Our organization is without accomplishments if a solid core of volunteers is not present. Fortunately, there were so many to thank last month when the centennial committee hosted a salute to these volunteers as well as the Friends’ affiliates from Rochester and St. Cloud. Cake (with the most decadent whipped cream frosting!) and Friends’ personalized cookies were served to all those who stopped by. Decades old Friends’ tea sets were polished and used, so reminiscent of our history of enjoying many cups of tea over the decades. Thank you to all who attended. It was so wonderful to see so many smiling faces!
So as the centennial celebratory year winds down, the Friends now wish to look to the future, our community of children!
Please join us on Sunday, December 11th, for Mia’s “Friends Forever” Family Day focusing on meaningful art created by area youth. Over the past few months, 3rd grade, 5th grade and high school students from St. Paul Music Academy, Minnesota Transition Charter School and North Community High School have toured Mia. They were asked to visualize art speaking to the future of their communities, then to create art projects of their own. These artworks are now on exhibit at Mia. Current topics such as climate change inspired the elementary students to create cardboard and clay models resembling outdoor spaces and futuristic structures. The high schoolers used printmaking to relay their feelings and visions of a more just future.
Friends provided funding for the art instructors as well as the art supplies for these students. Students are encouraged to attend this Family Day event, perhaps having the opportunity to discuss their creations with visitors. Art projects will also be a highlight for children to enjoy. Friends will be providing a treat for children making this an even more special day at the museum.
Friends’ volunteers will be needed to help with various tasks during the day. We would love to see you, so please call the Friends office at 612-870-3045 if you are interested. What a wonderful opportunity to witness the joy of art!
With this being the last column the centennial history publication committee presents, we wish to thank everyone who has so generously supported our year of events. Your presence, your enthusiasm, and your encouragement mirror the one hundred years of Friends joining together fulfilling its mission of bringing the community together, supporting children, and always striving to be the best partner with Mia while achieving mutual goals. We look to embrace the future, excited to witness strength, more friendships formed, and more smiles for everyone involved.
With warmhearted thanks for your support, and wishes for a healthy, safe, and fulfilling holiday season and new year ahead. And of course, to the next one hundred years!
Friends History Publication Committee