For the Beautification of the Museum

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.

Membership Levels

Membership Level Annual Dues
FAF Membership $50
FAF Membership $100
FAF Membership $250
FAF Membersip $500

Join/Renew Membership

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

Elise Hayes: Chairman

Glee Firth: Chair Elect 

Mary McHale: Treasurer

Sheila Kneeshaw: Membership Chair

Janet Weber: Secretary 

Liz Brown: Special Projects

Carolyn Cardoza: Enrichment, Holiday

Jeananne Joaquin: Holiday

Melissa Mark: Scheduling/Weekly Flower Arranging

Cress Meier: Workshops

Sarah Ollison: ESK

Bruce Paterson: Special Event Scheduling

Kimberly Peterson: Betsy Campbell / Workshops

Reggie Townsend: ESK / Outreach

Mary Wood: Member Liaison

Laurel Paterson: Staff Liaison

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 Laurel Paterson at 313.833.3921 or lpaterson@dia.org.