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Founders Junior Council
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.

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.

The Founders Junior Council wishes to thank our Annual Partners for their very generous support.

2016-17 Annual Partners

Team Detroit Logo

Tito's Handmade Vodka Logo


2017-18 Executive Officers

Ronald Victor, President

Maggie Durant, Vice President

Justin Jacobs, Membership

Alex Doherty, Programming

Nathaniel Wallace, Programming

Jessica Huebner, Secretary

Nikki Lawson, Treasurer

2017-18 Directors

Anthony Ahee                                             

Lindsey Barile                                              

Robert Belloni                                             

Candace Bowman                                       

Gabe Edelson                                               

Sarah Ford                                                   

Calvin Ford                                                   

Peter Ghafari                                               

Lorron James                                               

Adam Kessler                                              

Joe Maiorana                                               

Bruce Margulis                                            

Megan Moslimani

Elanah Nachman Hunger                          

Alison Orlans                                               

George Roberts                                           

Re-Kenya Roberson                                    

John Rochow                                               

Angela Rogensues

John Rutherford                                          

Anne Strickland                                           

Steven Phillip Siegel                                   

Richard Sulaka II                                          

Dan Taylor                                                    

Annie Thomas                                              

Gretchen Valade                                         


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



Carolynn and Aaron Frankel

Peter Ghafari

Suzanne and Sean Werdlow

Honorary Chairs

Anabelle and Robert DiPilla

Nicole and Stephen Eisenberg

Sarah and Calvin Ford

Rebecca and Jake Grove

Gregory Haynes and Richard Sonenklar

Jennifer and Rick Perry

Mohammad Qazi

Lori and Lawrence Rapp

Presenting Sponsors

Founders Junior Council

Neiman Marcus

Diamond Sponsor

The Lincoln Motor Company

Gold Sponsors


Delta Air Lines

Silver Sponsors

Chemical Bank

Aaron and Carolyn Frankel Family Foundation

Judy Frankel Antiques

Frankel Associates

Ghafari Associates

GTB/Hudson Rouge

Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co. LLC

Bronze Sponsors

Cambridge Consulting Group

Ciena Healthcare

Nicole and Stephen Eisenberg

Sarah and Calvin Ford

Mara and Yousif Ghafari

Goldman Sachs

Jodi and Lindsay Gross

Gregory Haynes and Richard Sonenklar

Howard & Howard Attorneys, P.C.

James Group International

Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss

Miller Canfield

Mary Beth and James Nicholson

Life WTR

PNC Bank

Richard T. Perry, MD

Lori and Lawrence Rapp, MD


ViziRecruiter, LLC

Wasserman Wealth Management LLC


Gail and F. Troy Barnhart

Anabelle and Robert DiPilla, DDS

Peter Ghafari

Cheryl and Reuben Munday

Priscilla and Huel Perkins

Seen Magazine

Jodi and Justin Trivax, MD

Marilyn and Kenneth Way


In-Kind Supporters

Event Theory



Forte Belanger

Great Lakes Wine and Spirits


Lambert, Edwards & Associates

Visionary Sound