American Art and Wine

Join American Art and Wine and visit some of Houston’s best private collections focused on American art while enjoying fine wines. Members enjoy exclusive access to private art venues, gather to hear wine experts talk about trends in the wine business, and take behind-the-scenes tours of major exhibitions of American art. American Art and Wine supports the operations and acquisitions of the American painting and sculpture department at the MFAH.

Past program highlights include:

  • Private, curator-led tour of the exhibition Julian Onderdonk and the Texan Landscape
  • Evening visit to a private collection featuring American masterworks from the California Impressionists of the 20th century
  • Special lecture with Christie’s Americas on the American art market, followed by an art-inspired wine tasting

Parking in the Museum’s two garages is complimentary during Patron Group events! Members of Patron Groups also enjoy the discounted MFAH member rate when parking during regular Museum visits. Learn more about parking.


Members enjoy:

  • Invitations to exclusive American Art and Wine member programs

Plus:

  • The opportunity to bring guests to programs
  • Private curator consultation by appointment
  • Complimentary catalogues as determined by the program and exhibition schedule

Members enjoy:

  • Invitations to exclusive American Art and Wine member programs

Members enjoy:

  • Invitations to exclusive American Art and Wine member programs

Members enjoy:

  • Invitations to exclusive American Art and Wine member programs

Membership for one individual.

Members enjoy:

  • Invitations to exclusive American Art and Wine member programs

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Art + Paper

Art + Paper fosters a deeper appreciation for the graphic arts and encourages the understanding and collecting of works on paper through a series of exciting events with artists, collectors, curators, conservators, and other experts. Membership dues directly support the prints and drawings department, and the membership year culminates as the curatorial staff presents a selection of objects to consider for accession by the group.

Past program highlights include:

  • Special viewing and conversation at McClain Gallery about the exhibition Imagining Backwards: Seven Decades of Picasso Master Prints
  • Exclusive monotype printmaking demonstration with artists John Alexander and Karin Broker at Rice University’s Printmaking Studio
  • Private reception and conversation at Moody Gallery with artist Jerry Jeanmard

Parking in the Museum’s two garages is complimentary during Patron Group events! Members of Patron Groups also enjoy the discounted MFAH member rate when parking during regular Museum visits. Learn more about parking.


*By selecting this membership level, your generosity will support the prints and drawings department with a $12,500 pledge over five years, $2,500 per year, with the initial $2,500 donation due today.

Members enjoy:

  • Invitations to exclusive Art + Paper member programs

Plus:

  • All the benefits of the Benefactor level over the five years of the pledge

*By selecting this membership level, your generosity will support the prints and drawings department with a $7,500 pledge over five years, $1,500 per year, with the initial $1,500 donation due today.

Members enjoy:

  • Invitations to exclusive Art + Paper member programs

Members enjoy:

  • Invitations to exclusive Art + Paper member programs

Plus:

  • The opportunity to bring guests to programs
  • Private curator consultation by appointment
  • Complimentary catalogues as determined by the program and exhibition schedule

Members enjoy:

  • Invitations to exclusive Art + Paper member programs

Art + Paper Member: $750.00

Members enjoy:

  • Invitations to exclusive Art + Paper member programs

Membership for one individual.

Members enjoy:

  • Invitations to exclusive Art + Paper member programs

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contemporary@mfah

contemporary@mfah highlights and celebrates the role of contemporary art at the Museum through dialogues with museum professionals, tours of exhibitions and private collections, and artist studio visits. Members have the opportunity to travel to a major art destination with curators, and to learn about best practices in collecting with an emphasis on how to acquire and maintain the art of our time. As the Museum prepares for a major building expansion devoted to contemporary art, contemporary@mfah membership dues will help build the collection that shapes this new chapter for the Museum and Houston.

Past program highlights include:

  • Private viewing of the landmark exhibition of contemporary Cuban art, Adiós Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art, 1959–2015
  • Conversation and exclusive reception with Mohammed Afkhami on collecting and the exhibition, Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians—The Mohammed Afkhami Collection
  • Evening reception at the home of one of Houston’s most esteemed architects, distinguished by a global view of contemporary art and design

Parking in the Museum’s two garages is complimentary during Patron Group events! Members of Patron Groups also enjoy the discounted MFAH member rate when parking during regular Museum visits. Learn more about parking.


*By selecting this membership level, your generosity will support the modern and contemporary art department with a $10,000 pledge over five years, $2,000 per year, with the initial $2,000 donation due today.

Members enjoy:

  • Invitations to exclusive contemporary@mfah member programs

Plus:

  • First priority for contemporary@mfah trips
  • The opportunity to bring guests to programs
  • Private curator consultation by appointment
  • Complimentary catalogues as determined by the program and exhibition schedule

Members enjoy:

  • Invitations to exclusive contemporary@mfah member programs

Plus:

  • Second priority for contemporary@mfah trips

Members enjoy:

  • Invitations to exclusive contemporary@mfah member programs

Membership for one individual.

Members enjoy:

  • Invitations to exclusive contemporary@mfah member programs

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Core Salon

For those who wish to support emerging artists and critics in the Core Fellows Program, the Museum’s premier residency program at the Glassell School of Art, the Core Salon provides an opportunity to connect with Core Fellows and enjoy intimate gatherings, private collections and discussions on contemporary art. Those who join at the 10 X 10 level receive a limited edition work of art created by a former Core Fellow.

See more information and benefits below. For questions or to contribute, contact Kimball Tyson at ktyson@mfah.org or 713.639.7571.

Parking in the Museum’s two garages is complimentary during Patron Group events! Members of Patron Groups also enjoy the discounted MFAH member rate when parking during regular Museum visits. Learn more about parking.


All benefits of Core Salon, plus:

  • A limited edition artwork by a former Core Fellow. Past editions have featured the work of alumni such as Amy Blakemore, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Aaron Parazette, Karyn Olivier, Francesca Fuchs, Demetrius Oliver, Mark Allen, Sergio Torres-Torres, and Brad Tucker.

 

All benefits of Core Studio, plus:

  • Invitations to up to three exclusive Salon events.
  • The opportunity to travel domestically with Core Salon members and Glassell School director Joseph Havel. Destinations always feature a vibrant emerging arts scene.
  • Recognition at the annual Core Exhibition and in the annual Core publication.
  • A complimentary copy of the annual Core publication.

 

Membership available for individuals, age 40 and under. Benefits include:

  • Invitation to the annual Core Open Studios.
  • Invitation to the annual Core Exhibition Opening and Dinner.
  • Invitation to one Core Program private reception each year.

 


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Design Council

As part of the decorative arts department, the Design Council focuses on the defining role that art objects and design play in everyday life. This dynamic group meets bimonthly for lectures, visits to private collections, and behind-the-scenes exhibition tours. Design Council also supports the Museum’s growing collection of decorative arts and design. The membership year culminates with an annual vote where members select accessions from a curatorial presentation of artworks.

Past program highlights include:

  • Exclusive visit to a local home built by architect Anderson Todd for his family, which just received landmark status
  • A behind-the-scenes tour of Rice University’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen
  • Exclusive tour of The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta with guest curator André Leon Talley, who shared behind-the-scenes information about the exhibition and personal stories of de la Renta

Parking in the Museum’s two garages is complimentary during Patron Group events! Members of Patron Groups also enjoy the discounted MFAH member rate when parking during regular Museum visits. Learn more about parking.


Members enjoy:

  • Invitations to exclusive Design Council member programs

Plus:

  • Two guests may attend each program
  • First priority for Design Council trips
  • Private curator consultation by appointment
  • Complimentary catalogues as determined by the program and exhibition schedule

Members enjoy:

  • Invitations to exclusive Design Council member programs

Plus:

  • One guest may attend each program
  • Second priority for Design Council trips

Members enjoy:

  • Invitations to exclusive Design Council member programs

Membership for one individual.

Members enjoy:

  • Invitations to exclusive Design Council member programs

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Family Circle

The Family Circle fosters long-term appreciation of the visual arts for families and children while supporting the MFAH. Benefiting a range of important education initiatives, the group’s programs are led by the learning and interpretation department. The Museum hosts three events per year for Family Circle members, engaging patrons with the MFAH permanent collections and touring exhibitions. Family Circle members take exclusive behind-the-scenes tours that give children a personalized and interactive introduction to the world of art, and they participate in other fun programs that encourage lifelong interest in the visual arts.

Past program highlights include:

  • A special afternoon with the exhibition Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910–1950, a landmark presentation of modern Mexican art
  • Exclusive evening at the Museum to learn about fashion design as an artistic medium and explore the exhibition The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta
  • Family program focused on the monumental exhibition Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India, exploring treasures rarely seen outside of the royal palace

Parking in the Museum’s two garages is complimentary during Patron Group events! Members of Patron Groups also enjoy the discounted MFAH member rate when parking during regular Museum visits. Learn more about parking.


Family Circle is exclusively sponsored by:  Tory Burch


Membership for one household.

Members enjoy:

  • Invitations to exclusive Family Circle member programs

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Film Buffs

Film Buffs is the Museum’s membership group for movie lovers. Industry professionals such as director Charles Burnett, actors Stockard Channing and Peter Fonda, and Houstonians Wes Anderson, Jonathan Caouette, and Richard Linklater have all played a role in Film Buffs events. Receive at least 10 admissions to the Museum’s year-round film screenings in Brown Auditorium Theater (excluding some screenings); passes to sneak previews of new commercial film releases; invitations to social events and programs with visiting filmmakers and members of the Houston film community; MFAH Films, the printed film calendar; and a weekly email update. 

Already a Film Buffs member? Be sure to keep your email address up to date to ensure you receive film passes, updates, and more! Please email us with any changes to your contact information. 

Film Buffs get discounts on parking in the MFAH garages! Learn more.


  • All listed benefits
  • Unlimited admission for up to 4 people for most films throughout the year
  • All listed benefits
  • Receive 20 free admissions for films (10 per person)
  • All listed benefits
  • Receive 10 free admissions, after which admission to most films is discounted to $5

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Five-A: African American Art Advisory Association

Founded in 1993, the African American Art Advisory Association (Five-A) has given vital support to the Museum’s education programs, community outreach, and collections for the past two decades. Five-A seeks to introduce the breadth of the Museum’s cultural offerings to the African American community and to support audience development for African American art and artists to the general public. This patron group hosts engaging programs each year including private exhibition tours, exclusive receptions, and lectures by renowned artists, curators, and historians. Membership dues support the essential education programs of the Learning and Interpretation Department, furthering the Museum’s mission to exhibit and interpret art for all people.

Past program highlights include: 

  • Exclusive opening preview and reception with the artists of the 19th Biennial Citywide African American Artists Exhibition
  • An evening with the Museum’s director and curators of modern and contemporary art, focusing on two major acquisitions for the collection: works by Kara Walker and Mark Bradford
  • Presentation and panel discussion on the process and collaborative efforts to stabilize the John Biggers mural Contribution of Negro Women to American Life and Education

For more information about Five-A, please contact Ashley Powell at apowell@mfah.org or 713.639.7594. Please note that a current museum membership is required to join Five-A. For membership information please visit mfah.org/membership

Parking in the Museum’s two garages is complimentary during Patron Group events! Members of Patron Groups also enjoy the discounted MFAH member rate when parking during regular Museum visits. Learn more about parking.


Members enjoy:

  • Invitations for a couple to exclusive Five-A member programs

Members enjoy:

  • Invitations for a couple to exclusive Five-A member programs

Members enjoy:

  • Invitations for a couple to exclusive Five-A member programs

Membership for one individual.

Members enjoy:

  • Invitations to exclusive Five-A member programs

Membership for one individual.

Members enjoy:

  • Invitations to exclusive Five-A member programs

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Friends of Asian Art

Friends of Asian Art members play an active role in one of the most rapidly growing collections in the Museum. With the Arts of Korea Gallery, the Glassell Collection of Indonesian Gold, the Nidhika and Pershant Mehta Arts of India Gallery, the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Arts of China Gallery, and the Arts of Japan Gallery, the Museum offers something for every connoisseur of Asian art. Patrons enjoy lectures and private cocktail receptions to meet curators, scholars, dealers, and artists. Members also participate in exclusive viewings of exhibitions, collections, and behind-the-scenes tours and have opportunities for international, curator-led travel. A high point of the year is the annual seated dinner where Friends of Asian Art members vote to select ancient and contemporary masterpieces to be acquired for the Museum’s collection.

Past program highlights include:

  • Conversation with artist Byron Kim on Korean American art in Houston, celebrating the tenth anniversary of his commission Flight of the Kingfisher for the MFAH
  • An evening at the Museum celebrating the new installation of Chinese devotional Buddhist gilt bronzes from the Swergold Collection, featuring a lecture and conversation with collectors
  • Panel discussion on the rich history of Indian jewelry with MFAH curators; scholar and author Usha R. Balakrishnan; and scholar and collector Benjamin Zucker

Parking in the Museum’s two garages is complimentary during Patron Group events! Members of Patron Groups also enjoy the discounted MFAH member rate when parking during regular Museum visits. Learn more about parking.


Members enjoy:

  • Invitations to exclusive Friends of Asian Art member programs

Plus:

  • Four votes at the annual acquisition dinner
  • The opportunity to bring guests to programs
  • Private curator consultation by appointment
  • Complimentary catalogues as determined by the program and exhibition schedule

Members enjoy:

  • Invitations to exclusive Friends of Asian Art member programs

Plus:

  • Two votes at the annual acquisition dinner

Members enjoy:

  • Invitations to exclusive Friends of Asian Art member programs

 

Plus:

  • One vote at the annual acquisition dinner

Membership for one individual.

Members enjoy:

  • Invitations to exclusive Friends of Asian Art member programs

Plus:

  • One vote at the annual acquisition dinner

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Friends of the Art of the Islamic Worlds

Members of this group help the Museum promote the cultural and artistic traditions of the Islamic worlds. Patrons enjoy invitations to lectures by leading experts and collectors, unique private events, guided tours of MFAH exhibitions, advice from experts on building private collections, and exclusive travel opportunities. The group also holds a biennial gala celebrating arts and culture of the Islamic world that draws guests from across the globe.

Past program highlights include:

  • Private reception following the inaugural lecture in a collaborative series between the MFAH and the Humanities Research Center at Rice University
  • A lecture by Rice University professor Lisa Balabanlilar on the culture and society that the Silk Road developed in medieval Central Asia, followed by a reception at a private home
  • A lecture and dinner highlighting the cultural history and cuisine of the Levant

Parking in the Museum’s two garages is complimentary during Patron Group events! Members of Patron Groups also enjoy the discounted MFAH member rate when parking during regular Museum visits. Learn more about parking.


*By selecting this membership level, your generosity will support the Islamic art department with a $25,000 pledge over five years, $5,000 per year, with the initial $5,000 donation due today.

Members enjoy:

  • Invitations to exclusive Friends of the Art of the Islamic Worlds member programs
  • Exclusive travel opportunities with the Friends
  • Invitation to the biennial Art of the Islamic Worlds gala

Plus:

  • Recognition in perpetuity as a Sustaining Founder of Friends of the Art of the Islamic Worlds
  • The opportunity to bring guests to programs
  • Private curator consultation by appointment
  • Complimentary catalogues as determined by the program and exhibition schedule

*By selecting this membership level, your generosity will support the Islamic art department with a $15,000 pledge over five years, $3,000 per year, with the initial $3,000 donation due today.

Members enjoy:

  • Invitations to exclusive Friends of the Art of the Islamic Worlds member programs
  • Exclusive travel opportunities with the Friends
  • Invitation to the biennial Art of the Islamic Worlds gala

Plus:

  • Recognition in perpetuity as a Founder of Friends of the Art of the Islamic Worlds
  • The opportunity to bring guests to programs
  • Private curator consultation by appointment
  • Complimentary catalogues as determined by the program and exhibition schedule

Members enjoy:

  • Invitations to exclusive Friends of the Art of the Islamic Worlds member programs
  • Exclusive travel opportunities with the Friends
  • Invitation to the biennial Art of the Islamic Worlds gala

Members enjoy:

  • Invitations to exclusive Friends of the Art of the Islamic Worlds member programs
  • Exclusive travel opportunities with the Friends
  • Invitation to the biennial Art of the Islamic Worlds gala

Membership for one individual.

Members enjoy:

  • Invitations to exclusive Friends of the Art of the Islamic Worlds member programs
  • Exclusive travel opportunities with the Friends
  • Invitation to the biennial Art of the Islamic Worlds gala

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Latin Maecenas

Learn more about the exciting field of Latin American art through informal lectures, seminars, and visits to some of the most prominent private collections in Houston and abroad. Members have the opportunity to interact with important contemporary Latin American and Latino artists; travel internationally with curators; and learn how to recognize valuable opportunities in this rapidly expanding market. Funds raised by the group support the acquisition of Latin American artworks for the Museum’s collection. Latin Maecenas members are invited to the biennial Latin American Experience Gala, which brings the international Latin American art community to Houston.

Past program highlights include:

  • Talk with Colombian artist Leyla Cárdenas, followed by a reception at a collector’s home
  • Exclusive Latin Maecenas trip to Los Angeles for the opening of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, an exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles and Southern California
  • Artist talk with Uruguayan artist Marco Maggi, followed by a reception at a collector’s home

Parking in the Museum’s two garages is complimentary during Patron Group events! Members of Patron Groups also enjoy the discounted MFAH member rate when parking during regular Museum visits. Learn more about parking.


**By selecting this membership level, your generosity will support the Latin American art department with a $25,000 pledge over five years, $5,000 per year, with the initial $5,000 donation due today.

Members enjoy:

  • Invitations to exclusive Latin Maecenas member programs

Plus:

  • All the benefits of the Founder level over the five years of the pledge

*By selecting this membership level, your generosity will support the Latin American art department with a $12,500 pledge over five years, $2,500 per year, with the initial $2,500 donation due today.

Members enjoy:

  • Invitations to exclusive Latin Maecenas member programs

Members enjoy:

  • Invitations to exclusive Latin Maecenas member programs

Plus:

  • First priority for Latin Maecenas trips
  • The opportunity to bring guests to programs
  • Private curator consultation by appointment
  • Complimentary catalogues as determined by the program and exhibition schedule

Members enjoy:

  • Invitations to exclusive Latin Maecenas member programs

Membership for one individual.

Members enjoy:

  • Invitations to exclusive Latin Maecenas member programs

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Museum Collectors


Founded in 1979, Museum Collectors was the first patron group to be established at the MFAH. Members support acquisitions for all curatorial departments and enjoy private tours of important art venues, as well as curator lectures, exhibition tours, and events focused on best practices in collecting. Among the group's most popular events is the spring meeting, where members vote on artworks to acquire using membership dues.

Past program highlights include:

  • Curator-led tour of the exhibition The Edith A. and Percy S. Straus Collection, featuring a 1941 gift of artworks that became the cornerstone of the Museum’s European art collection
  • Exclusive open studio evening with the artists-in-residence at both the Lawndale Art Center and Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
  • Private, curator-led tour of the exhibition Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India

Parking in the Museum’s two garages is complimentary during Patron Group events! Members of Patron Groups also enjoy the discounted MFAH member rate when parking during regular Museum visits. Learn more about parking.


Members enjoy:

  • Invitations to exclusive Museum Collectors member programs

Plus:

  • Four votes at the annual meeting in May
  • First priority for Museum travel opportunities

Members enjoy:

  • Invitations to exclusive Museum Collectors member programs

Plus:

  • Two votes at the annual meeting in May
  • Second priority for Museum travel opportunities

Members enjoy:

  • Invitations to exclusive Museum Collectors member programs

Plus:

  • One vote at the annual meeting in May

Membership for one individual.

Members enjoy:

  • Invitations to exclusive Museum Collectors member programs
  • One vote at the annual meeting in May

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Photo Forum

Founded in 1988, Photo Forum supports the photography department and has made possible the acquisition of more than 400 Modern and contemporary photographs. Patrons gain access to the Museum’s curators and renowned collection through behind-the-scenes seminars, special tours and exhibition receptions, artist lectures, and visits to prominent private collections. Members at all levels are also entitled to cast ballots on works proposed for acquisition at the annual “Vote Night,” the celebratory climax of each year’s calendar. This ongoing program of activities provides an enriching experience for collectors and enthusiasts, and through their contributions, Photo Forum members help the Museum bring the very best of the art of photography to a broad public.

Recent program highlights include:

  • Curatorial presentations of the past year’s major acquisitions in photography
  • Photography-centered patron trip to San Francisco with an exclusive behind-the-scenes visit to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and visits to private collections in the city
  • Tour of the exhibition Modernism on the Ganges with Mia Fineman, associate curator of photographs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and organizer of the exhibition

 

Parking in the Museum’s two garages is complimentary during Patron Group events! Members of Patron Groups also enjoy the discounted MFAH member rate when parking during regular Museum visits. Learn more about parking.


Members enjoy:

  • Invitations for two to exclusive Photo Forum member programs

Plus:

  • Private curator consultation by appointment
  • May invite two guests to each program
  • First priority for Photo Forum trips and private collection visits
  • Four ballots for annual "Vote Night"
  • An inscribed copy of each photography catalogue newly published by MFAH

Members enjoy:

  • Invitations for two to exclusive Photo Forum member programs

Plus:

  • May invite one guest to each program
  • Second priority for Photo Forum trips and private collection visits
  • Three ballots for annual "Vote Night"
  • An inscribed copy of each photography catalogue newly published by MFAH

Members enjoy:

  • Invitations for two to exclusive Photo Forum member programs

Plus:

  • Two ballots for annual "Vote Night"

Members enjoy:

  • Invitations for two to exclusive Photo Forum member programs
  • One ballot for annual “Vote Night”

Membership for one individual.

Members enjoy:

  • Invitations to exclusive Photo Forum member programs
  • One ballot for annual “Vote Night”

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Rienzi Society

The Rienzi Society benefits the MFAH’s collections of European decorative arts displayed in the former home of Carroll Sterling and Harris Masterson III. Members of the Rienzi Society receive special invitations to lectures and are invited each year to participate in selecting pieces for the collection to be purchased with funds raised at the Rienzi Society Dinner. The evening allows members to preview the items available for acquisition, and to enjoy a spectacular formal dinner in the Rienzi ballroom.

Membership Dues (individual): $2,500.

(FMV for an individual membership is $100 and $200 for a couple.)

For more information, contact RienziSociety@mfah.org or 713.639.7523.

Parking in the Museum’s two garages is complimentary during Patron Group events! Members of Patron Groups also enjoy the discounted MFAH member rate when parking during regular Museum visits. Learn more about parking.



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The Guild

Join the MFAH Guild, the leadership group of the Museum's volunteers. Members of this patron group help encourage, foster, and support the important role carried out by the Museum's volunteers, whose efforts are critical to the success of the MFAH. Members enjoy exclusive participation in special lectures, social events, art-based trips, and leadership opportunities. As a Guild member, you will join in the warm camaraderie shared by hundreds of talented people dedicated to the success of the MFAH through volunteerism.



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