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Council of Contemporaries 2024-2025 Officers

Caroline Byrd, Chair
Austin Wiegand, Vice-Chair
Kristin Byrne Ohlmansiek, Summer Soirée Co-Chair
McKenzie Mullins, Summer Soirée Co-Chair

Council of Contemporaries Benefits

Members of Council of Contemporaries enjoy benefits throughout the year that allow them to both support and enjoy Cheekwood’s fifty-five acres across 13 distinct gardens, art exhibition openings and receptions, seasonal festivals, and musical programming.
2024 Calendar of Events

Council of Contemporaries is open to young professionals ages 21-40.

Individual ($175) | Dual ($250)

  • Quarterly opportunities exclusively for Council of Contemporaries members including networking happy hours, exhibition openings, behind-the-scenes tours, and more
  • Invitation to the annual private preview of Holiday LIGHTS before it opens to the public
  • Group volunteer opportunities that support Cheekwood’s year-round art installations, garden blooms, educational programming, and cultural festivals
  • An annual Individual or Dual Cheekwood Membership (based on which CoC level is chosen) with all standard member benefits including complimentary general admission and parking; ticket discounts for special events; a 10% discount at the Cheekwood Gift Shop, and more
    • Individual Council members receive 1 adult ticket for every visit
    • Dual Council members receive 2 adult tickets for every visit
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What does Council of Contemporaries fund?

Your donation to Council of Contemporaries allows Cheekwood to keep our gates open for 400,000 visitors annually and ensures funds are available to:

  • Support world-class exhibitions
  • Offer high-quality education and family activities, public programming for all ages and year-round festivals celebrating the four seasons
  • Showcase seasonal gardens, including 250,000 blooming tulips every spring, 10,000 pumpkins in the fall, and over a million Christmas lights in the winter!
  • Make Cheekwood accessible by offering free visits to thousands of school-aged children each year
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Council of Contemporaries Founders Committee

Caroline Byrd
Matthew Davidson
Lindsay DeCarlo
Dawn Edwards
Lauren & Baxter Ingram
Eliza Montague, Cheekwood representative
McKenzie Mullins
Becky Paxton
Elly Tate
Jackson Vaught

Please reach out to Eliza Montague if you have questions about Council of Contemporaries.

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