There are many ways to contribute to the community of artists The Watermill Center continues to foster.

Support of individual campaigns at The Watermill Center, including our annual Garden and Mentor campaigns, allows us to maintain our grounds and gardens, and sponsor young artists from around the world.

For more information, please email

photo © Kristian Kruuser

Your continued support is vital to our mission. At The Watermill Center, artists live with an awareness of what happened in the past – drawing inspiration from and reflecting on it – while creating the new and challenging work of the future. Help us continue our momentum by making a fully tax-deductible contribution today!


  • The Artist Residency Program | In 2020, The Watermill Center will host more than 20 international artists working across the fields of performance, fine art, music, architecture and literature. Your gift enables us to continue providing a global community with the time, space and freedom to develop their artistic practice.
  • The Education Programs | Our Education Programs are unique on the East End in that we tailor each program to the individual school or community group. We connect participants to internationally renowned Artists-in-Residence who lead them in collaborative and immersive workshops in performance, visual arts, music and creative writing. Your gifts allow us to continue welcoming over 1,500 students each year, completely free of charge.


For more information about our Annual Fund, please email or call (212) 253-7484 x119.

To donate by mail, please fill out the form here.

photo © Lovis Ostenrik


Each summer, more than 80 artists from over 30 countries gather at The Watermill Center to create and collaborate under the guidance of Robert Wilson during the International Summer Program. For this time, participants live and work together in an intense collaborative, creative environment, investigating what it means to be a “global artist.” Through the Mentor-Protégé Program, The Byrd Hoffman Water Mill Foundation provides financial support to offset the $7,500 cost per participant.

For more information about our Mentor-Protégé Program, please email or call (212) 253-7484 x119.

photo © Lovis Ostenrik


Surrounding the 20,000+ square foot Watermill Center facility are eight-and-a-half acres of verdant lawns, pebbled terraces and outdoor gardens. Each year, we select an area of the Watermill grounds to focus the efforts of our annual Tree Campaign. In past years, support of our Garden Campaign has enabled us to design and execute rooftop, meditation and sculpture gardens for our artists and most recently a wildflower meadow in honor of Clementine Hunter.

For more information about our Garden Campaign, please email or call (212) 253-7484 x119.

photo © Maria Baranova-Suzuki


Collaborators of The Watermill Center help support our year-round programming, making our Artist Residency and Education Programs possible. At all levels, Collaborators will receive name recognition in materials distributed at The Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit & Auction and invitations to quarterly cocktail receptions including one with Robert Wilson during our International Summer Program.

Invitation for two (2) guests to an Annual Summer Cocktail Party with Robert Wilson at The Watermill Center. Free admission for two (2) guests to Viewpoints Lecture Series (5+ events) throughout the year. A limited edition Watermill alumni artist-designed tote bag

COMPOSER – $500 
Includes all Performer benefits listed above.
Free admission for four (4) guests to Family Day at The Watermill Center (2x per year). Invitation for two (2) guests to attend the Annual Byrd Hoffman Holiday Party at Robert Wilson’s 29th Street Loft in NYC

**Sign-up at Discover Watermill Day and receive a set of Robert Wilson and Watermill artist designed illycaffè espresso cups

DRAMATURG – $1,000
Includes all Composer benefits listed above, plus invitation for two (2) guests to a community meal at The Watermill Center

DIRECTOR – $5,000 
Includes all Dramaturg benefits listed above plus name recognition in all Robert Wilson production programs around the world for one year

For more information about becoming a Collaborator of The Watermill Center​, please email ​ Collaborators can join by clicking on the links above, or by filling out and returning the form here.

photo © Kristian Kruuser


A passionate group of arts patrons in their 20s-40s, The Watermill Center Byrds was created to support The Watermill Center and further the progress of the arts. Founded and chaired by Nicholas Coblence, The Byrds help raise awareness of Watermill’s year round residency program, renowned partnerships with leading arts organizations, and the special exhibitions both at The Center and its NYC Chelsea Studio.

As a member of The Watermill Center’s young patron group you will enjoy special access to The Watermill Center and its international network of artists with invitations to attend various Byrds events throughout the year, including exclusive cocktail and dinner receptions; visits to artist studios, galleries, and private collections; invitations to select contemporary art fairs; and specially priced tickets to all Benefit events including the renowned Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit. The group receives special recognition on The Watermill Center website as well as in all Benefit printed invitations and materials.



  • Studio Visit with Daniel Arsham
  • Collection Tour of Robert Wilson’s NYC Loft, with curator Noah Khoshbin
  • Exhibition Tour of “Nari Ward: We the People” at The New Museum
  • Invitation to Artists’ Table @ The Watermill Center
  • Invitation to An Evening with Isabella Rossellini @ The Watermill Center

For more information about The Watermill Byrds, please contact us at

photo © Lovis Ostenrik

Looking to the future of The Watermill Center, Planned Giving ensures our legacy and commitment to artists for generations to come. Planned gifts, which can be made through bequests, trusts, life insurance policies, retirement plans, and more, provide many important benefits to both you and to Watermill. No matter the size, your donation is vitally important to the future success of Watermill, allowing us to continue to foster a global community of emerging and established artists and visionaries. We are happy to work with you to structure a gift that best fulfills your charitable goals.

For more information about Planned Giving, please email Director of Individual Giving and Special Events Elise Herget at or call (212) 253-7484 x116.

photo © Maria Baranova-Suzuki