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Upcoming Events for The Friends

Friend’s  Art and Architecture Tour to Duluth

June 17th and 18th  For lots more information

Art in Bloom Fashion Show

Art in Bloom is just around the corner, but first there’s a lighthearted and spirited kickoff event that you just can’t miss! Start your spring off in style at the annual Art in Bloom Fashion Show and Brunch fundraiser on Saturday, March 7, at 11 a.m. (check-in at 10:30 a.m.). Enjoy a delicious brunch from D’Amico, complete with Bloody Mary cash bar and legendary Friends camaraderie while viewing the latest fashions from local clothiers Judith McGrann & Friends, Primrose Park, Juniper, Edelweiss Baby, and Hammer Made. Invite your best friends, your daughters, your mothers, and beat the winter blahs.

Reserve your spot today—they will go fast. Tickets are $75 each ($40 tax-deductible) or $750 for a table of 10 ($400 tax-deductible), order online or by phone at (612) 870-6323. RSVP by February 27.

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, pay for educational programs and lectures, purchase works of art for the permanent collection, and support many other museum needs.

Art In Bloom Luncheon

An 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.

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.


Cocktails with Guest Lecturers

Spend the evening in an opulent home and share a drink with one of our renowned speakers.

Pictured: The Donaldson Mansion, the location of our October 2014 cocktail party.

Sponsored by the Mark and Mary Goff Fiterman Lecture Fund

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, debuted at the MIA on Friday, November 14, 2014. Organized by the Friends of the Institute, the night was centered around conversations facilitated by inspiring minds with expertise ranging from fashion design to architecture, painting to cuisine. These conversations featured creative minds such as Cynthia Rowley, Bibhu Mohapatra, and Robyne Robinson who focused on the topic “What Drives Design.” The evening was full of lively chats, and was completed with a delicious dinner and music.