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Gaining Ground SOCIETY

The Gaining Ground Society is a collective of patrons dedicated to elevating and encouraging the ambitions of artists developing work for the world stage that reflects the African Diasporic experience in America. Gaining Ground Society members' annual leadership gift commitments provide the critical resources to advance ambitious new works for the world stage led by artists creating on an epic scale, removing obstacles for the work and allowing artists to maintain control of both their vision and their process.


Society Benefits

Gaining Ground Society members will benefit from access to Gaining Ground performances, events, and dialogues with ArtsEmerson artists at locations throughout the country.


Founding Chair – $25,000 annual commitment

Founding Chairs, in addition to the benefits and events offered at the Founding Member level, enjoy

  • Private reading/discussion of excerpts of new Gaining Ground work in one’s home or desired location, with a Gaining Ground artist, and the Directors of ArtsEmerson
  • Two (2) season packages to the upcoming ArtsEmerson season
  • Four (4) complimentary tickets to ArtsEmerson’s annual “World Alive! Celebration,” and recognition as a member of the event’s Host Committee
  • A direct phone line and email address to reach staff dedicated to personally handling your special requests

Founding Member – $10,000 annual commitment

Founding Members, in addition to the benefits and events offered at the Leading level, enjoy

  • Recognition as an underwriter for a Gaining Ground performance
  • Two (2) complimentary tickets to ArtsEmerson’s annual “World Alive! Celebration,” and recognition as a member of the event’s Host Committee

Leading Member – $5,000 annual commitment

Leading Members, in addition to the benefits and events offered at the Member level, enjoy

  • Four (4) complimentary tickets to all Gaining Ground performances in upcoming season

Member – $2,500 annual commitment
  • Invitation to the Gaining Ground Society’s annual Martha’s Vineyard event and annual “Director’s Reception” (The “Director’s Reception” will be an annual reception held in cities across the US where the Directors of ArtsEmerson, will discuss and present new Gaining Ground selections)
  • Listed on website and in playbill


Society Members

Founding Chair ($25,000+)
Ted and Mary Wendell
Sheila Johnson and William T. Newman Jr.
Marian A. Godfrey and Thomas J. Gardner
The Lars Foundation
Fred Lowery
Founding Member ($10,00-$24,999)
Janet and David Offensend
Pamela and Bob Adams
Alyce and Patrick Lee
Jessica Stafford Davis
Leading Member ($5,000-$9,999)
David and Christine Letts
Member ($2,500-$4,999)
Dr. Aliya and Reginald Browne
Dr. Natalie and Rashad Moore
Ken and Traci Johnson
Al Larkin and Wendy Fox
Evelyne Martial and Paul Alexander
David and Tami Rich
Drs. Robert and Shari Thurer
Michael and Therese Miles
Terry and David Wilkins