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2015 Community Report Where Imagination & Learning connect! 2015 Community Report

Dear Friends,

Fiscal Year 2015 Board of Directors Executive Committee Gordon Reynolds Chair Amy Welander Chair-Elect Lyuda Eisenman Treasurer Dr. Elizabeth Juneman Secretary Members-at-Large Wardell “Buck” Brown Troy E. Larkin Michelle Marks Barry Benson Brighid Brown Gary Cohen Jenine Dalrymple Felipe Garcia Bill Holmes

Growth and change must be a part of any relevant, vibrant organization. The Children’s Museum Tucson has certainly upheld these principles during the 2015 fiscal year, thanks to your support. New exhibits, new programs, new events – and a new satellite location – helped the Children’s Museum Tucson continue to fulfill its vision to inspire children and their families to reach their full potential through discovery, creativity and learning. With your help, we launched Children’s Museum Oro Valley, inspiring a new group of young children to explore and build curiosity. Our membership grew, as did the total number of visitors. We are so proud that we reached more than 164,000 people this past year! There is one particular statistic in this report that I think really stands out. Of those 164,000 visitors, about one of every five came to the museum on a free- or reduced-admission day. As a result, the Museum, in essence, invested nearly a quarter-million dollars back into the community. This highlights a vital part of our philosophy: that experiencing museums should be a right, not a privilege, for Southern Arizona children and families – ALL children and families. We also fulfill this this philosophy through sponsored school tours. More than 4,600 children from 98 Title I schools received scholarships and free transportation to participate in a fun, hands-on day at the museum. Your gifts made this happen.

Bob Janus (Immediate Past President) Scott McDonald Patrick McLaughlin Dr. Christian Moher

Through free and reduced admissions, school tours and outreach, the Museum is more than just a destination. We are a valuable educational resource for Tucson and Southern Arizona.

Alicia Moura Maricela Robles Tara Sherrer Greg Taylor Dr. Dale Woolridge Board Member Emeritus Evelyn Carswell-Bing

We thank you for your support. Your membership is for you. Your donation is for this important community asset. Your investment guarantees the Museum will remain available for all Tucson’s children now and for future generations. As the Museum continues to grow and change, your generosity is more important, and is met with gratitude. Many thanks,

Children’s Museum Tucson | Oro Valley

Michael J. Luria Executive Director

Expanding our reach In May 2015, Children’s Museum Tucson opened its first satellite location, Children’s Museum Oro Valley. This location, specially sized for children 0-5 years old, offers Toddler Town sensory exhibits, an Art Room, Literacy Corner and Airways exhibit that encourage exploration and discovery. With an Early Childhood Education focus, Children’s Museum Oro Valley helps prepare its young visitors for school and fosters a lifelong love of learning.

8,657 Visitors in the first two months


Memberships sold


Admission on the first Tuesday of every month

2015 Community Report

Our Mission

Our Vision

Science, art and education through play The Children’s Museum Tucson believes in learning through play, and our exhibits and events clearly show a dedication to that mindset. Whether they are building a roller coaster or painting a picture, our young visitors are soaking up information about concepts in science, technology, engineering, art and math. The benefit? A kickstart to their curiosity and the beginning of a thirst for knowledge. This is especially important for at-risk children. They can head into school better prepared. Children’s Museum Tucson | Oro Valley

164,378 Visitors to Children’s Museum Tucson

2,460 Members

10,993 Visitors taking part in school tours

By the numbers


Donated by 12 different organizations to support tours and outreach


Invested into our community through free and reduced admissions to the Museum

34,317 2,640


Kids reached through classroom outreach

Visitors who entered on free or reduced admission days, such as Let’s Get Fit!

Volunteer hours worked




of our visitors come from low-income neighborhoods 2015 Community Report

New in FY 2015 Build It! is a new exhibit room dedicated to engineering and hands-on experimentation. This space is a nucleus of creativity for our young museum visitors! With thousands of individual pieces to build with kids can create almost anything they dream up – from a basic pulley to an intricate castle. Build It! was the final piece in our four-year overhaul of the musueum. New programming during this fiscal year includes Wee Explore, a weekly activity that includes hands-on science experiments and demonstrations for kids ages 3-5. Zoom-Zoom, a new free-admisson community event, gives visitors the opportunity to explore all things transportation, from scooters to helicopters!

Children’s Museum Tucson | Oro Valley


Planned programs each year, supplemented by dozens of spontaneous activities


to our first Zoom-Zoom event


Individual pieces available to budding engineers in Build It! for endless creation possibilities

Exhibits Bodyology: Health and wellness; healthy food choices; oversized body parts Build It!: Dedicated to our future engineers. Electri-City: All about energy, electrical circuits, solar, generators and a Jacob’s Ladder.

Gravity Room: See how those things that must come

down do.

Imaginarium: The Tankersley Imaginarium and art studio is the creative center of the Museum.

Investigation Station: Hands-on STEM experiences that kids of all ages (parents!) enjoy. Nano Science: Small is powerful! Pet Vet: Always a favorite, this exhibit lets kids “take care” of the pets, from X-rays to baths. Public Safety: Kids love sirens! Ambulance, fire truck and police motorcycle beckon.

Tech Topia: Tech-savvy kids have lots of options, from the simple bug rug to touch table apps. Wee World: Right-sized fun for the littlest ones! Whistle Stop: Trains above, around and one big one to climb through, with a bell to ring and horn to sound.

Programs Adventure Learning School Programs Nearly 11,000 children and teachers expanded their minds with our onsite tours, designed to inspire learning and complement school curriculum. With your funding, at-risk students are able to participate in this educational and meaningful experience. Two-thirds of the students that took part in tours in 2014-15 did so for free.

Wee Clubhouse Early education programs scheduled throughout the week offer visitors a chance at some structured fun and and learning. These programs are geared toward preschoolers. WEE PLAY is literacy based, with stories and activities centered around a particular subject. WEE EXPLORE offers hands-on science experiments and demonstrations. WEE WIGGLE encourages the kids to get up and get moving!

Roll Out Science An afternoon program where Discovery Guides present hands-on science activities three times a week.

STEAM Sundays STEAM Sundays is a weekly, summer-long series of specialized programming with hands-on educational activities that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics.

Second Saturdays Arts programming takes center stage on Second Saturdays, with partner organizations and performers sharing hands-on creative activities. Both STEAM Sundays and Second Saturdays have $2 admission.

Community Events The Museum hosts five community events each year. With free admission, these events help make the Museum accessible to all. The FY 2015 events were: Beyond, Family SCIFest, Zoom-Zoom, Love of Literacy, and FAME. More than 10,400 people attended these events for free. 2015 Community Report

Passionate about a diverse audience Children’s Museum Tucson has implemented a number of programs, activities and events to ensure everyone can have access to what the Museum has to offer. With reduced admission days to free events to discount programs for military families and those on public assistance, the Museum evinces its dedication to serving the entire community. The Museum joined Museums for All, an initiative of the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences and the Association of Children’s Museums that ensures access to low-income families. Children’s Museum Tucson | Oro Valley


Free- or reducedadmission days


Children from 98 Title 1 schools provided scholarships and transportation to the Museum


Community Memberships, offering entry to hundreds of children through local service organizations

Air Rocket, in the Build It! room, gives kids the chance to design their own rocket and watch it fly with air pressure.

Look to the future The Children’s Museum Tucson will not rest on its laurels. While we completed a four-year overhaul plan in Fiscal Year 2015, we are constantly searching out new exhibits and experiences that will engage our young visitors, spur their imaginations and give them a love of learning that will last a lifetime. In an effort to keep Children’s Museum Tucson fresh and exciting, we have several new exhibits and programs planned for Fiscal Year 2016.

Unique hands-on experiences in the planned outdoor music park (such as these Weenotes), creative corner and butterfly garden.


Local third graders reached in the first year of the “I am a scientist!” afterschool program with two neighborhood schools. The free program should reach nearly 200 children by its third year. 2015 Community Report 2015 Community Report

donors $50,000 & up Armstrong McDonald Foundation Town of Oro Valley $20,000 - $49,999 Cox Communications Friends of the Oro Valley Public Library Pima County Providence Service Corporation Tucson Electric Power Company Tucson Medical Center William and Mary Ross Foundation $10,000 - $19,999 The Community Foundation, Riverside, CA – Gimbel Foundation Dr. Jaw Orthodontists Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Anne & Dr. Douglas Holsclaw Joseph Stanley Leeds Foundation Northwest Children’s Dentistry, PC Oro Valley Police Department Pima Federal Credit Union Southwestern Foundation for Education & Historic Preservation Wells Fargo Foundation $5,000 - $9,999 Alliance Bank of Arizona Asarco, LLC Banner Children’s Diamond Children’s Medical Center Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Inc. CarMax Foundation Community Partnership of Southern Arizona Country Fair White Elephant, Inc. Dairy Council of Arizona First Things First Frances Chapin Foundation Fred & Christine Armstrong Foundation Ryan George & Kim Evans HSL Properties Hydrite Chemical Company Charles & Pat Pettis PetVet Care Centers Management, LLC Pima County Sheriff’s Department Research Corporation for Science Advancement Herschel & Jill Rosenzweig Southwest Energy, LLC Southwest Gas Tucson Pima Arts Council UBS Financial Services US Bank $1,000 - $4,999 Andra Heart Foundation Arizona Bilingual Newspaper, LLC

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Bank of America BeachFleischman, PC CareMore Health System Evelyn Carswell-Bing Caterpillar Foundation Casino del Sol (Pascua Yaqui Tribe) Chestnut Building and Design Coding Continuum Jenine & Phil Dalrymple Desert Diamond Casino and Entertainment (Tohono O’odham Nation) Diamond Foundation Downtown Kitchen & Cocktails Fennemore Craig, P.C. Deanna & Jerry Flacke General Growth Properties, Inc. Golder Ranch Firefighters Local 3832 The Gordon Foundation Pamela Grissom Tom Groh HealthSouth Bill Holmes & Shelley Pozez JTED Kailash Joshi Kinder Morgan Foundation Kohl’s La Frontera Center Lisa Frank Foundation Long Realty Cares Foundation Lovitt & Touché Madden Media Martha R. & Susan I. Seger Foundation Fletcher & Liz McCusker Omar & Amy Mireles Drs. Christian & Jennifer Moher NISE Network Allan & Alfie Norville NTFFA Community Outreach Corporation Oro Valley Community Foundation Perimeter Bicycling Association Planetary Science Institute R & A CPAs Debbie Rich D. L. Rauscher Remedy Intelligent Staffing Gordon & Cindee Reynolds Dr. Gulshan & Neelam Sethi Howard Shenk Snell & Wilmer Sonoran Science Academy - Broadway Sonoran Science Academy - Davis-Monthan Sonoran Science Academy - Tucson Structural Grace Sundt Foundation Swaim Associates Ltd. Architects, AIA Target Texas Instruments Theresa Thorson Tucson Federal Credit Union

Tucson Medical Center Foundation Tucson Unified School District United Way of Tucson & Southern Arizona Vantage West Credit Union Walmart Stores, Inc. Amy & Brett Welander $500 - $999 Aztec Flooring Bank of Tucson Barry & Jami Benson Christy & Justin Beth Wardell “Buck” & Teresa Brown CAID Industries Charlie Cajero Jenny & Leo Carrillo Kelli Cash Catalina Springs Memory Care Facility Dr. Jiravud Chanvitayapongs & Dr. Pakawadee Worawittayawong Gary Cohen Lyuda & Craig Eisenman Every Kid’s Dentist and Orthodontics Kent & Rebecca Foster Felipe & Lori Garcia Karen Gerling Rupert & Evelyn Groh Healthy Kids Kampus George and Shawna Henderson Hiremath Family Dentistry Bob & Anna Janus Jim Click Automotive Team Elizabeth & Rory Juneman Kushagra Katariya Troy E. and Kimiko Larkin Loop Jean Company Michelle & Eddie Marks Scott & Janine McDonald New Belgium Brewing Company Vernon Owara Raytheon Missile Systems Autumn & Matt Rentmeester Barbara Restin Myron Rottenstein Dev & Olivia Sethi Steven Siwik The Shoe House, Inc. Amanda Smicklas & Joel Trupiano Greg & Jessie Taylor Ultra Air Conditioning Hilary & Michael Van Alsburg Visit Tucson Wings Like Eagles Foundation Richard & Anne Zimmerman Jesse Zoernig & Cecile McKee

Donations from July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015

Financial Information Revenues & Support

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Public Support




Special Event Revenues


In kind, Interest & Misc.


Program Revenues


Total Income

Revenues & Support


Functional Expenses

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Programs and Exhibits

Functional Expenses


Management and General 126,477 Fundraising 130,272

Total Functional Expenses 1,591,891 Other Costs, Special Events 32,206 Total Expenses Increase in Net Assets

1,624,097 66,560

Growth in Museum visitors over the past five years FY 2015


FY 2014


FY 2013


FY 2012 FY 2011

134,481 122,859

Staff Michael Luria Executive Director

Autumn Rentmeester Director of Development & Operations

Hilary Van Alsburg Director of Philanthropy & Learning

Teresa Truelsen Director of Marketing

Joel Trupiano Director of Exhibits

Latifah Street Associate Director of Guest Experiences

Nancy Bentley Event Coordinator

Stephanie Papaefthemiou Development Coordinator

Jennifer Phillips Education & Volunteer Coordinator

Lucinda Del Rincon Membership Coordinator

Jerry Pfeffer Accountant

Andrea Vesecky Education Specialist

2015 Community Report

Photo by Martha Lochert Photography

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Children's Museum Tucson | Oro Valley 2015 Community Report  

Financial and program report for 2014-15 Fiscal Year.

Children's Museum Tucson | Oro Valley 2015 Community Report  

Financial and program report for 2014-15 Fiscal Year.