Invitation for one corporate executive to participate in the National Design Week Business of Design breakfast meeting.
• National and international travel opportunities.
• Custom benefits, tailored to company’s interests.

Corporate Contributor $15,000
• Free admission for employees and one guest with valid company ID.
• Opportunity to host an event in the museum’s intimate event spaces, including the Lecture Room, Trustees Room, and Bridge Gallery.
• Personalized Executive Membership cards for three company-designated representatives, granting unlimited free admission, 20% discount at SHOP Cooper Hewitt, invitations to exclusive events, one-year subscriptions to the museum’s Design Journal and award-winning Smithsonian Magazine, and reciprocal benefits at other museums across the country.
• Invitation-only access to major exhibition openings.
• Twenty guest passes for free admission, valued at $400.
• Curator-led exhibition tours or behind-the-scenes collection events for 25 employees and guests.
• Team-building design challenges led by Education Department staff members, by appointment.

Corporate Associate $5,000
• The opportunity to host an event in the museum's Western Terrace (Garden) and Trustees Room, or at the Cooper Hewitt Design Center in Harlem.
• Personalized Executive Membership cards for two company-designated representatives, granting unlimited free admission, 20% discount at SHOP Cooper Hewitt, invitations to exclusive events, one-year subscriptions to the museum’s Design Journal and award-winning Smithsonian Magazine, and reciprocal benefits at other museums across the country.
• Ten guest passes for free admission, valued at $200.
• Invitation-only access to select exhibition openings.
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