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.