The Year Ahead Starts with Your Membership

Renew now to take advantage of all the wonderful things 2022 has in store for the Friends.

Friends President Julie Holland, Eike Schmidt, Director of the Uffizi Galleries, Mayor of Minneapolis Jacob Frey, and Katie Luber, Nivin and Duncan MacMillan Director and President of the Minneapolis Institute of Art

2022 has been such an exciting month for the Friends! In January, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey proclaimed January 20th “Friends of the Institute Day” and the Minneapolis 35-W Bridge was lit up in our signature Friends Blue. The proclamation was followed by our first in-person lecture in twenty-one months featuring Eike Schmidt, the director of the Uffizi Galleries in Florence, Italy.

Fast forward to February, also known as Friends February—a time when we continue to celebrate 100 years as part of the Mia family but also look forward to the future and all it holds as we continue a future of celebration and support of Mia.

March and April hold more exciting events. A Friends lecture with local artist and activist Seitu Ken Jones, a multidisciplinary artist, advocate and maker based in St. Paul takes place on March 10th and our monthly Friends-Only book club is back online and then in April, our annual ode to spring opens on April 27th with our Preview Party, as well as another Friends lecture and the Centennial Luncheon.

That’s the near future but did you know that in the recent past:

  • Our Transportation Fund has brought more than 25,000 school children to Mia in the past 10 years?
  • Art in Bloom brings over 40,000 visitors to Mia each spring? 
  • The Friends have made many, many contributions to Mia’s collection, including a Delacroix painting that now hangs in Gallery 321?
  • The Friends launched the docent program as well as Art Adventure and other volunteer communities to support Mia?

We could not have built this vital organization without the thousands of members and volunteers who have shared our passion for Mia over these 100 years. And we need you to help our organization thrive. How can you help? Renew your Friends membership!

Memberships now run for the calendar year, starting in January each year. So make the most of your Friends membership in 2022 and renew today! Click HERE to renew, stop by our table at lectures, or call 612-870-6323 to sign up.

As a reminder, all Friends members in good standing will receive a beautiful hardcover copy of Friends for 100 Years: A Lasting Legacy (while supplies last) and be invited to all centennial events as well as all of our regular Friends programming like lectures, docent tours, book club and Art in Bloom! 

We look forward to seeing you at Mia!