Friends of Art & Flowers

For the Beautification of the Museum

Members of Friends of Art & Flowers displaying their floral arrangements
Friends of Art & Flowers logo

The Friends of Art & Flowers support group was formed in 1988 as a result of the highly successful Art & Flowers Festival in 1985. Our primary function is the beautification of the museum. The most visible examples can be seen year-round: floral arrangements and plant displays throughout museum lobbies. It is for this very purpose that we established the Art & Flowers Tribute Fund.

Our activities vary throughout the year, from flower arranging workshops and observation days to guest lectures by nationally known floral experts. As a member, you can gain hands-on experience by helping to create floral decorations for museum events and functions.

Membership in the FAF is an extremely rewarding way to get involved at the DIA. If you enjoy art and flowers, we’d love to welcome you as our newest member.

Membership Benefits

Our activities vary throughout the year, from flower arranging workshops and observation days to guest lectures by nationally known floral experts. As a member, you can gain hands-on experience by helping to create floral decorations for museum events and functions.

In order to be eligible for membership in FAF, you must be a member of The Detroit Institute of Arts.

Join/Renew Membership

Officers 

  • Beth Lilley, Chair 
  • Johnese Thibault, Vice-chair  
  • Joan Plonka, Secretary 
  • Debra Operpeul, Membership Chair 
  • Rita Goss, Tresurer 

Board of Directors 

  • Nancy Follett 
  • Amy Galsterer 
  • Ellie Gause 
  • Julia Girdler 
  • Midge Lusardi 
  • Bruce Paterson 
  • Candy Sweeny 
  • Eva Von Voss 

Committees 

  • Carolyn Cardoza 
  • Carolyn Demps 
  • Elise Fisher 
  • Jeananne Joaquin 
  • Mary McHale 
  • Janet Weber 

Staff Liaison, Rose Gleeson 

Friends of Art & Flowers accepts donations for personal tributes in honor or memory of someone special. These donations are used to create some of the spectacular floral displays you see in and around the Museum. With these donations comes your personal message honoring your special person or event.

If you would like to make a donation to the Friends of Art & Flowers in honor of someone special or a special event, please contact Azzah Smith, at ASmith@dia.org, or 313-833-6855.

Log into your FAF account here