Friends Membership

Meet and Greet

May 17, 2021 10:00 am

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A Welcome for Friends’s Members New (and current!) on May 17

The Friend’s Membership Committee invites all NEW and current Friends members to a virtual Meet and Greet. 

This welcome to our newest (and current!) members is an opportunity to learn more about the Friends and hear about one of Mia’s latest initiatives, Self-Care, with Mia Community Arts Associate Krista Pearson. Krista will talk about how art can give all of us the ability to make connections with ourselves, each other and our world and inspire us with Mia’s virtual care packages.

We’ll also have a short presentation from the Friend’s Centennial Committee on the Friend’s history and the fabulous upcoming Centennial Celebrations in 2022.

Reserve your spot by emailing friends@artsmia.org. You will be sent a Zoom link prior to the meeting. We look forward to meeting you at the Meet and Greet!

Membership is free in 2021

Let’s get to 1,000 members!

In honor of our 100th Birthday in 2022 and to increase our membership to 1,000 leading up to that momentous event, Friends’ membership will be complimentary for all current and NEW Friends who might like to experience the benefits of membership for the remainder of 2021.

Help spread the word!

April brings us a real treat: Virtual Art in Bloom! And for the rest of the year, Friends will continue to host virtual events, including lectures and  Friends Only Book Club and docent tours, as we approach our 2022 Centennial year —100 years of partnership and support of Mia! 

Joining is Easy!

Just enjoy your complimentary year and pass along this letter we have written for you to share with friends who might ALSO like to experience the Friends and all Mia offers as a volunteer through Friends.

For join, click here or call 612.870.3000. 

Join the Friends!

Send a reminder to your friends that Friends membership is complimentary for 2021!

The  Friends of the Institute Board of Directors is happy to announce exciting changes to our membership process!

In honor of our 100th Birthday in 2022 and to increase our membership to 1000 leading up to that momentous event, Friends’ memberships will be complimentary for all current members for the remainder of 2021. 

We will also extend this membership opportunity to all NEW friends who might like to experience the benefits of a Friends membership for the remainder of 2021. Please encourage friends and family to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.

What do you need to do?

It’s easy! Either click HERE to sign up online, or call 612-870-3000 to sign up by phone.  

Your Friends membership will be complimentary through 2021. An option to join the Friends for the 100th Anniversary year (2022) will be sent to you in November.

In the meantime, you can join the Friends for all our wonderful events, lectures, and Friends Only events through 2021. Come experience the Friends as we celebrate 100 years of service to Mia!

How will this work?

If you paid membership fees during 2020, your complimentary membership will be extended from its expiration through December 31, 2021. Renewal notices will be sent out in November of 2021 and will include information about all of our current membership levels. This new format allows the Friends to streamline the membership renewal process and to minimize the longstanding question, “When does my Friends membership expire?”

Beginning in January 2022, all Friends memberships will be active from January 1 to December 31. This will help us track and remind members of renewal in a much more efficient way.

Help spread the word!

April brings us virtual Art in Bloom, and the Friends will continue to host virtual lectures and Friends-Only events. The Friends are approaching our Centennial in 2022—100 years of partnership and support of Mia. In celebration, the Centennial Committee is planning a wonderful year filled with a variety of special events. As a Friend, throughout 2021 you’ll find Centennial updates in our monthly Friends Newsletter that also features articles about Friends events that take place throughout the year such as Friends Only Book Club, Friends Only docent tours, Friends Lectures, and opportunities to support Mia for the next 100 years.

In other words: Joining is easy! Just enjoy your complimentary year and pass along this letter we have written for you to share with friends who might ALSO like to experience the Friends and all Mia has to offer as a volunteer through Friends.

 

 

Exciting Changes for Friends Membership

In anticipation of the Friends Centennial next year, membership will be complimentary in 2021. 

 

The Board of the Friends of the Minneapolis Institute of Art is happy to announce exciting changes to our membership process!

In honor of our 100th Birthday in January 2022 and to increase our membership to 1000 leading up to that momentous event, Friends’ memberships will be complimentary for all of our current members for the remainder of 2021. We will also extend this membership opportunity to all NEW friends who might like to experience the benefits of a Friends membership for the remainder of 2021.

How will this work?

If you paid membership fees during 2020, your complimentary membership will be extended from its expiration through December 31, 2021. Beginning in January 2022, all Friends memberships will be active from January 1 to December 31. This will help us track and remind members of renewal in a much more efficient way. Renewal notices will be sent to all members in November of 2021 and include information about our current membership levels. This new format will enable the Friends to streamline the membership renewal process and minimize the longstanding question, “When does my Friends membership expire?”

What do you need to do?

First, if your current Friends membership is active, your membership expiration date will be automatically changed to December 31, 2021.

In the coming week you will receive an email with a link that can be forwarded to friends and family who have not yet had the opportunity to enjoy all that a Friends membership has to offer. We ask that you PLEASE forward this to anyone who might be interested in joining. To ensure that the Friends endure for another 100 years, we have set a goal of 1000 members by the end of 2021.

Last year was a difficult one for everyone, and the Friends was no exception. But better days are ahead in 2021! April brings us virtual Art in Bloom, and the Friends will continue to host virtual lectures and Friends-Only events. Finally, the Friends are approaching our Centennial in 2022—100 years of partnership and support of Mia. In celebration, the Centennial Committee is planning a wonderful year filled with a variety of special events. Throughout 2021 you’ll find Centennial updates in our monthly Friends Newsletter that also features articles about Friends events throughout the year.

Check the List for Membership!

Help Friends Membership grow with an easy-peasy how-to Membership checklist.

Eugène Delacroix, France, 1798–1863
Still Life with Dahlias, Zinnias, Hollyhocks and Plums, 1835, Oil on canvas
Gift of funds from the Friends of the Institute in celebration of their 100th anniversary, with generous support from Nivin MacMillan, Mary Agnes and Al McQuinn, Sheila C. Morgan, Mary and Douglas Olson, Carol Burton Gray, Nikki and Ron Lewis, Lucy Crosby Mitchell, Linda and Phil Boelter, Pamela and Mark Friedland, Katie and Steve Remole, Elizabeth Short and Kirk Cozine, Lucille Amis, Carolyn and Tucker Dahl, Maria Eggemeyer, Gary and Gretchen Holland, Ed and Teresa Luterbach, Jane and Thomas Nelson, Suzanne C. and William B. Payne, Marilyn Sundberg, Marietta and Jot Turner, and gifts made in memory of Teresa Pfister, 2017.52

Membership is the theme of this month’s fabulous newsletter, and it is SO important to the Friends. As a member, your time, your attention and hard work have brought so many wonderful things to Mia! From yellow school bus grants that transport children to Mia to art acquisitions like the Delacroix, our members have volunteered and donated to make Mia a special part of our Minnesota home.

While we have enjoyed many years of growing Friends members, in recent years we have seen a slow reversal in renewals and new memberships.

The membership committee is developing new and innovative ways to retain existing members and to reach out to new members as well as to convert friends into Friends. But we need your help too.

How can YOU help? 

Two Friends, Frogtown, 1994 Wing Young Huie Gelatin silver print GIFT OF FUNDS FROM DAVID PARKER 98.228.2
  1. Invite your friends to become Friends at (Virtual) Friends 101 on Tuesday, October 20 at 10AM. See this month’s article on Friends 101 and sign up with a friend!
  2. Make sure you renew your membership. Each quarter, Membership sends letters or emails to lapsed and about-to-lapse Friends. Please look for renewal notices in your email this year, click here to join online, or complete this form and mail to the address on the form.
  3. Give the gift of Membership. Don’t just ask a friend to become a Friend. Gift a friend the fun of becoming a Friend. You can gift a membership anytime throughout the year by completing this form and designating a gift recipient (please include all contact info for the recipient).

Not sure if your membership has lapsed? Call the Mia Member’s Hotline at 612-870-6323 to find out when your membership expires. If your membership has expired you can renew it at the same time. 

Together we can keep our organization strong! Thank you.

 

 

Membership begins here: (Virtual) Friends 101

October 20, 2020 10:00 am

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Mark your calendars for October 20 as the Friends kick off our 2020 membership drive with a presentation by special guest Mia Curator Andreas Marks

Dawn over Lake Kawaguchi, 1981-1986 Hagiwara Hideo. GIFT OF GORDON BRODFUEHRER 2019.138.5

Attend with a friend! The Friends membership drive has begun and to kick off the year, we ask current Friends to invite future Friends to learn about and join Mia’s oldest volunteer organization at Friends 101.

Potential Friends members will be welcomed by President Maria Eggemeyer and the Membership co-chairs. Overviews of Art in Bloom 2021 and the upcoming Centennial celebration will be shared by Friends event chairs.

Finally, Dr. Andreas Marks, the Mary Griggs Burke Curator and Head of the Japanese and Korean Art Department and Director of the Clark Center for Japanese Art will give a 20-minute presentation on Abstract Prints by Hagiwara Hideo. 

As we approach the Centennial Year of the Friends, renewing and revitalizing the membership base, welcoming new faces, perspectives and talents to this group and growing the membership base is an important goal. Be a Friend and invite a friend!

Those interested in participating please email friends@artsmia.org to sign up. A Zoom invite via will be sent via email for participants.

We are thankful for our Friends

Thank you for being a Friend of the Institute!

 

In addition to supporting the programs and projects of the Friends, your Friends membership also includes many benefits and opportunities:

  • Monthly e-newsletter
  • First access to tickets for our free monthly lectures by prominent speakers, as well as access to Friends Only pre-lecture tours
  • Friends Only book club, special tours of Mia’s collection, other activities and trips
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Friendship opportunities while supporting Mia’s artistic vision
  • Affiliate Friends groups in Rochester & St. Cloud, featuring exciting local programs

Your individual membership in the Friends is just $50 ($90 dual), renewable annually. We also invite you to consider renewing at one of the following gift membership levels: $500 Benefactor, $250 Sustainer or $125 Contributor. Joining or renewing at a higher gift level helps cover the costs of programming and operations.

Do you have other questions or need more information? Call the Friends office at 612.870.3045, or check out our dedicated Friends home page at friends.artsmia.org.

Join or renew your Friends membership by calling 612.870.6323 or visiting tickets.artsmia.org today! 

Thank you for your support!

Learn about Friends at Friends 101

October 15, 2019 10:00 am

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Newsroom

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Mark your calendars for Tuesday, October 15. Learn more about the Friends followed by  a private viewing of the newly refreshed Americas galleries.

Les Namingha (American), Overlay, 2014, ceramic, pigments. Bequest of Virginia Doneghy, by exchange, 2018.6.1

Would you like to know more about what the Friends do? Please join us for Friends 101, a conversation about the history, activities, and opportunities available through the Friends. Whether you’re new to the organization or have been around for a while, we’d love to see you there! 

This popular event is free. Stay until the end of the event for an exclusive opportunity to join Mia’s Associate Curator of Native American Art, Jill Ahlberg Yohe for a presentation in the newly refreshed Americas galleries.

To attend please call the Friends office at 612.870.3045 or email friends@artsmia.org.

Membership will help you Renew!

We’ll help you remember to renew: quarterly reminders will be coming to you soon!

Thank you to all our new Friends who have joined since the beginning of the year and to all those who have renewed their Friends membership for another year. We truly appreciate your support!

Now that the Friends have access to more accurate membership information, we plan to mail quarterly renewal notices alerting you that your membership will soon expire. Following your renewal, you will receive an email acknowledgment with a list of upcoming Friends events, and hyperlinks to the Friends Newsletter and volunteer opportunities.

We look forward to seeing you at Mia!

Learn About Friends at Friends 101

This event on Tuesday, October 9 will be followed by a private viewing of Mia’s newest acquisitions.

Blue Sea with Rocks, 1922 Georgia O’Keeffe Pastel Gift of Alfred and Ingrid Lenz Harrison © 2017 Georgia O’Keeffe Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Would you like to know more about what the Friends do? Please join us for Friends 101, a conversation about the history, activities, and opportunities available through the Friends. Whether you’re new to the organization or have been around for a while, we’d love to see you there!

This popular event is free and will be held at 10 AM on Tuesday, October 9 in Studio 112. Stay until the end for an exclusive opportunity to view Mia’s newest acquisitions including Georgia O’Keeffe’s Blue Sea with Rocks, 1922 in First Blush, an exhibit in Gallery G353.

To attend please call the Friends office at 612.870.3045.