Friends Funds

Friends gifts have helped secure important artworks for the MIA’s collection. Significant acquisitions include:

View a complete list of accessions made possible by the Friends.

Friends support made possible:

  • Updated computer technology for the Art Reference Library and Internet access with e-commerce capabilities for the Museum Shop
  • Seven Treasure Hunt brochures designed to create dialogue between children and their adult companions
  • Collection in Focus tour guide program
  • The renovation of Pillsbury Auditorium and the 24th Street Entrance doors
  • The Friends’ annual Holiday Tree with more than seventy-five needlepoint angels
  • Sponsorship support for various museum exhibitions
  • Fresh floral arrangements on visitor reception desks year round
  • The Friends Community Room, a multipurpose room in the Michael Graves addition
  • The Friends have donated well over $8 million to the Institute over the years. A variety of Friends Funds target special needs and priorities, such as providing ongoing support for the museum’s educational programs.