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Join the Friends!



Connect with the Friends of the Institute by becoming a member. You will be joining a group of over 1,000 friendly, art-loving staunch supporters of the museum. Our mission statement communicates our dedication to supporting, enhancing and sustaining the collections, programs, and influence of the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Art in Bloom, our largest annual fundraiser, ushers in Minnesota springtime. Last year over 41,000 visitors came to the four-day extravaganza at the museum to celebrate spectacular flowers and exquisite art. The 2016 Art in Bloom committee has started work on the upcoming 33rd Art in Bloom! Please join us this year, the smells are wonderful and the views are free!

By becoming a member and participating in our various volunteer opportunities you have a chance to make new friends and to make a difference. The Friends make noteworthy grants to the museum’s educational department. We also bring tens of thousands of school children each year to the museum for participation in educational activities as well as some docent lead tours. We support special exhibitions, we provide funds for museum acquisitions, and pilot programs for children. These Friends contributions, as well as our numerous others, have granted over $8,000,000 to Mia in the past 93 years.

For a membership of $45 your benefits are many. The basic Friends membership provides you with:
• Monthly Friends digital newsletter
• First access to Friends Lecture tickets
• Friends-Only classes and programs
• Art and Architecture tours
• New member events
• Volunteer and friendship opportunities
• Hospitality of the Friends office
We invite you to stop in the Friends office to meet Kate, our Office Administrator. She’ll answer your questions and give you additional information. We look forward to having you join Friends!


Connie Sommers
President, Friends of the Institute