Friends of Art (FOA) is the primary volunteer support organization of the Milwaukee Art Museum. FOA raises funds in support of the Museum and develops activities to stimulate visual art appreciation and inspire volunteer leadership. Over 1,300 individuals volunteer annually to help organize and operate FOA’s fundraising events. Over $6 million has been generated through FOA events since it was founded in 1957.
Over the past 50 years, FOA’s fundraising efforts have helped the Museum to bring numerous world-class exhibitions to Milwaukee, as well as to acquire several hundred pieces of art for its Collection. Many of these pieces are currently on view in the Museum’s Collection galleries, including such notable artworks as:
Friends of Art volunteers assist with and are central to the success of a variety of fundraising events such as the Bal du Lac, Lakefront Festival of Arts, Perfect Pairings, and more. Opportunities range from committee responsibilities for event organizing to day-of event activities. Volunteers represent a broad range of lifestyles and enjoy the challenges and camaraderie that come with being a part of a group of dedicated and passionate arts supporters.