1869 Society

A group of young patrons and rising business, civic, and social leaders, the 1869 Society supports the Corcoran by hosting art-infused events throughout the year.  Its trademark galas, ARTINI and Fall Fête, take place every spring and fall, and Cultural Cocktail events are held monthly.

Taking its name from the year of the Corcoran’s founding, this group of dynamic young professionals is committed to promoting the arts in Washington, D.C. and celebrating the educational and cultural programs offered by the Corcoran. In the words of 1869 Society chair Carl Bedell, “The 1869 Society is a tremendous group of DC’s young professionals who have a shared passion for the arts and an interest in being a part of one of America’s oldest art museums. Our members enjoy special events throughout the year that provide a social atmosphere in which we can enjoy the Corcoran’s tremendous collection and support the museum."

To join the 1869 Society or to find out more, please call the Membership Office at (202) 639-1753, or email membership@corcoran.org.

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ARTINI is an annual city-wide celebration of the Corcoran, the art of mixology, and the 1869 Society.  Planning for the seventh annual ARTINI is already underway.  Mark March 22, 2014 on your calendars, the date of the 2014 ARTINI! Learn more

Fall Fête
Fall Fête is the 1869 Society’s annual black tie gala celebrating a debut exhibition at the Corcoran.
Planning for the sixth annual Fall Fête, to be held on Friday, September 26, 2014, is already underway.   Learn more

Cultural Cocktails
Throughout the year, the 1869 Society hosts Cultural Cocktails —happy hours with an artistic twist. These monthly events take place at the Corcoran as well as galleries, bars, and shops around town. See the Corcoran calendar for upcoming events.

1869 Artini

Join the 1869 Society Today

When you become a member of the 1869 Society, you enjoy the great benefits of a standard Corcoran membership:

  • Unlimited free admission to the Gallery to see special exhibitions and the renowned collection
  • Guest passes
  • Discounts at the Corcoran Shop and Muse Café
  • Reduced fees for Continuing Education classes at the Corcoran College of Art + Design
  • A complimentary subscription to the Night & Day newsletter and Corcoran E-News

You also enjoy these exclusive 1869 Society benefits:

  • Early registration for and discounts on the group’s events
  • Free or reduced admission to public programs and other educational opportunities
  • One additional guest pass so that you can bring a friend along to view the Corcoran’s exhibitions and galleries 

1869 Society membership is just $65 plus your primary Corcoran membership, which starts at $60.

1869 Society membership is complimentary at the Fellow level and all Chairman’s Guild levels; please make a note in the “Comments” field.

1869 Society Steering Committee

Carl Bedell-Chair
Jenny Chung
Lauren Flowers
Katie Funk
Kim Gube
Elizabeth Grazioli
Jennifer Key
Joseph Lai
Laura Lambert
Phil Mone
Jesse Phillips
RaShonda Rosier
Andrew Stein
Lindley Thornburg [meet her on Corcoran People]  
Huong Tran
Lindsey Vaala