Experience the art of storytelling at the i.d.e.a. Museum this spring. Art of the Story – which opens Feb. 7 – takes visitors on a journey featuring art and hands-on activities that nurture creative thinking and embrace the storyteller within us all.

The exhibition will feature stories told through various mediums, which includes visual arts, spoken word, film, animation, pop-up books, novels, short stories, dance, music, and other forms of creative narrative expression.

Art and activities

Additionally, visitors can enjoy more than 70 artworks created by artists from around the country, including Arizona, as well as from Canada and Europe. The following will be on display: paintings, ceramics, mixed-media monotypes, woodcut prints, drawings, sculpture, glass, fiber, digital photographs and video.

Planned activities for children of all ages include:

  • Performing in a puppet/musical theater
  • Experiencing a cultural storytelling tipi
  • Creating a set and acting out a story via green screen
  • Sharing family stories
  • Building a story board
  • Creating art (bookmarks, puppets, booklets and more)


Art of the Story – which runs through May 24 – is sponsored by POGO Pass, the i.d.e.a. Museum Foundation, City of Mesa and the Arizona Commission on the Arts, which receives support from the state of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Other financial contributions come from Wells Fargo Foundation for the museum’s Access for All fund, which helps pay for programs such as school field trips and free days at the museum.

Art of the Story 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. 



Image credit: “Cave” by Esme Shapiro.