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Two young adults browsing through art prints at LFOA

Friends of Art

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, primarily the Lakefront Festival of Art.

Over more than 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.

FOA Mission

The mission of FOA, a support organization of the Milwaukee Art Museum, is to raise funds, used primarily for exhibitions and acquisition of art; to cultivate leaders and volunteers in support of the Museum; and, to promote awareness and appreciation of the Museum and visual arts.

Current Activities

Lakefront Festival of Art »

Large group sitting at tables and watching a live musical performance outside of the Museum
Children creating paintings outside
Father with his daughter on his shoulders walks by different LFOA vendors and art
Group of friends posing with their purchases at LFOA
Two women talk to an LFOA artist about his vintage-themed pieces
Small group looking at pieces of art for sale at LFOA
People sitting outside at tables with beer during sunset
Man talking to a group of people about his art piece
Crowd walking around a large metal sculpture
Crowd of people inside the LFOA tent
People sitting outside on the pavilion


For additional information about FOA, please contact the Membership Hotline at 414-224-3284 or or download the membership brochure.