Founders Junior Council

The Most Fun You'll Ever Have Supporting The Arts!

The front of the Detroit Institute of Arts lit up with pink lights for Fash Bash 2019
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Founders Junior Council (FJC) is a group of young professionals dedicated to introducing young adults to the Detroit Institute of Arts and encouraging a lifelong involvement through a variety of fundraisers and social events organized around the museum’s world-class collection and special exhibitions. All funds raised go to support the DIA.

FJC members gain privileged access to one of the nation’s major fine arts museums. Enjoy exciting events that provide diverse social and educational opportunities, including opportunities to meet other young professionals and preview special exhibits with exclusive tours by DIA curators. Funds raised support the museum’s endowment, and operations, including K–12 educational programming and public programming.

Members enjoy advanced purchase tickets to Cirque and Fash Bash®.

Bi-annual evening soirées allowing for private viewings of special exhibitions, as well as the opportunity to socialize and network.

Behind the Scenes
This member-only perk allows after-hours viewing of a special exhibition or loan with a DIA curator.

This annual masked fundraiser featuring live entertainment is one of the best evenings in metro Detroit.

Fash Bash®
This annual fundraiser is the “must attend” sell-out event of the summer, with an outstanding celebration of art and fashion.

Join/Renew Membership

In order to be eligible for membership in the Founders Junior Council, you must be a member of The Detroit Institute of Arts.

For more information please call the membership office at 313-833-7971 or email

Executive Officers

  • Dexter Mason, President
  • Annie G. Thomas, Vice President
  • Madelyn Wisne, Membership Chair
  • Jamilah Jackson, VP Programming
  • Michelle Champane Dickow, Secretary


  • Chinonye Akunne
  • Rebecca Applebaum-Wyett
  • Christopher Boll
  • Brittni Brown
  • Shreya Chatterj Reddy
  • Nicole Colapietro
  • Amina Daniels
  • Aaron Dawson
  • Geralyn Gaines
  • Nicole George
  • Whitney Griffin
  • LaTresha (LC) Howland
  • Danny Kaufman
  • Morgan Kaufman
  • Eliza Kontulis Getz
  • Darin Lenhardt
  • Robert Lockett
  • Alissa Novoselick
  • Kat Quay
  • Kumar Raj
  • Christopher Rambus
  • Joshua Reiter
  • Aaron Roberson
  • Leslie Rosenberg
  • Kelley Saros
  • Veronika Scott
  • Lindsey Shaw
  • Diop Shumake
  • Ashley Slatkin
  • Alexander Strek
  • Jenise Williams
  • Matthew Wollack

Looking to the Future, Giving Today.

One of the major functions of the Founders Junior Council is to raise funds for the DIA, and in this capacity the FJC has a substantial impact on the future of the museum. Funds raised by the group are distributed through grants to departments for specific purposes. Following is a list of our recent major grants to the museum.

Endowment Campaign: $1,000,000 gift to the museum’s unrestricted operating endowment that will help secure the DIA’s long-term legacy for generations to come. The DIA recognized this historic gift by renaming its Egyptian Gallery the Founders Junior Council Gallery.

Digital X-ray Processor: $15,000 gift (made in conjunction with gifts from the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation) in support of the DIA Conservation Department’s efforts to preserve the treasures of the DIA art collection. $50K gift to the Art Carts.

Endowment Campaign: $500,000 gift to the unrestricted operating endowment, helping to secure the DIA’s long-term legacy for generations to come.

125th Anniversary Campaign Gift: Funding of the left case of the Paul McPharlin Puppet Collection $200,000 Puppet & Family Sundays Program: Program Support for one year $50,000

Curatorial Department: Funding of 2009-10 Arts and Minds Brochure- $7,310

Education Department: Drop-in workshops- $30,000

Manoogian Challenge: $20,000

European Paintings Department: Acquisition of antique period frame for Poussin's Selene and Endymion — $35,000

Native American Art Department: Acquisition of Great Lakes Native American Spoon — $25,000

European Sculpture and Decorative Arts Department: Reinstallation and reinterpretation of the 16th- and 17th-Century French Collection — $48,000

Department of American Art: Restoration of the pre-Civil War Gallery — $32,000

Graphic Arts Department: Installation of Robert Frank photographs

Twentieth Century Art Department and Education Department: Reinstallation of the 20th Century galleries — $55,000

Department of American Art: Restoration of two 19th Century American Landscape galleries — $40,000

Graphic Arts Department: Acquisition of 14 photographs by Robert Frank — $20,000

Education Department: Establishment of a permanent collections video library — $24,800

European Sculpture and Decorative Arts and Conservation Departments: Conservation of the tapestry Saint Paul Before Porcius Sestus — $25,000

African, Twentieth Century and Graphic Arts Departments: Acquisition of a work by Jacob Lawrence — $5,000

The list of this year's sponsors can be found on the event page here


Gala: As a $25,000 sponsor, the FJC is excited to support this annual event. The 2023 celebration recognizes the 50th Anniversary of the Detroit Film Theatre and honors Mary Anne and Eugene A. Gargaro, Jr. for their legacy of leadership at the DIA.


Van Gogh in America Exhibition: FJC was a lead sponsor with a $500,000 gift in support of this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition. Van Gogh in America celebrated the Detroit Institute of Art’s status as the first public museum in the United States to purchase a painting by Vincent van Gogh, his Self-Portrait (1887). In honor of the 100th anniversary of its acquisition, visitors experienced 74 authentic Van Gogh works from around the world and discovered the fascinating story of America’s introduction to this iconic artist.



African American Art Operating Endowment: A gift of $350,000 is supporting the acquisition of artworks created by African American artists, including the purchase of works by contemporary artists from Detroit.

Fash Bash FAQs

What is Fash Bash?

Fash Bash is an annual fundraiser presented by DIA auxiliary Founders Junior Council, and high fashion retailer Neiman Marcus. Each year, the two team up to create Metro Detroit's most popular social event featuring the upcoming season's hottest couture fashions in the Neiman Marcus Art of Fashion Runway Show and a spectacular After-Party that follows. All proceeds benefit the DIA, helping over 700,000 annual visitors, young and old, find personal meaning in art. 

What is the attire?

Fashionably chic attire

What if the ticket I want to purchase is sold out? 

The waitlist for 2023 is now full.

I need to call my friends and see if they want to come. Can you hold tickets for me until I call back?

Sorry, we cannot hold tickets without payment. Additionally, we are unable to refund payments if guests are unable to attend. 

I am a celebrity and would like to attend the event free of charge. How do I get on the list? 

Fash Bash is one of the largest fundraisers for the museum and is a vital component to helping us realize our financial goals. For this reason, we do not offer free or discounted admission to anyone for this event. 

I need to change the name of my guests. How can I do that? 

Please email or call 313.833.5646 to change the names of your guests.

My plans have changed and now I am unable to attend. May I have a refund?

Sorry, no refunds are given for this event.

Is there a number I can call if I have questions? 

Yes, the Fash Bash hotline is 313.833.5646. Calls are answered Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Messages will be returned in the order received. Questions may also be directed to