A New Year’s Note from the Friend’s President.
As the Friends begin their 98th year, I am humbled to be a leader in this vibrant organization which works so hard to share with our community this treasure, which is Mia.
The past twelve months have been exhilarating.
Art in Bloom 2018 was a success by any measure, bringing more than 52,000 people to Mia, hosting the collective creativity of 260 pedestal artists, and raising over $200,000!
Last year saw our Transportation Fund host more than 9,000 children at Mia for tours of the museum. We also started a new program in conjunction with Mia’s Art Adventure guides, in which Friends volunteers went into the schools as Picture People, teaching the Art Adventure pieces in the classroom. Friends volunteers then supported the Art Adventure guides as chaperones for the students during their tours.
For our members, this past year we greatly expanded our offerings of gallery tours. These included increasing our focused pre-lecture tours prior to the Friends monthly lecture, and offering more Friends-only tours given by Mia curators and docents.
Our presence on Mia’s web page was enhanced and is now filled with information about Friends, and live links to facilitate donations, membership renewals and event ticket purchases.
I wish to give special thanks to Friends board committee chairs, all Friends members and volunteers, who so generously share their time and expertise in support of the Friends. You are truly valued.
For we who have much, it is important to give back. As I reflect on my service here, I realize that Friends fulfills my need to serve. I hope you feel the same. The Friends is a vibrant organization because of all of our dedicated members.
Best wishes to each of you in the New Year. I look forward to seeing you in the galleries, or stop by the Friends office for a cup of coffee!
Happy New Year!
President, Friends of the Institute