Help the Carlos Museum tell the stories of civilization

With hundreds of areas to direct your giving through MyEmory, deciding what at Emory to support can be a difficult choice. For Emmanuel Lartey, L. Bevel Jones III Professor of Pastoral Theology, Care, and Counseling at Candler School of Theology, contributing to the Michael C. Carlos Museum through a membership made perfect sense.

“The series of special exhibitions and events hosted at the museum, in addition to its permanent collections, is a major attraction,” Lartey says, highlighting African Cosmos: Stellar Arts (on view through June 21) as an example of the extraordinary museum offerings. “Being able to play a more active role in bringing these exhibitions to the Carlos is quite rewarding.”

Membership support helps the Carlos Museum offer innovative learning opportunities, expand and preserve its premier collections, and develop world-class exhibitions. In return, members receive generous benefits and unique opportunities to experience treasures left by history’s artists, scribes, and storytellers.

“The Carlos Museum is our gateway to ancient worlds and wonders,” says Sherry Ebrahimi 97C, director of the Office of University Conferences.

Whether taking an afternoon break to walk through an exhibition, bringing her son to one of the museum’s camps, or attending a special members-only event with her family, Ebrahimi enjoys the many benefits of museum membership.

“We were delighted to spend time with one of our favorite Atlanta bartenders at Mummies and Mixers, and my son was thrilled more than anyone can imagine when he was able to sit in the members-only seating for the lecture by Rick Riordan [author of the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series],” she says.

Lartey, whose area of focus is intercultural studies, often relies on the Carlos Museum as a teaching tool.

“If I’m teaching a course on healing, we can cross the Quad, and masks and other ritual artifacts are right there in front of my students’ eyes,” he says, adding that the museum is a terrific resource for high school students as well. “It’s a win-win kind of thing.

“The museum provides historical and archaeological study aids for classes, and we can help add to what is available by being actively engaged and involved.”

The benefits of membership include complimentary use of audio guides, free or discounted admission to museum-sponsored lectures, films, and workshops, and a discount at the Museum Bookshop. “The shop is one of my favorite places in Atlanta to purchase gifts, and I enjoy the members-only discount,”
Ebrahimi says.

“Memberships are so reasonably priced; there is no reason not to join,” she says. “The Carlos is something every Emory employee should feel proud of. I certainly feel a sense of pride when I show it off to friends and family.”

Lartey agrees. “The Carlos transports us into different times and cultures. Yes, this experience enhances the life of the mind. More important, it enhances the way we see and relate to other people, no matter the differences in our cultural backgrounds.”

To learn more about museum membership levels and to join, visit carlos.emory.edu/get-involved/join.
To become a member using payroll deduction, log on to PeopleSoft.