The Musical Instrument Museum offers free virtual art education

The Musical Instrument Museum broadcasts live tours and concerts on music, science and culture to millions of people every year for a fee.

But a $7,500 Season for Sharing grant is supporting free access to virtual programs for more than 5,000 children who attend underfunded schools in Maricopa County. In addition, field trips for students from low-income schools are offered with free admission to the museum.

The Musical Instrument Museum opened in 2010 and features permanent galleries organized by geography, containing items from collectors, instrument makers, and musicians. There’s also the hands-on experience gallery and the mechanical music gallery, which features instruments that play by themselves.

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Immersive galleries play music from over 200 countries. The galleries are dedicated to famous musicians, mechanical musical instruments and interactive exhibits.

The new exhibit, “Treasures: Legendary Musical Instruments,” opened in the fall and will run through September 2023. It features a curated collection of more than 80 notable instruments from around the world.

Some instruments in the collection date back 6,000 years of history, including an ancient Chinese ceramic drum.

SHARING SEASON: Full list of 2021-22 scholarship recipients here.

The MIM also has a concert space where national and international artists perform. More recent collaborative projects include working with families with children with special needs and seniors living with memory loss.

The 2021 Season for Sharing campaign raised $1.8 million for 164 Arizona charities, including MIM. The annual grant-making effort was established in 1993 by the Republic of Arizona/azcentral. During this time, more than $72 million has been donated to charities across the state that help struggling children and families, seniors, students and teachers.

Donations to Season for Sharing are accepted year-round. Donate online at or by texting SHARING to 91-999.

Details: Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E Mayo Blvd, Phoenix. 480-478-6000,

Roxanne De La Rosa covers the nonprofit community in Arizona. Contact her at [email protected]

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