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Exhibition Overview


Get ready for an art experience for your mind and body. The i.d.e.a. Museum’s fall exhibition, The Art of Healthy Living, takes guests on a visual journey that explores nutrition, exercise, mindfulness and overall wellness. Art, hands-on activities and movement stations will explore topics such as physical fitness, nourishment of both body and mind, creativity and meditation.


Exhibition activities align with the Association of Children's Museums "Let's Move" campaign.

Educational & Art Programs


Hands-on activities in the exhibition are developed with science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) concepts in mind. Kids of all ages will enjoy:


  • Imaginative play in the Farmer’s Market, where you can buy and sell fruits and vegetables and learn about locally grown foods.
  • Hands-on and art activities that encourage learning about food nutrition, serving size and healthy choices.
  • Active play in the exercise studio, featuring videos that children can follow, balance boards, hula hoops and more.
  • Relaxation techniques in the “mindfulness” space, as well as learn about how sensory input affects our mood, emotions and well-being.
  • Discovering the impact of positive thoughts, goals and affirmations in our Mind Weaver space.
  • Game play that teaches about good and bad mind/body choices.

Exhibition Artists


The Art of Healthy Living feature 16 artists – local and from around the world. In all, they contributed 51 artworks to the exhibition, including ceramics, paintings, photographs, prints, sculptures, and digital artworks.

Arizona artists: Deborah McMillion-Nering, Mary Meyer, Farraday Newsome, Jeff Reich, Jeff Schmuki, and Jennyfer Stratman (also has a studio in Australia).

National artists: Mike Brennan, New Jersey; Klaus Enrique, New York; and Rebecca Kinkead, Vermont.

International artists: Stephan Brusche, The Netherlands; Vanessa Dualib, Brazil; and Laleh Mohmedi, Australia.

In addition, select artworks will be on loan from the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum Collection, including artists Akio Takamori, Seattle, Washington; Dana Smith, Tucson, Arizona; Nobuhito Nishigawara, Fullerton, California and Jim Lowry (Unknown).

Presented by:




The Steele Foundation

Artful Tales Experience sponsor

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