The da Vinci Society

The da Vinci Society is an exclusive group of dedicated and valued supporters of the i.d.e.a. Museum whose generosity enriches the lives of children and families. Donations through the da Vinci Society directly impact the Museum’s daily operations and help to ensure that each and every guest has an engaging, interactive and creative experience which will make a positive and lasting impact on their lives now and in the future.

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    How does i.d.e.a. Museum inspire creativity and imagination in kids/families?


    Why Creativity Matters?


    Creativity and imagination are sparked through original art exhibitions and art-inspired, engaging and FUN hands-on multi-discipline activities!


    This matters because:

    ​In order for children to be competitive in a global economy as working professionals in the future, no matter their vocation, even as moms/dads, they will need the ability to think critically and solve problems creatively.


    ​Fostering creativity within a child, especially at an early age, makes it part of the fabric of their being. By thinking creatively they will have a greater capacity to produce innovative concepts and ideas throughout their life.


    ​Their cognitive function (their ability to think and reason) increases. Their ability to assume multiple perspectives and understanding also increases.


    ​One’s ability to understand concepts in math, science, engineering, technology (S.T.E.M.), history, geography and others disciplines occurs more easily and in a more comprehensive manner when linked with and explored through, or in combination with art.


    ​The essential development of their fine and gross motor skills are supported through exposure to artistic materials and activities.


    ​A child’s reading comprehension is strengthened and their vocabulary increases, while visual literacy is promoted through the arts.


    ​Positive self-expression is bolstered during quality time with family/care-givers.







With your financial support the museum can:

Design, develop and present world-class exhibitions and fun and inspiring hands-on activities which foster creativity

Offer outstanding programming, such as our “No Barriers to Learning – School Tours Program” which allows reduced/free access for Title 1 school children, and provides an essential resource for teachers as the Fall and Spring exhibition themes and content are aligned with the AZ State Standards of Education and CORE curriculum.

Provide stellar workshops which develop one’s ability to problem-solve and think critically

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Donations to the annual fund support our “Access for All – No Barriers to Learning” program which provides at-risk, low-income, disadvantaged kids (including Title I school children), families, and adults with special needs, opportunities for a successful future!


Your donation today fosters:


Risk Takers.

Bold Leaders.





Your annual financial support also allows us to continue to provide our high-quality and educational hands-on experiences for ALL of our audience! Even though our admission cost is $8 per person for those one year of age and older, the museum actually incurs expenses of $25 per person.


Want to pledge a monthly gift?

Contact Lindsay Hochhalter, Development Manager to set up:  480-644-5564

  • Examples of Recipient Organizations  > >

    • A New Leaf: Foster Care(division)
    • A New Leaf: “La Mesita
    • Family Homeless Shelter” for the working poor
    • A Place to Call Home
    • AASK (Aid to Adoption of Special Kids)
    • Autism Speaks, Phoenix
    • Arizona Children’s Association
    • AZ Black United Fund
    • AZ Boys Fund
    • Beads of Courage (kids in remission)
    • Black Family and Child Resources
    • Boys and Girls Clubs
    • CANN (Chandler)
    • Child Crisis Center
    • Educare
    • Florence Crittenton Services
    • Foundation for Blind Children
    • Free Arts of Arizona
    • Guthrie Mainstream
    • Helen’s Hope Chest
    • Hope Kids
    • Hope Women’s Center
    • Jewish Family and Children’s Services
    • Maggie’s Place
    • Raising Special Kids
    • Ronald McDonald House
    • SAARC (SW Autism Resource Center)
    • Save the Family Foundation of AZ
    • Sojourner Center
    • Southwest Human Development (SWHD)
    • Southwest Institute for Children and Families with Special Needs
    • Sunshine Acres Children’s Home
    • Tumbleweed Center for Youth and Development
    • YMCA
  • Note  > >

    Note: The organizations on this list are derived from/consist of organizations which: expressed a need for such an opportunity; visited/partnered with the museum before; are listed as a Mesa United Way agency partner; were listed on 2011 City of Mesa Community Spirit agencies list; and/or are listed on Guidestar.org


    Make a 100% tax-deductible donation “In Honor of” or “In Memory of” a loved one or friend while supporting i.d.e.a.’s mission of inspiring children of all ages to experience their world differently through art, creativity and imagination. Your gift will be acknowledged with a personalized letter sent to the honored individual/family.

  • "PATHWAY TO IMAGINATION at i.d.e.a. Museum"

    Buy a brick, build a brighter future for thousands of children. By purchasing a personalized engraved brick, you will foster a child’s sense of wonder and discovery through the engaging interactive exhibitions, activities, and programs at i.d.e.a. Museum. Engraved bricks are a great way to leave a legacy, honor someone and/or promote your business. Learn more.

    Pathway to Imagination!
    3 lines, 13 characters/line

Thank you for your donation!


Sponsor the i.d.e.a. Museum grow amazing brand exposure through a variety of media channels!


Drive your R.O.I. by interacting, engaging with and positively impacting 105,800 smart and savvy “Ultra-Curious” Moms, Dads, Kids (birth – 7), Tweens (8-12), and Grandparents, plus some Teens (13-18), through on-site promotional opportunities.


i.d.e.a. Museum kids, parents and grandparents value:


  • Having fun while interacting with and alongside their family
  • Participating in engaging activities which stimulate their child’s brain as well as theirs
  • Learning something and seeing “the light bulb of discovery” within their child/grandchild
  • Fostering positive and meaningful lifelong memories with and for their children/grandchildren
  • Sharing life-lessons, knowledge and values through shared experiences
  • Spending quality time together
  • Developing an intrinsic motivation in their children/grandchildren to continually seek to discover
  • Deep personal engagement through viewing/examining art/objects and participating in programs and events
  • Creating through many forms and a diversity of mediums/disciplines
  • Imagination
  • Design
  • Quality of an Experience
  • Life-long Learning
  • Exposure to multiple perspectives
  • Gaining visual literacy skills


Reach your target audience and build brand loyalty all while making a difference. Let us customize a sponsorship to meet your business and philanthropic goals.  Local and national sponsorship opportunities available!


To discuss sponsorship opportunities and craft a benefit package specific to your needs, please contact Lindsay Hochhalter, Development Manager 480.644.5564 | Lindsay.Hochhalter@MesaAz.gov


Fundraisers/Donor Events

Thank you to everyone who came out to support

Color the Night: Adult Take Over of the i.d.e.a. Museum

April 8, 2016


Proceeds supported the “Access for All – No Barriers to Learning” fund

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Major Event Sponsors:

Wish list

  • 3-D printer(s)
  • new programming/software for Ideum table refresh
  • i-Pads
  • Laser cutter
  • Gently used materials that can be re-used and up-cycled for use in the ‘creative re-use/ up-cycled art’ space in The Hub
  • Recycled paper
  • Art supplies


Board of Directors

i.d.e.a. Board of Directors

i.d.e.a. Museum is a public-private partnership with the City of Mesa and the i.d.e.a. Museum Board of Directors, nonprofit that supports the Museum.

Mission of the Board:

Provide sustainable resources to fulfill i.d.e.a. Museum’s mission through fundraising, advocacy and partnerships.

Vision of the Board:

Create infinite possibilities for the i.d.e.a. Museum.

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