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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. Our major fundraiser, Art in Bloom, helps to make this support possible.

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

Pictured above: Friends Board of Directors (2017-18)

Learn About the Friends

Friends Calendar

Friends December Lecture

Friends History & Timeline

MIA 1; Early Museum History

Friends Funds

School Bus in front of the building

Art in Bloom

Art in Bloom 2011

Become a Member

Friends membership is just $50 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;

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 contact the Friends office: (612) 870-3045.