Museum Councils are special interest groups that support the museum and its programs through fundraising, volunteering and/or providing educational programs. The Bowers Affiliate Councils (BAC) meets as a group once a quarter to share activities and discuss strategies for supporting upcoming museum educational programming and exhibitions.
The current roster for the BAC includes the following groups with more than half participating actively throughout the year:
Beads Society of Orange County
Provides the community with educational resources regarding the artistic, historical and intercultural significance of beads through regular meetings and annual events at the museum.
Provides experiences in art collection and connoisseurship. Members enjoy tours of private collections and galleries as well as travel opportunities and special parties.
Serve as ambassadors of good will by volunteering at the information and membership desks at social and fundraising functions.
Their 130+ active members provide tours of museum exhibitions to visitors, school and adult groups. The guild performs community outreach and holds regular meetings and programs at the museum.
Persian Arts Council
The Persian Arts Council promotes and expands knowledge of Persian arts and culture and its contributions towards world civilization. It sponsors activities, family festivals, and lectures for the community to experience the rich aspects of Persian history.
Bowers California Art Council
Provides support by assisting the museum with conservation, acquisition and exhibition of California plein air paintings and traditional art.
Italian Arts Council
Present the annual Italian Family Festival celebration in the museum courtyard, as well as a monthly Italian cultural film series and educational programs for adults and children.
Chinese Cultural Art Council
Promotes Chinese cultural arts in the community through lectures and activities in conjunction with the museum.