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Founders Junior CouncilFounders 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.

Membership Level Annual Dues



Single Benefactor (1 complimentary ticket to each ArtSeen)


Benefactor (2 complimentary tickets to each ArtSeen)


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

Angela Rogensues, President

Dexter Mason, Vice President           

Amina Daniels, Membership

Aniela Kuzon, Programming

Matt Wollack, Treasurer

Annie G. Thomas, Secretary



Candice Bowman            

Nicole Colapietro

Alexandra Decker

Gabe Edelson

Whitney Griffin                                        

Clarinda Harrison

Jamilah Jackson

Keri James

Danny Kaufman

Morgan Kaufman

Adam Kessler

Laurén Kirchner

Sam Lemberg

Jason Puscas

Kumar Raj

Joshua Reiter

Justin Remington            

George Roberts

Matthew X. Roling

Leslie Rosenberg

Veronika Scott

Lindsey Shaw Eddleston                       

Ashley Slatkin

Nicole Tamer George

Dan Taylor

Lindsay Walters

Jenise Williams

Madelyn Wisne



Jake Makowski 

Sydney Richards

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



  • Amanda Fisher & Ben Hubert
  • Jennifer & Chris Granger
  • Burt Jordan & Marchelle Costa
  • Matt & Nicole Lester
  • Ashley & William Slatkin

Honorary Chairs

  • Gretchen & Ethan Davidson
  • David & Maria Duey
  • Nicole & Stephen Eisenberg
  • Cassandra Fogle
  • Calvin & Sarah Ford
  • Peter Ghafari 
  • Christopher & Kelle Ilitch
  • David & Jeffrey King
  • Peter Oleksiak & Kelly Breckenridge 
  • Richard Sonenklar & Gregory Haynes

Presenting Sponsors

  • Founders Junior Council
  • Neiman Marcus

Diamond Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

In-Kind Supporters

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. 

How much does it cost? 

Métier D’Art | Rivera Court Lounge Seating $1500 per ticket ( $1350 tax deductible)

  • Cocktail reception, elevated bar service and dedicated staff in Rivera Court, Neiman Marcus Art of Fashion Runway Show and After-Party, $100 Neiman Marcus gift card for every Métier D’Art ticket purchased)

Haute Couture | Front- Row Priority Seating $750 per ticket ($650 tax deductible)

  • Cocktail reception, Neiman Marcus Art of Fashion Runway Show and After-Party, $100 Neiman Marcus gift card for every TWO Haute Couture tickets purchased)

Couture Crowd | Second-Row Priority Seating $375 per ticket ($275 tax deductible)

  • Cocktail reception, Neiman Marcus Art of Fashion Runway Show and After-Party

Prêt-À-Porter | Third-Row Priority Seating $250 per ticket ($150 tax deductible)

  • Cocktail reception, Neiman Marcus Art of Fashion Runway Show and After-Party

Aprês Féte (After-Party ONLY): $150 per ticket ($50 tax deductible)

  • Live feed of runway show streamed outside for afterglow guests. Arrivals no earlier than 8:30 pm.
  • Seating for the runway show is NOT included with this ticket.

What time is the event?

Arrivals for cocktail hour will begin at 7 p.m. The Neiman Marcus Art of Fashion Runway Show will begin at 8:30 p.m. Guests attending the After-Party only are permitted entry no earlier than 8:30 p.m.

How can I purchase tickets?

Tickets will go on sale to the public on early July 2019. Tickets sell out EXTREMELY quickly. Fashion show and After-Party tickets can be purchased online by visiting or by calling 313.833.5646.

Where is the event located?

Fash Bash takes place at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Both the cocktail reception and the After-Party occur on the Woodward Plaza, while the fashion show is inside the museum (Great Hall and Rivera Court). The museum is required to make a determination based on weather forecasts about moving the event indoors. In the case of inclement weather, guests will be notified in advance via email. 

Is there valet parking? 

Yes. Complimentary valet parking is offered on John R Road.

What is the attire?

Fashionably chic attire

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

We occasionally have tickets become available shortly before the event. If you'd like to place your name on a waitlist, you may do so by calling the Fash Bash hotline at 313.833.5646. A DIA representative will inform you if your desired ticket becomes available and offer the opportunity to purchase it. The DIA may also inform the public of additional tickets via social media days before the event. 

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