14th Annual Gala Weekend

Unprecedented times call for setting new precedents. The 14th Annual Gala will be like none before, a moment to celebrate the creativity and resiliency of the Museum of Northern Arizona and our community.

This year’s Gala will be “To Go,” so you can enjoy it from the comfort and safety of your own home, or you can choose to reserve a time for a VIP visit to the museum. The Gala To Go will have all the fun and excitement of the usual Gala, but with creative new twists, such as performances, special talks by museum experts, and an online auction of fine art and wonderful treats.

Since our “tent” is online this year, instead of outside, there’s no limit to the number of people who can buy tickets and participate in the Gala. Encourage your far-flung friends and family to join you in supporting and celebrating the Museum of Northern Arizona. Winning bidders in the auction will be able to either pick up their items on September 1 or have the items shipped.

Tickets are available at several levels:

Full Access tickets include:

  • A VIP tour of the museum on August 29 by reservation.
  • Online access on August 29 to all the talks, tours, and performances taking place at the museum.
  • Preferential bidding opportunities starting August 22, including a “buy now” option.
  • Unique facemasks created by Hopi seamstresses.
  • A certificate for dinner at Josephine’s Modern Bistro in Flagstaff, to be used anytime in the next year.
  • A boxed gourmet dessert to take home and enjoy.
  • Gift set of new notecards, featuring art from the MNA collection.
  • Or you may generously decline the goodie package so that we can put the fullness of your donation to work

Full Access From Home tickets include:

This is the same as Full Access, except you plan to enjoy the Gala To Go completely from home. It's like a front row seat from your couch! The VIP goodie package will be mailed to you, available for local pickup, or you may generously decline the goodie package so that we can put the fullness of your donation to work.

  • Preferential bidding opportunities starting on August 22, including a “buy now” option.
  • Online access on August 29 to all the talks, tours, and performances taking place at the museum.
  • Goodie package including facemasks created by Hopi seamstresses, a certificate for dinner at Josephine’s Modern Bistro in Flagstaff, and notecards featuring art from the MNA collection.
  • Or skip the gift package and enjoy a heartfelt "thank you" instead.

Online Only tickets include:

  • Bidding opportunities on all auction items on August 29.
  • Access to the online tour of the museum and broadcast of special performances on August 29.

Gala On-site event schedule

This schedule is to help you choose what time you’d like to visit MNA on Gala day. Your entry time will determine what presentation you will see live. All these presentations, and more, will also be offered to ticketholders online, so whatever you don’t see in person at the museum you will be able to see from home. At all times there will also be artist demonstrators to meet and special interpretative experiences set up.

10:00 am entry time -
Hopi overlay jewelry
Babbitt Gallery
Anthropology curator Kelley Hayes-Gilpin shares the history of this distinctive silverwork, from MNA’s early partnership with Hopi metalsmiths in the 1930s to exciting new research by Dr. Atsunori Ito of the National Museum of Ethnology, Japan. Today, Hopi silversmiths and their apprentices study MNA’s collections to revitalize old techniques and designs, innovate new works, and collaborate on publications.

11:00 am entry time
Sloth Dung and the Changing Climate
Geology Gallery


1:00 pm entry time
Protecting the Past
Anthropology Gallery
Join Archaeology Division Director Kim Spurr to learn about the partnership between MNA’s Archaeology Division and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area that revealed some of the greatest threats to more than 2,500 prehistoric and historic sites in Glen Canyon and its many tributaries.

2:00 pm entry time
Cultural Collaborations
Native Peoples of the Colorado Plateau
Gain insights into the indigenous communities of the Colorado Plateau and how MNA worked with them to develop the groundbreaking Native Peoples of the Colorado Plateau exhibition. Dr. Robert Breunig will share how the project went from idea to actuality, and the ultimate reaction to the exhibit by the people it represents.

3:00 pm entry time
Finding The Force
Lockett Gallery
Tony Thibodeau talks about what motivated him to curate The Force Is With Our People, the award-winning and popular exhibition of indigenous art inspired by the Star Wars saga. Meet the world's only indigenous droid, HOPI-R2.

4:00 pm entry time
Liberated Ladies
Waddell Gallery
Join Archivist Melissa Lawton to take a closer look at the lives of a few of the artists represented in our Liberating Landscapes exhibition. Learn more about these women's lives, inspiration for celebrating the Southwest in art, and dedication to the rugged Arizona landscape. Drawn from MNA's archival holdings, hear experiences of Kate Cory, Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton, Nampeyo, and Lillian Wilhelm Smith in their own words.

The Gala is an essential fundraiser for the Museum of Northern Arizona, and it is all the more important this year when we have faced financial losses due to the pandemic. When the world turned upside down, we learned to do somersaults, working from our home offices to bring the art, science, and culture of the region to your homes. Now we need your help to continue.

Gala tickets may be purchased online or by contacting development@musnaz.org or calling the Development Office at 928.774.5211, ext. 227.

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Thank you to our Gala sponsors

The Museum of Northern Arizona is grateful to our sponsors who have contributed generously in sponsoring the 14th Annual Gala To Go.

Special thanks to APS as our Plateau sponsor.

Sponsors receive a variety of admission tickets, depending on the level of sponsor into the museum for the coming year, VIP access to the gala week and gala day August 29, gift certificates to Josephine‘s modern bistro, dessert and notecards from various artists. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact the Development Office at 928.774.5211, ext 227 or development@musnaz.org.

Sponsorship levels

Underwriting Levels

Dean Taylor

Maury and a Karen Kinne Herman

Bob and Carol Gunnarson

(Mark Harris)