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The Desert’s premier women’s support organization, committed to arts education, volunteerism and financial patronage for over 35 years. Founded in 1988 by a group of notable, civic-minded women including Leonore Annenberg, Betty Ford and Dolores Hope, The Muses & Patroness Circle is dedicated to supporting the programs of McCallum Theatre Education through their personal membership gifts, passionate fundraising and advocacy for arts education. 

The Muses & Patroness Circle is comprised of talented women who share a passion for the performing arts as well as arts education for young people. Through these common bonds, they develop and nurture life-long friendships, while ensuring that thousands of schoolchildren, educators and families are served annually.

As a result of their leadership, they raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for arts education through the Muses Annual Fundraiser. To date, their philanthropy totals over $11 million.

Mission Statement

The Members of The Muses & Patroness Circle shall provide support for the McCallum Theatre so that it can attain its highest potential in providing enrichment, entertainment and education for the community. All monies from fundraising activities and dues go directly to McCallum Theatre Education Department.