Visit the event list page for details and to register for SAMA events.
We are able to open our doors to the public free of charge because of proceeds raised from our events. The SAMA museums offer luncheons with guest speakers, art classes, community events and award-winning student education programs. We cannot do it without the support of our communities. Thank you for supporting the museum in YOUR community.
As museums across the globe are navigating new and uncertain circumstances, SAMA is coming up with new ways to connect with the community. Without the ability to host large special events, we turn instead to virtual events and intimate gatherings where visitors and staff can engage personally in modified, smaller settings. We are working very hard to maintain and increase our programming and would be grateful for your participation.
We look forward to reinstating SAMA's annual fundraisers in the near future. Until then, SAMA is coming up with new ways to connect with the community. We are currently hosting many virtual events and intimate gatherings where visitors and staff can engage personally in modified, smaller settings. Visit the event list page for details and to register for SAMA events. Thank you for your support during this difficult time.
Altoona Think Pink
Think Pink is an electric evening of elegance and excitement hosted typically in the fall at the luxurious Blairmont Club in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania. Last year's event was sponsored by SAMA and the Magee-Womens Specialty Center at UMPC Altoona and included dinner, drinks and a silent auction with an incredible performance of dueling pianos by The Flying Ivories. This event benefits the arts while helping the fight against breast cancer.
Bedford Crystal Soirée
Crystal Soirée is a black-tie affair typically hosted in the winter at the opulent Omni Bedford Springs Resort and Spa. The theme last year was a black and white masked ball and was sponsored by SAMA and the Bedford County Humane Society. There were several workshops and events leading up to the big day which was an evening of entertainment, dinner dancing and a silent auction. Proceeds promoted art education programming to children K-12 and individuals suffering from chronic pain, the elderly, infirmed, and those on the autism spectrum. The Bedford County Humane Society, in their new facility, promotes humane treatment and care of animals by providing affordable sterilization surgery, reducing the number of homeless animals, and maintaining a safe and comfortable place for animals.
Ligonier Garden Party
Garden Party is held in the spring among the beautiful gardens of the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier Valley. This year, we're taking guests back to 1969 Woodstock with our nineteenth annual Garden Party. The event will be reminiscent of the late 1960s with delicious food, live music, silent auction items, and games of chance. Come have a groovy time at our Garden Party hosted on Saturday, June 12 at the Ligonier Valley Museum.
During the event, guests will enjoy two special exhibitions this year. Inside the Museum and under the tent, guests will be treated to live music. Games of chance will be offered as well a silent auction and 50/50 raffle. Dig the delicious “Woodstock-themed” trendy food menu and sit and enjoy the view while getting a henna tattoo! Can you dig it? Visit the ligonier garden party page to make reservations
The 2021 Gala is now being planned, this year with a Preakness race theme. Visit the loretto gala page to make reservations and become a sponsor.
After the elation and admiration of last year’s Derby Day Gala, this year our date and theme are based on the Preakness race on May 15th. At the Preakness Gala, you can expect delicious cuisine, beverages, auctions, casino, art, and dancing. As with all of our Galas, we encourage our guests to take part in the theme, this year Preakness themed attire. The race will be viewed ‘live’ on a huge screen for all to enjoy a breath of fresh air at Winsome Estate & Stables located at 391 Tel Power Road, Hollidaysburg, PA.
Please join us this year for an incredible The Preakness Gala on May 15th. Be advised all CDC health and COVID-19 social distancing guidelines will be in place at SAMA events.