Letter from the President

Dear Friends, 

Our most beautiful season of the year has begun—crisp air, colorful leaves, and comfortable temperatures. As a retired school teacher, I remember all the anticipation and excitement of a new year, and the application of creative methods I learned in summer classes and workshops to help my students learn to speak fluent Spanish.

 As Friends president, my goal is to deliver great programs to our current members, increase membership, and to give Mia our historic strong backing. Mia needs Friends support now more than ever and we need yours. Please renew your membership today, and help our organization celebrate one hundred fabulous years in 2022.

 The kickoff of the first-ever virtual Friends Lecture Series with guest speaker Ellen Winner was a big success with nearly 250 in “attendance”!  The talented and hard-working Lecture committee has a not-to-missed line-up of free and open-to-the-public talks, supported by the Mark and Mary Goff Fiterman Fund.

 Friends Only tours and the Book Club also have monthly offerings for members. Don’t miss an all new Friends 101 on October 20 to learn about one hundred fruitful years of fulfilling the mission to support, enhance and sustain the collection, programs, and influence of Mia. Lots of intriguing history, followed by a special tour by Dr. Andreas Marks, the Mary Griggs Burke Curator of Japanese and Korean Art and Director of the Clark Center at Mia who will take us through Hagiwara Hideo’s colorful abstract woodblock prints of Mount Fuji. You can follow that up with a visit to the museum to see it in person! 

Check the always superb Friends newsletter to stay up on all the activities. Next issue will contain information about an exciting upcoming collaboration between Mia’s Learning and Innovation department and Centro’s Tyrone Guzmán. With support from the Friends, we look forward to creating educational video for Day of the Dead (in English and Spanish) to share with everyone! 

Maria Eggemeyer