Founded in 1922, Friends of the Institute is a volunteer organization of members of the Minneapolis Institute of Art dedicated to supporting, enhancing, and sustaining the collections, programs, and influence of the museum. Today, Friends of the Institute is one of the nation’s largest and most active art museum volunteer organizations.

The Friends support the museum in many ways—by providing free public lectures, buses to bring schoolchildren to the museum for  tours, artwork for the permanent collection, and funding for innovative children’s art education programs. Our major fundraiser, Art in Bloom, helps to make this support possible.

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