Join the Western Folklife Center

The Western Folklife Center: A Place of Belonging, photo by Jessica Brandi Lifland  At the Western Folklife Center we celebrate the rural West through productions and presentations rooted in the values that grow from life on the land—values that illuminate the artistic and cultural expression of the people who work and play here. As a member, you join an extended family of friends and neighbors from around the world who are inspired by and devoted to this region and are committed to ensuring that it remains a culturally unique, rich and vital place. Join now.

We rely on income from memberships to underwrite the cost of programs and experiences you value. By supporting the Western Folklife Center as a member, you not only help us bring you the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, you help us produce outstanding exhibitions, award-winning public television documentaries and radio shows, as well as inspired ranch education programs. And, you get to buy your National Cowboy Poetry Gathering tickets one month early—many shows sell out, so this in itself is a good reason to become a member.

The benefits you receive as a Western Folklife Center member are:

  • Membership pin (for new members) and card.
  • Western Folklife Center CD or other gift.
  • Free admission to the E. L. Wiegand Gallery and reduced rates for accompanying guests.
  • Opportunity to purchase tickets early to the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.
  • Free tickets to a members-only show at the Gathering.
  • Invitations to special events and exhibit openings.
  • Selected ticket discounts for Elko events throughout the year.
  • Discounts in the Western Folklife Center Gift Shop.

Membership Levels:

Friend member - $40 – Membership benefits plus one ticket to a members’ show at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Members can purchase up to two tickets for each show at the Gathering. One $5.00 gift certificate in the Western Folklife Center Gift Shop.

Family/Dual member - $75 – Membership benefits plus two tickets to a National Cowboy Poetry Gathering members’ show. Members can purchase up to four tickets for each show at the Gathering. One $5.00 gift certificate in the Western Folklife Center Gift Shop.

Patron member - $100 – Membership benefits plus three tickets to a National Cowboy Poetry Gathering members’ show. Members can purchase up to six tickets for each show at the Gathering. Ongoing 10% discount in the Western Folklife Center Gift Shop.

Contributor member - $150 – Membership benefits plus four tickets to a National Cowboy Poetry Gathering members’ show. Members can purchase up to eight tickets for each show at the Gathering. Ongoing 10% discount in the Western Folklife Center Gift Shop.

Supporter member - $250 – Membership benefits plus four tickets to a National Cowboy Poetry Gathering members’ show and an unframed poster. Members can purchase unlimited tickets for each show at the Gathering. Ongoing 10% discount in the Western Folklife Center Gift Shop.

Partner member - $500 – Membership benefits plus six tickets to a National Cowboy Poetry Gathering members’ show, an unframed poster and a gift package. Members can purchase unlimited tickets for each show at the Gathering. Ongoing 10% discount in the Western Folklife Center Gift Shop.

Donor member - $1,000 – Membership benefits plus eight tickets to a National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Members’ Show, an unframed poster and a gift package. Members can purchase unlimited tickets for each show at the Gathering. Ongoing 10% discount in the Western Folklife Center Gift Shop.

Benefactor member - $1,500   Membership benefits plus eight tickets to a National Cowboy Poetry Gathering members’ show, purchase of unlimited tickets for each show at the Gathering, an unframed poster and a gift package. Year-round pass to all Western Folklife Center events (excludes Gathering). Ongoing 10% discount in the Western Folklife Center Gift Shop.

Sustainer member - $3,000 – Membership benefits plus ten tickets to a National Cowboy Poetry Gathering members’ show, purchase of unlimited tickets for each show at the Gathering, an unframed poster and a gift package. Year-round pass to all Western Folklife Center events (excludes Gathering). Ongoing 10% discount in the Western Folklife Center Gift Shop.

To join or renew your membership you may click on the "Join Now" button or contact our membership coordinator at 888-880-5885, ext 222 or (775) 738-7508, ext 222 or by email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .