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Friends Events: Highlights

These annual fund-raisers benefit the many vital programs and projects of the Friends of the Institute. Friends funds provide busing to the MIA for schoolchildren, support educational programs and lectures, purchase works of art for the permanent collection, and support many other museum needs.

Salon: An Evening with Friends

Salon: A gathering of people under the roof of an inspiring host, held partly to amuse one another and partly to refine the taste and increase the knowledge of the participants through conversation.

A finely crafted fund-raising event, Salon: An Evening with Friends, debuts at the MIA on Friday, November 14, 2014. Organized by the Friends of the Institute, the night will be centered around conversations facilitated by inspiring minds with expertise ranging from fashion design to architecture, painting to cuisine. A panel featuring creative luminaries such as Cynthia Rowley, Bibhu Mohapatra, and Robyne Robinson will focus on the topic “What Drives Design.” The evening will stimulate lively chats, and be complete with a delicious dinner and music. Join us!

Cynthia Rowley

Cynthia Rowley


Bibhu Mohapatra


Robyne Robinson

Robyne Robinson

Art in Bloom

This four-day spring festival of fresh floral arrangements and fine art highlights the talents of more than 150 floral artists whose interpretations are on view next to the works of art that inspired them. This one of a kind experience fills the museum with floral fragrance and features lectures, demonstrations, special events, and free docent tours of the displays. Since 1984, Art in Bloom has been our most popular fundraiser and largest volunteer effort.

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Art in Bloom 2013

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Friends Fashion Show & Luncheon

DUGO 090508_431s8An elegant kickoff to Art in Bloom, this annual fund-raiser features fashions from the area’s top clothing stores and designers, along with a delicious meal and Friends legendary camaraderie.