Explore the world of robotics through art and hands-on activities beginning July 1 at the i.d.e.a. Museum. Robo Art will feature a variety of artworks from around the globe that explore the relationship of art and science and the importance of imagination in designing automated machines.

The exhibition’s art-making activities and interactives will focus on nurturing creative thinking and exploring design, engineering and technology of robotics. Kids of all ages can build a 3D bot, play coding games, and learn about a variety of robots, the history of robotics and more!

“We’re making learning fun this summer with robots,” said Dena Milliron, Curator of Education. ”Play and exploration of robots inspire a child’s natural curiosity and creativity. The art and activities in Robo Art support a desire to ask questions, imagine and learn.”

More than 60 artworks will be on display – including paintings, sculpture, photography, fiber art, printmaking and video. Art depicting robots and other electronic, LED light and kinetic structures are created by Arizona and national artists, as well as from Canada, Scotland, Philippines, Argentina, Germany, Australia, Switzerland, and Japan.

Support for the Museum

Robo Art – which runs through Jan. 2, 2022 – is presented by the City of Mesa and the i.d.e.a. Museum Foundation. Major exhibition supporters are Red Mountain Motors, BMO Financial Group and the Arizona Commission on the Arts, which receives support from the state of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Related program support comes from the Giles W. and Elise G. Mead Foundation for the Museum’s Early Childhood Education Initiative, which helps provide engaging opportunities that support early learning, and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community for the museum’s Access for All fund, which helps pay for programs so low-income and disadvantaged students may experience the museum.

Robo Art is included with regular museum admission, which is $9 for ages 1 and older; i.d.e.a. Museum members are free. Learn more at ideaMuseum.org.

About Us

The i.d.e.a. Museum is a part of the City of Mesa and is supported by the i.d.e.a. Museum Foundation. The foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization with a mission to provide sustainable resources to fulfill the i.d.e.a. Museum’s mission through fundraising, advocacy, and partnerships. Its vision is to create infinite possibilities for the i.d.e.a. Museum. 

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