President’s Letter

Dear Members,

In late November the ambient light has changed and moody skies invite reflection. It’s a special time for families and friends to gather, celebrate traditions and share savory meals. I am thankful for many things including my talented Board of Directors, our Operations Coordinator Claire Goulson, and the supportive staff at Mia. 

We are looking forward to Mia resuming regular hours. Starting Tuesday, November 23, Mia will be open every day from 10-5, and open Thursday evenings until 9 pm (closed on Mondays).

In December, Friends will have the opportunity to mingle in person at our appreciation sale. This happens on Wednesday, December 1 and Thursday, December 2 in the Wells Fargo Room from 10am – 5pm. This sale is open to Friends members and Mia staff. These are new items purchased for the AIB 2020, an event that was canceled due to Covid-19.

On January 20, 1922, 45 women met in the museum’s boardroom to officially form Friends of the Institute. On January 20, 2022, exactly one hundred years later, Friends plan to celebrate in a very special way. Look for your invitation to an in-person lecture and birthday luncheon to arrive in the mail. Dr. Eike Schmidt, Director of the Uffizi Galleries, will be the speaker. Current members will receive a beautiful complimentary coffee-table book Friends for 100 Years. Ticket sales open December 10. Don’t miss this festive event. 

I look forward to seeing you in person very soon.