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P.O. Box 1466 Mesa, Arizona 85211-1466

A special thanks to our most recent Donors: • • • • • • • • •

Corrine Brooks Raising Arizona Kids Magazine Wayne Pomeroy, Pomeroy's Mens Store Patsy Fimbres Deb and Carl Dahl Dee & John Whiteman General Dynamics Noah Rabinowitz and Suzanne Pariser Karen Barr

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Diane and Michael Rabinowitz Jane McNeil Mike Hutchinson Frank Bennett Tommye Taylor David and Denise Currier Tony Cesarano Jeffery Bertoncino Jean Kaminski

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Contents From the Director . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Mail Box Q&A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Workshops & More . . . . . . . . . 3-5 ArtZone at home . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Feature Story . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Artist Spotlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Hours and Information . . . . . . . . 8

Summer 2009

A special thanks to our Sponsors:

Staff Contacts

General Information

Executive Director: Sunnee Spencer 480.644.2850 •

35 N. Robson St. Mesa, AZ 85201

Business Manager: Beth Bartholow 480.644.2851 • Youth Museum Curator: Jeffory Morris 480.644.5769 • Curator of Education: Laura Matzer 480.644.5657 • Marketing & Public Relations: Latonya Smith 480.644.4129 • Teacher & School Programs Manager: Dena Cruz 480.644.5552 • Membership & Volunteers: Darlene Zajda 480.644.3689 • Museum Exhibition Coordinator: Rex Witte 480.644.5767 • Development Assistant: Lindsay Hochhalter 480.644.5564 • Education Administrative Asst.: Andrea Inman 480.644.4783 • Phone: 480.644.2468 | Recorded Info: 480.644.2467 Email:


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Just 2 blocks east of Country Club Drive and 1 block north of Main Street in beautiful downtown Mesa

Museum Hours & Admission 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday Closed Mondays and most holidays. Call 480.644.2467 for more information.

Admission: $5.50 per person ($6.50 starting July 1, 2009) Free for members and children under 1


Register online at or by calling the 24-hour automated TeleTrac System at 480.644.4449. You will need a City of Mesa TeleTrac Household ID number which can be obtained by calling 480.644.2468. You can also register at the museum during regular business hours at the Visitor Services Desk. Workshops and programs may be subject to cancellation if minimum registration is not met.

Chills & Thrills ON the Big Silver Screen await you!

AMY Friends Board

Deb Dahl, Board Chair Morry Birnbaum, Vice Chair Corrine Brooks, Secretary Tony Cesarano, Treasurer Bill Mallender, Past Chair Alex Finter, Council Member John Whiteman, Founder

Barb Millman Bert Millett Carmen Guerrero Chirag Shah Kimberly Grace Scott Jochim

Mail BoxQ&A


I know there have been budget cuts, but it seems like the exhibits a few years ago had more "stations" where kids could actually do a lot more hands-on activities. Is the museum planning to increase exhibition activities at some point and include more for the older kids to do too? Exhibition Mom Gilbert, AZ


Yes! In fact, you may have already noticed ArtZone, a new semipermanent gallery for children ages 4 and older. It will house a lot more activities for older children and will near completion in late July of this year. This solution will also allow us additional time needed to dedicate to increasing the quantity and quality of our exhibitions and corresponding activities for each show.


My sons love the opportunity to "get messy" and to express themselves in AMY's workshops. I love not having to clean up the mess afterwards! Does AMY offer a sibling discount? Affordability Counts-Mom Mesa, AZ


Yes! AMY is introducing sibling discounts for the 2009 Summer Classes and beyond. We value your patronage and feel that it is important to offer affordable options for you and your family.

From the Director Did you know that when you visit AMY, you are helping your child to develop a healthy brain? Playing with Keva® Planks in ArtZone, making a collage in art exhibitions or creating artwork in ArtVille allows your child’s brain to create connections that set the stage for a healthy adult life. There is so much evidence that “directed art play” in early childhood wires the brain properly. Making choices about which crayon to draw with, exploring the edges of shapes and matching patterns all stimulate a child’s “executive function.” This allows a child to learn language more easily and make decisions in all areas of life. AMY is the only museum with ArtVille, a space solely devoted to “directed art play,” which is play with a purpose. Although your child is having a fun experience, . . . "directed your visit is also investing in their art play" in healthy development. That’s why early childhood the museum is proceeding with wires the brain renovations to ArtVille even though properly. we are in a challenging economy. With funds already dedicated through the City of Mesa’s Cultural Impact Fees, we will begin work in late fall. Stay tuned for more details in the coming months. Meanwhile, visit the museum often and enjoy all the activities and fun, knowing that you made an excellent choice for your child’s growth and future life. Warm regards, Executive Director

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ArtistSpotlight: Christy Puetz

By Jeffory Morris, Youth Museum Curator


hristy Puetz's work explores the intricate relationship between how the roles of disease (how humans deal with it), nature, the human body (human beings in general) and medicine play in the world today and how they can shape our identity (human vs. nature). Her wildly imaginative, beaded creatures and artwork reflect her own sense of humor and love of life. Christy grew up in a small, farm community in northern Minnesota. When she wasn’t chopping wood, mowing lawn or playing croquet, she could usually be found cutting out little people and animals from wood scraps in her father’s wood shop or crafting fabric forms made on her mother’s sewing machine. Her work continues to be a combination of these two techniques, today, focusing her latest subject matter: Patterns found in nature and disease. Puetz has spent more than a decade growing and developing fiber art and beading techniques. In 1993, she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fiber Arts with a minor in Printmaking from the University of North Dakota. For the past several years, she has shown her art work extensively, been published in multiple books and designed over a dozen commissioned pieces for collectors.

Each bead can be strung into a necklace that tells one small part of a long tale. . .

Strongly dedicated to producing and exhibiting her artwork, Puetz is heavily involved in the Phoenix Art Community, formerly serving as a board member for the Arizona Museum Association and the Director of Education at The Bead Museum. Her passion for art and the community carries over into her other field of expertise, which is developing and facilitating community education and Artistin-Residence programs at schools, libraries, community centers and hospitals.

Puetz currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona where she is the Program Director for Beads of Courage, a non-profit organization that creates arts-in-medicine programming for children coping with cancer and other serious illnesses. Journey with us through Christy's most recently, celebrated endeavor: "Every Bead Tells A Story," exhibiting now at AMY. Then, hold a precious bead in your hand. What story does it tell you? Special thanks to the following people and organizations:

Email us: Call us: 480.644.4129

Summer 2009

"Every Bead Tells A Story: Christy Puetz & Beads of Courage," now through August 9, 2009.

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Christy Puetz, Artist and Program Director, Beads of Courage®, Inc. | Jean Baruch, Founder and President, Beads of Courage®, Inc. | The six featured Beads of Courage Kids and their families for sharing their beads and stories: Ainsley, Cameron, Charlie, Isabelle, Kellie and Sofia | Kari Green, Child Life Specialist, Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders | Carol Saker, Bead Artist | Blair Revak and Heather Walterson, Bead Artists | Gail G. Finney, Bead Artist | Kathryn Guler, Bead Artist | Arizona Society of Glass Beadmakers

Registration Info: Pages 4 - 5 | Online:


Experience Art at AMY

AMY Calendar Saturday, May 9

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Folk Art Badge for Girl Scouts 944301-01 Earn your Girl Scout Jeweler Badge in a day! Scouts complete 6 artistic activities, including symbolic bead bracelets, "I wish" beaded sticks, air-dry clay beads, bead mosaics and worry bead strands. Also, tour the "Every Bead Tells a Story" exhibition. Please note: Groups of four or more must be accompanied by an adult. Girl Scouts, 4 – 6 grades

$12 members/non-members

10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Meet the Artist Make a beaded creation and meet Jean Baruch, Executive Director and Founder of the Beads of Courage® arts-in-medicine supportive care program. Free with paid museum admission, no registration required. Best for children ages 4 and up with their families.

Sunday, May 10

Noon - 3:00 p.m. Mother’s Day Treat mom to a special day at AMY! Moms get in FREE to enjoy making a beaded bracelet designed especially for them by kids and dads. This activity is inspired by "Every Bead Tells a Story." Special program for all ages. Free with paid museum admission; no registration required.

Saturdays, May 16 - 30

10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Wild Beads 944152-01, 02, 03, 04 Express your artistic spirit and explore painting techniques in acrylic and watercolor. Explore "Every Bead Tells a Story: Christy Puetz & Beads of Courage®" and learn to use line, color, shape and texture to create exciting works of art, bead-by-individual-bead. Ages 5 - 8 years 3 classes: $39 members; $54 non-members Sibling rate: $29 members; $44 non-members Drop-in single class: $13 members; $18 non-members

Friday, May 15

6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Kid’s Night Out Monster Movie Nights! 944155-01 Enjoy a date night out while your child enjoys the art and activities of the "My Favorite Monster" exhibition, views Monsters, Inc., enjoys popcorn, pizza, a cookie and makes an artful monster to take home. Come dressed as your favorite monster! Parents/ Caregivers must sign waiver of liability; age appropriateness of film is at parent’s discretion. Late pick-up fees will apply and parents will be asked to sign a designated driver agreement. Ages 4 - 10yrs

Monsters Inc. (2002), Director: Peter Docter & David Silverman Register for all 3 Nights! 944155-04 Fridays [May 15, June 19, July 17] 6:00 - 9:30 p.m. Registration for 3 nights: $75 members; $90 non-members Sibling rate for 3 nights: $65 members; $80 non-members Drop-in single night: $25 members; $30 non-members


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Workshops & More

Tuesdays, May 26 - June 9

10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Bountiful Beads 944253-01, 02, 03, 04 Drawing inspiration from the exhibition "Every Bead Tells a Story," children will have fun as they sculpt and create one-of-a-kind 3-dimensional forms in milagro and African disc shapes into necklaces, using a variety of interesting materials, such as paper, air-dry clay and much more! Ages 2 - 5 years (Caregiver participation required.) 3 classes: $39 members; $54 non-members Sibling rate: $29 members; $44 non-members Drop-in single class: $13 members; $18 non-members

Wednesdays, June 10

10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Parent/Tot Music Time 944251-01 This popular class will encourage musical competency through songs, games and the use of instruments, as we also enjoy the art on view in our exhibition galleries. Presented in collaboration with: Ages 6 months - 6 years (Caregiver participation required) 6 classes (workshop series; no single class registration available) $50 members, $60 non-members Sibling rate: $40 members; $50 non-members

Youth Programs Tuesdays, June 16-30

10:30 - 11:30 a.m. My Favorite Monster Sculptures 944254-01, 02, 03 -or- Register for All 3! 944254-04 Inspired by the artwork in "My Favorite Monster," children will make sculptures of their own favorite monster using a variety of materials. Ages 2 - 5 yrs (Caregiver participation required) 3 classes: $39 members; $54 non-members Sibling rate: $29 members; $44 non-members Drop-in single class: $13 members; $18 non-members

Friday, June 19

6:00 - 9:30 p.m. Kid’s Night Out Monster Movie Nights! 944155-02 See description and price listings from Friday, May 15. Monster House (2006), Director: Gil Kenan

Saturday, June 20

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Folk Art Badge for Girl Scouts 944301-02 See description and price listings from Saturday, May 9.

Sunday, June 21

Fridays, June 12 - 26

10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Small Snaps: Parent and Child Photography 944252-01, 02, 03, 04 In this creative class, you and your toddler will learn photography basics from a professional! Once you’ve mastered camera settings and lighting, you and your little one will have the chance to snap photos in the Museum galleries, drawing inspiration from the "My Favorite Monster" exhibition, under the guidance of our expert instructor, Joanne West. Bring your own camera, and we will have disposable cameras available for your toddler. Participants will choose their favorite image to frame during a craft activity on the last day of class. Ages 2 - 5 years (Caregiver participation required) 3 classes: $100 members; $115 non-members Sibling rate: $80 members; $95 non-members Drop-in single class: $35 members; $40 non-members

Saturday, June 13

10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Meet the Artist Meet an artist from the "My Favorite Monster" exhibition and make a cool monster to take home! Free with paid museum admission, no registration required. Best for children ages 4 and up with their families.


10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Father’s Day Dads get in free so the whole family can make a bead, key chain just for dad, inspired by "Every Bead Tells a Story." Special program for all ages. Free with paid museum admission; no registration required.

Thursdays, July 9 - 23

10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Patterns and Dots 944255-01, 02, 03, 04 Explore patterns through art compositions inspired by "Every Bead Tells a Story" with a variety of fun materials including tempera, sponge and cotton swab painting. Each child will take home a collection of uniquely colorful creations! Ages 2 - 5. 3 classes: $39 members; $54 non-members Sibling rate: $29 members; $44 non-members Drop-in single class: $13 members; $18 non-members Saturday, July 11 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Meet the Artist Meet an artist from the "My Favorite Monster" exhibition and make a cool monster to take home! Free with paid museum admission, no registration required. Best for children ages 4 and up with their families.

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Adult Programs Friday, July 17

10:30 - 11:15 a.m. AMY Classics: Winter in July 944209-01 Beat and heat and chill out at the Museum for a special program, making artworks Meetsome the“cool” Artist. . . and creations with ice and snow! Join a featured artist from our current exhibitions and Ages 2 - 5 $13 members; $18 non-members create your own art Sibling inspired by$10 their work. Free with paid rate: members; $15 non-members museum admission, no registration required. Best for 6:00 - 9:30 p.m. children ages 4 and up with their families. Kid’s Night Out Monster Movie Nights! 944155-03 See description and price listings from Friday, May 15. Igor (2008), Director: Tony Leondis

Family Programs

Saturdays, July 18 & 25

1 - 3:00 p.m. Cartooning, Illustrating & Storyboarding 944151-01 Drawing inspiration from "My Favorite Monster," learn from an expert instructor how basic shapes and expressive lines make funny facial features, amazing actions and fascinating storylines! Ages 8 - 12 years $60 members; $72 non-members

Saturdays, July 25 & August 1

10:30-11:30 a.m. Register for Both! 944154-03 Honoring Boxes & Warrior Figures 944154-01, 02 During both workshops, led by Christy Puetz, kids will embellish a special box and mini figure with beads, fabric and other fun materials. Inspired by "Every Bead Tells a Story," participants will creatively honor themselves or someone they know. Ages 6 - 12 years 2 classes: $39 members; $54 non-members Sibling rate: $29 members; $44 non-members Drop-in single class: $13 members; $18 non-members

Saturday, August 8

10:30-11:30 a.m. Meet the Artist See description and options from Saturday, July 11.

Friday, August 14

10:30-11:30 a.m. AMY Classics: Messy Creations 944202-01 One of our most popular programs! Creativity is a messy job. Kids will have fun, multi-sensory experiences making a unique masterpiece. Smocks provided. Ages 2 - 5 years $13 members; $18 non-members Sibling rate: $10 members; $15 non-members

Saturdays, August 15 and 22

1:00 - 3:00 p.m. My Favorite Monster Puppet Workshop 944153-01 From "My Favorite Monster," create your own puppet with Stacey Gordon of the Great Arizona Puppet Theater. Presented in collaboration with: Ages 8 to 12 years $60 members; $72 non-members


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Say "Yes" to membership and enjoy the benefits of FREE, unlimited admission to the museum for your family, invitations to Preview Openings & Receptions to new exhibitions, and discounted access to the best art classes and artists around! You can even receive FREE, additional passes for your friends and gain FREE admission to over 100 children's museums across the country. Please call Darlene Zadja at 480.644.3689 to inquire about all your membership possibilities.

in the rain

If it's raining outside, no problem! If you can sing in the rain, why can't you paint in the rain, too?! Not even soggy weather can stop the artist in you! Here's a terrific indoor/outdoor art activity that you can do, anywhere. Draw on card stock paper with lots of colorful, washable markers. Then place your painting outdoors in the rain. Yep, in the rain! Once the colors have run together, bring your unique artwork back inside and lay it on a flat surface to dry. Whaala! You have your very own, one-of-a-kind, Impressionist Art Masterpiece!


Shop AMY! $.99+

Get ready to shop til you drop! AMY's Gallery Shop will be back soon, bigger and bolder than ever before, with lots of terrific items and even better prices. In the meantime, there are still several items in the Front Lobby that you can purchase and enjoy. There are terrific, forest green aprons for you or your child to paint and explore in for just $12.95. Don't forget the economical, earthy totes for only $14.95 to carry art supplies or use as a beach or grocery bag. Stay tuned: AMY Shopping Online is coming soon!





Sponsorships Priceless!

Sponsor a family in need with a membership, art class or Summer Camp at AMY. Contact Darlene Zajda at 480.644.3689 to learn how. Sponsoring an AMY Exhibition is a terrific marketing opportunity for your business and a wonderful way to show community support. Call Lindsay Hochhalter at 480.644.5564 to get started.

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Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Saturdays at 11 a.m.

Three times a week, join the Museum’s professionally trained Gallery Educators in ArtVille for a storytelling experience and related, creative art-making activity. Meet in Art’s Living Room. Space available first-come, first-served. FREE with paid museum admission.





Donate Today! $.99+

Give as little or as much as your heart desires! Donate a dollar to the Butterfly Colony in the lobby and post a beautiful butterfly to symbolize your gift. Drop spare change upon exiting into the AMY Kid Bank near the doors, if you've enjoyed your stay. Did you know that a donation of just $100.00 funds a Gallery Educator for a day, provides us with arts and crafts supplies for a week and more? Call Lindsay Hochhalter at 480.644.5564 to start giving today.

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Own a piece of AMY by purchasing a personally inscribed brick that will be placed along our front atrium walkway. You can also give this gift, that lasts more than a lifetime, to a loved one to celebrate their life and even honor those who've passed. Your gift funds our world-class exhibitions and hands-on activities. Call Lindsay Hochhalter at 480.644.5564 to purchase your piece of AMY real estate today.

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