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Friends of the Institute

Founded in 1922, Friends of the Institute is a volunteer organization of members of the Minneapolis Institute of Art dedicated to supporting, enhancing, and sustaining the collections, programs, and influence of the museum. Today, Friends of the Institute is one of the nation’s largest and most active art museum volunteer organizations.

The Friends support the museum in many ways, by providing free public lectures, buses to bring schoolchildren to the museum for docent tours, artwork for the permanent collection, and funding for innovative children’s art education programs. Two major fundraisers, Art in Bloom and Salon: An Evening with Friends, make this support possible.

For more information, please contact the Friends office: (612) 870-3045;

Pictured above: Friends Board of Directors (2016-17)

Learn About the Friends

Friends December Lecture
Friends Calendar Learn More
MIA 1; Early Museum History
Friends History & Timeline Learn More
School Bus in front of the building
Friends Funds Learn More
Art in Bloom 2011
Art In Bloom Learn More

Become a Member

Friends membership is just $45 a year. Any Mia member may join the Friends. There are chapters in the Twin Cities, Rochester, and St. Cloud. Friends members enjoy many benefits, including:

  • Friends-only classes and tours
  • Friends newsletter
  • First notice of volunteer opportunities at Mia
  • Activities especially for new members
  • The hospitality of the Friends office

For more information or to join, contact the Friends office: (612) 870-3045;

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More About the Friends

2014 Friends Annual Report
2014 Art in Bloom Highlights (pdf)

Friends Board

The Friends Board of Directors is constituted of Friends officers, committee chairs, and special appointees. Members are appointed by a nominating committee each year and voted upon at the Friends annual meeting in May.

If you are interested in volunteering with a Friends committee, please complete the Friends Volunteer Form or contact the Friends office: (612) 870-3045.