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.  As one of the McCallum Theatre’s largest donors, The Muses & Patroness Circle ensures that more than 50,000 schoolchildren, educators and families are served annually at the theatre, in the classroom and on-line through signature programs including the Aesthetic Education Program, Field Trip Series, On-Line Series, the Palm Desert Choreography Festival and Open Call Talent Project. 


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.  With these common bonds, The Muses & Patroness Circle creates and nurtures life-long friendships.  Through their unprecedented and active fundraising leadership, they raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for education through the Muse Annual Fundraiser and Sponsor Reception – two of the desert’s most highly-regarded fundraising events during the season. Members make annual gifts of $300, $1,000 or $2,500 in support of McCallum Theatre Education. 


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.