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Give to the League Today

The Art Students League is committed to keep its world-class art education accessible and affordable for all students. To that end, tuition for all League classes and workshops represents only two-thirds of the actual cost of offering those classes. The generous support of League donors makes it possible for us to keep classes affordable for all.


After taking 210 hours of classes, students at the League are eligible to become members. The membership body ensures that the ideals of the founding artists are continued today; all members have voting power, electing the Board of Control from their own ranks and determining all changes to the League’s constitution.

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Join Friends of the League

Your support is critical to helping the League thrive. To thank you for your support, when you join Friends of the League, you’ll receive the exclusive benefits. Your generosity allows the League to fulfill its mission to provide access to art education to all who seek it.

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Support League Programs

Direct your giving to one of the League's innovative programs or initiatives, from programs that bring art education to communities throughout New York City to the preservation of our collection and archives for future generations. Learn more about our programs here.

Seeds of the League

Seeds of the League is a community program that provides art education for underprivileged youth across New York City through partnerships with public schools and social service organizations.

Scholarships & Grants

The League is committed to keeping tuition affordable for anyone pursuing their artistic journey, offering financial assistance through merit scholarships, need-based scholarships, and work-study.

Works in Public

Through Works in Public, League students have the opportunity to create large-scale sculpture for outdoor public spaces in partnership with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.​​

Honorariums & Memorials

Honor or memorialize someone to whom the League has been an significant part of their artistic journey or celebrate an important occasion or special event by making a gift to the League.

Collection & Archives

The League is the steward of a 2,000-work permanent collection and extensive archives that trace the institution’s expansive history, and their care will ensure that the stories of the League’s artists live on for another 150 years.

Exhibitions & Events

Throughout the year, exhibitions and events—lectures, panels, and films—explore the League’s rich history and artistic impact and create opportunities for  League students and the general public to learn more about the history—and contemporary state—of American art.

Fundraising Events

The Art Student League’s galas and benefit events support the League’s classes, scholarships, and program funds, while offering unforgettable memories for those in attendance.

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Planned Giving

Join the many League members, friends, and supporters who have recognized the League in their estate plans. These generous bequests are a major reason that the League has thrived for nearly 150 years, and why we know it will live on for another 150 and beyond. Your bequest can create a named scholarship fund, endow an instructor or other staff position, support a particular artistic program area such as drawing, painting, sculpting, or mixed media, or can simply direct funds to where they are most needed, ensuring that the League’s mission lives on for future generations.

By establishing a bequest, you will be recognized as a member of our 1875 Society, and enjoy special privileges such as invitations to VIP events and recognition on the League’s website and in our Instructors Catalog.

To Designate a Gift to the League

Name: The Art Students League of New York

Address: 215 West 57th Street New York, NY 10019

Tax ID/EIN: 13-1844837

Example: “I leave $ (or % of my estate) to the Art Students League of New York for its general purposes.”

Additional Types of Planned Gifts

You may also designate The Art Students League as the beneficiary of your life insurance policy, retirement plan (IRA, 401k, 403b), pension, or other assets, charitable remainder trusts, charitable lead trusts, or retained life estates. In preparation for any planned gifts, you should speak to your attorney or accountant to find out what options and tax advantages will work best for you

If you have questions, or to let us know that you have included the League in your estate plans, please contact Elizabeth Kingman.

Corporate Sponsorship

The League welcomes corporate sponsors and offers significant philanthropic and marketing opportunities for corporate and foundation engagement. For more information, contact Elizabeth Kingman, Director of Development.

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