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If you have a passion for art and culture, the the Detroit Institute of Arts auxilary program is for you. With 11 special interest groups, the program is one of the largest of its kind in North America, and you needn't be an art expert to join.

Asian & Islamic Art Forum
Asian and Islamic Art Forum is a welcoming, international group of collectors, scholars, and community members who join the Department of the Arts of Asia and the Islamic World in promoting appreciation and understanding of the Arts of Asia, the Ancient Middle East, and the Islamic world.

Benefits of membership include national and international visits to galleries, museums, and private collections, and an insider's view of gallery installations and special exhibitions. Join us in our adventure through the artistic universes, past and present, of Asia and the Islamic World.

To become a member of Asian & Islamic Art Forum, you must have an active DIA membership.

Associates of the American Wing Membership
With one of the strongest American art collections in the world at the DIA, Associates of the American Wing enjoy behind-the-scenes events dealing with American painting, sculpture, and decorative arts of the 18th through early 20th centuries.

Members are invited to attend lectures by leading scholars and curators, enjoy private viewings of DIA exhibitions, and to participate in the AAW's annual trip, during which we visit important private collections, artists, and museums across the nation.

To become a member of Associates of the American Wing, you must have an active DIA membership.

European Paintings Council
As a member of the European Paintings Council, you will become intimate with the DIA'S renowned collection of European paintings through behind-the-scenes opportunities, visits to the museum's conservation lab, and gallery tours.

The council sponsors an annual public lecture, which bvrings a distinguished specialist of international repute to Detroit. Visits to special exhibitions at other institutions along with trips to international art markets allow members to see other great collections and become knowledgable about private collecting.

To become a member of Eurpoean Paintings Council, you must have a valid DIA membership.

Forum for Prints, Drawings & Photographs
The Forum presents educational and social programs built around related DIA exhibitions, lectures, and workshops to engage and intrigue enthusiasts of works on paper.

Visits to Metro Detroit-area private collections, artists' studios, and galleries that feature prints, drawings, and photographs are planned each year, along with an annual trip to an interesting art destination in the United States. Members also have the opportunity to purchase prints and photographs commissioned by the Forum.

To become a member of Forum for Prints, Drawings & Photographs, you must have an active DIA membership.


Founders Junior Council is a group of young professionals dedicated to making the DIA more accessible to more people. As one of the museum's largest auxiliaries, Founders Junior Council encourages involvement with and support of the museum through a variety of programs and activities that merge art and fun. These include behind-the-scenes tours, a masked ball, and parties such as ArtSeen and the annual Fash Bash - always one of the year's swankiest events.

These exciting soirees, generally held at the most prominent metro-Detroit venues, not only increase museum patronage, they also serve as an important source of revenue for the DIA at large. The proceeds help support the exhibitions, educational programs and magnificent collections, to which museum-goers have all come to know and love.

The FJC also sponsors events designed to educate potential collectors and enhance individual appreciation of art. These include: exclusive tours of artists' studios, private viewings of special exhibitions and selections from the DIA's extensive collection.

Becoming a member of the FJC is the perfect way to expand your cultural horizons and enhance your social calendar. And the perfect way to show your support for one of North America's leading art museums: The DIA.

To become a member of the Founders Junior Council, you must have a valid DIA membership.

Friends of African and African American Art
Friends of African and African American Art is one of the DIA's most active auxiliaries, supporting both the General Motors Center for African American Art and the museum's renowned collection of African Art. The auxiliary is committed to developing an appreciation of African and African American art and supporting acquisitions in these important areas.

Members are invited to attend lectures and special programs featuring nationally and internationally known artists and scholars. Since 1963, the Friends' gala fundraiser, Bal African, has been one of the most anticipated annual events on the DIA calendar.

Friends of Art & Flowers
Friends of Arts & Flowers' museum program began in 1984 to provide a colorful, living welcome to the DIA. the flowers are one of the few things a visitor can touch.

The program has expanded to include working with curators in creating interpretive flower arrangements for exhibition openings, providing financial support for a number of special DIA acquisitions, as well as hosting the annual Elizabeth flower arrangers and gardeners.

Hand-on experiences are available to members interested in orientation workshops as well as assisting with and arranging flowers. Participation has brought many arrangers and viewers great fun and real joy.

To become a member of the Friends of Arts & Flowers, you must have an active DIA membership.

Friends of Detroit Film Theatre
The Friends of the Detroit Film Theatre helps support the DFT film series and preserve and expand the DIA's collection of rare international film posters, photographs, and related materials.

Benefits of membership include invitations to advance preview screenings, special receptions, and lectures by prominent film experts. The Friends of the Detroit Film Theatre is instrumental in raising funds toward the restoration of the museum's historic auditorium.

To become a member of the Friends of Detroit Film Theatre, you must have an active DIA membership.






Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art
Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art promotes greater knowledge of modern and contemporary art and ideas.

Members enjoy visits to private and public collections and artists' studios, and educational programs to enhance the knowledge of collectors at all levels. The group is known for hosting exciting events that allow members to meet significant contemporary artists, outstandinbg collectors, and scholars. ArtTalks, a long-standing program, pairs lively and engaging speakers with imnportane local private collections.

To become a member of Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art, you must have a valid DIA membership.

Visiting Committee for European Sculpture and Decorative Arts
The Visiting Committee for Eurpoean Sculpture and Decorative Arts explores European works of art from the Middle Ages through the 19th century in all their variety - the picture frame as well as the picture, the sculpture and the table it sits upon, the carpet on the collor, and the parquet underneath.

Members are active collectors, scholars, and enthusiasts committee to increasing their knowledge of decorative arts and sculpture. They plan lectures and seminars and offer extraordinary travel opportunities, including tours of public and rarely seen private collections in the United States and abroad.

To become a member of Visiting Committee for European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, you must have an active DIA membership.