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2016-17 Free Sunday schedule for i.d.e.a. Museum released

Post Date:08/01/2016 11:18 AM

Quarterly Free Sundays return to the i.d.e.a Museum in September. The complimentary admission is made possible by a grant provided by the Gila River Indian Community.

The first event will take place from noon to 5 p.m. on Sept. 4. Other dates are Dec. 4, March 5, 2017 and May 7, 2017.

“We’re thrilled to have a partner like the Gila River Indian Community to make our Free Sundays possible again,” said i.d.e.a. Museum Executive Director Sunnee O’Rork. “These special days give area families an opportunity to explore our museum and engage together with hands-on activities aimed at nurturing creative thinking and discovering art.

Visitors during the upcoming Free Sunday will be able to enjoy current exhibition Sci-Fi: Fantasy to Reality, focused on art and innovations inspired by Sci-Fi writers. They can also explore their imaginations in the HUB and ArtVille.

Along the hands-on activities: Creating a dream robot; building on Rigamajig, which challenges young minds to think like engineers; creating an artwork with recycled materials in the Recyclery; playing pretend in ArtVille’s garden, kitchen and living room; and creating with light pixels and gears in Wee Design.

“We love seeing so many families using their imaginations and creating lasting memories together,” said O’Rork. “We’re grateful we can make the museum accessible to our community.”

The grant from the Gila River Indian Community supports the museum’s Access for All – No Barriers to Learning fund, which helps make museum programs available to economically disadvantaged families. Funding covers not only Free Sunday quarterly events, but also field trips for Title I schools and need-based groups.

“It is great to see kids happy and engaged, and to support parents who know this type of activity helps their child develop problem-solving skills and creative thinking,” said Stephen Roe Lewis, Governor of the Gila River Indian Community.

More museum activities: www.ideaMuseum.org.

Contact: Yvette Armendariz 
Museum Public Relations & Marketing 
Yvette.Armendariz@MesaAZ.gov   
(480) 644-4129

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