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Who We Are

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Who are the Pratt Contemporaries?

The Pratt Contemporaries is a diverse group of young cosmopolitans who raise awareness of the Enoch Pratt Free Library and provide financial support for its programs. Through unique events and outreach efforts, the group provides a venue for emerging creative thinkers who want to establish a lifeline between their library, their city, and their communities.

Why join?

Pratt Contemporaries membership dues, donations, and special events, including the Black & White Party allow the Pratt Contemporaries to make year-end grants that fund child and teen literacy programs and improvements to branch children's departments at the Enoch Pratt Free Library. Since its inception, the Contemporaries have raised over $1 million!

Pratt Contemporaries members enjoy an exciting array of benefits. Here are just a few:

  • Receive free or reduced-rate admission to Pratt Contemporaries year-round events
  • Gain access to the exclusive Black & White Party member pre-sale and get first dibs and reduced pricing on tickets to this sell-out event.
  • Enjoy complimentary ticket(s) to our signature fundraiser, the Black & White Party (at upper levels of membership)
  • Meet prominent writers, artists and intellectuals at library events
  • Support child and teen literacy programs at the Enoch Pratt Free Library!

Click here to view membership benefits and levels.

Monthly membership payments can be structured for Mission Maker ($600 annually / $50 monthly) or Leader level ($1,200 annually / $100 monthly) members.

All membership transactions are final and will not be refunded once processed.

Monthly donors do receive Black & White Party ticket benefits, but a majority of membership payments must be paid to receive them. New monthly donors after December 1, 2019 will receive Black & White Party ticket benefits for the 2021 Party/