Friends members to celebrate Mia’s departing Director at an open-house reception.
The music world has Beyonce, Bono, Adele – all recognized by one name. The museum world has Kaywin. She is our rock star.
During her time at Mia, Kaywin consistently challenged the Friends to think beyond our comfort zone, to further our mission of supporting, enhancing, and sustaining the collections, programs, and influence of Mia.
The support and recognition Kaywin has given to the Friends cannot be understated, and in particular, she has always been a strong supporter of Art in Bloom, the Friends main fundraiser. In 2018 the Friends raised the most money in our history of Art in Bloom and brought in record-breaking numbers of attendees. The funds raised by Art in Bloom enable Friends to make substantial contributions to our museum.
In 2014, Kaywin challenged the Friends to be one of three major sponsors for Mia’s 100 birthday-year celebration in 2015. When this idea was brought to the Friends Board, we were overwhelmed with the thought of raising that much money. But we reached our goal with the help of generous donors. Without Kaywin there to challenge us, we wouldn’t have realized this success and such heightened visibility.
In 2017, Kaywin presented us with the opportunity to support the acquisition of Eugene Delacroix’s Still Life with Dahlias, Zinnias, Hollyhocks and Plums for Mia’s permanent collection. This masterpiece will always be connected to the Friends of the Institute. This acquisition has been a central part of my tenure, and I will always be appreciative of Kaywin for bringing this opportunity to the Friends.
In spring 2008, I started touring at Mia as an Art Adventure Guide, at the same time Kaywin started her tenure as Director and President of Mia. For me, it is hard to imagine Mia without Kaywin leading us.
As Kaywin—our rock star—begins her next chapter, we will be cheering for her as she brings her signature combination of vision, motivation, and passion for the arts to a larger audience at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.
Please join us in celebrating Kaywin and wishing her well at an open-house reception on her final day at Mia, Friday, March 1, 2019. Friends members are welcome to stop by the Wells Fargo Community Room between 10AM and noon to enjoy hospitality and extend Kaywin our thanks and best wishes. Please RSVP with the Friends Office (612.870.3045).
President, Friends of the Institute
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