Annual Fund

The PMA Annual Fund

Your Gift at Work


The PMA Annual Fund directly supports all aspects of museum operations, enabling the institution to reflect and serve all members of our community and ensuring that there are no barriers to entry for anyone. The Portland Museum of Art serves more than 140,000 visitors annually including more than 9,000 schoolchildren and chaperones, promoting Maine's cultural heritage and tourism, offering representation for people throughout our diverse neighborhoods, prompting crucial discussions about contemporary concerns, and enriching the state's creative economy.

All of this and more is a result of gifts from people just like you. Consider giving to the PMA Annual Fund, and help strengthen the Maine community for generations to come.


Last year, more than 9,000 K-12 students and chaperones experienced art through the Free School Tours program. These students received one-time passes so they could return with their families free of charge. Educators have significant resources available to them through the PMA, including free Evening for Educators nights which offer chances to deepen their relationship and discover more about the educational opportunities at the museum.

The museum also hosts robust and ever-growing programs aimed at teens. Through the Homer High School Fellows program, students from the greater Portland area spend several weeks in the summer making art at the museum, visiting the Winslow Homer Studio, and creating programs for teens at the PMA. The PMA hosts an annual Teen Night, during which the entire museum is open exclusively to teenagers free of charge, and has a Teen Team—comprising teenagers from throughout the local school systems. 

Additionally, each March the museum hosts the annual Youth Art Month installation, featuring art by K-12 students throughout the state, as part of National Youth Art Month.


Admission is free for all every week during Free Fridays, enabling more than 33,000 visitors each year to experience all the museum has to offer. Free admission is also offered to children ages 14 and under, all Portland High School students, and all Maine College of Art (MECA) students. Discounted admission is also available to all seniors and students.

The Annual Fund also directly supports free access to the museum collection in other ways. Through the museum’s digital initiatives, the public can search through more than 18,000 works of art online. Likewise, the Peggy L. Osher Art Study Room and Collection Committee Conference Room gives visitors the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the PMA Collection.

Public Programs

The museum’s public programs reach more than 54,000 visitors annually and are designed for visitors of all ages. The museum is proud to present and host a wide variety of educational opportunities, including gallery tours, artist talks, lectures, and special programming such as Family Days, PMA Films, and PMA360. 

PMA programming allows the museum to host a wide range of discussions about issues that matter. In the past two years, the museum has hosted a panel on Native American identity through the lens of Edward Curtis' photographs, a forum hosted by women business leaders in Maine, and a conversation co-hosted by the founder of youth art collective Kesho Wazo; invited renowned artists Tim Rollins and Nan Goldin for discussions; served as a venue for a conversation on Civil Rights through art and law, and much more.

Community Partnerships

The museum is committed to collaborating with local organizations to foster meaningful partnerships and create unique experiences that help advance arts and culture in our community. This past year, the museum collaborated with the Portland Symphony Orchestra, Portland Ballet, A Company of Women, Bicycle Coalition of Maine, Learning Works, Maine Humanities Council, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA), NAACP-Portland, Maine Jewish Film Festival, Maine Youth Rock Orchestra, The Telling Room, and many others, demonstrating our continued dedication to engaging disparate organizations throughout the greater Portland region.

Individual Retirement Account

The IRA Charitable Rollover allows individuals 70 1/2 and older to transfer up to $100,000 annually from their IRAs to charitable organizations without having to count the distributions as taxable income. For additional information about IRAs, please click here

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Give to the annual fund

Thank you for your support!
If you'd prefer to send your fully tax-deductible gift via mail, please send your contribution to: 
Portland Museum of Art
Seven Congress Square
Portland, ME 04101
If you have any questions or would like to give by phone, please contact the Philanthropy department at (207) 699-4908.
Many companies participate in matching gift programs for charitable gifts made by their employees. Check with your employer's Human Resources department to confirm if your gift will be made even greater through a match by your employer. 

Download the Annual Fund brochure here