The Bus and Us: Friends for 40 Years

In a wonderfully fitting way to celebrate their long friendship, Barb bought a school bus to Mia in honor of her dear friend Sue.

Barb Levie and Sue Stillman
Barb Levie and Sue Stillman

Friends Board member and Volunteer Chair Sue Stillman and her friend Barb Levie have shared a 40-year friendship. Barb was no stranger to Mia, in fact, she was a 45-year member and a Minneapolis College of Art & Design graduate. However,  Sue introduced her to the Friends of the Institute with a “BOGO” membership several years ago. Now Barb is a Friends volunteer and participant in many events including lectures, luncheons and the 2017 Art and Architecture trip to Cuba.
As Sue says, “We brought our personal relationship here.” In a wonderfully fitting way to celebrate their long friendship, Barb bought a school bus to Mia in honor of Sue. “I started crying when she handed me the bus,” Sue says. Barb comments, “I know how much Sue loves Mia and the Friends. She was a teacher for years and values education. So what better way to honor her than by bringing 45 school children to Mia?”
This past year 65 bus grants were made to underserved schools in the Twin Cities. These grants give students the opportunity to tour Mia’s outstanding art collection and be inspired by the wonder of art. Each grant is funded by the Friends Transportation Fund, made possible by each $175 gift. As a token of the gift, each recipient is given a miniature yellow school bus.
Honor a friend, celebrate a friend, remember a friend. To buy a bus or for more information, contact the Friends office at 612.870.3045.