MCALLEN INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM

Rating: 4.5 stars   2 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: International Museum of Art & Science 1900 Nolana Ave McAllen TX 78504 USA

Mission: The mission of the International Museum of Art & Science is to promote a deeper appreciation of the arts and sciences through exhibitions, cultural events and educational programs; and to preserve, expand and display its permanent art and science collection.
Programs: The museum's major operating programs include education programs, cultural events, rotating special exhibitions, as well as over 8,000 items its permanent collections. Some of the collection is comprised of African Art, 16th to 18th Century European paintings, a Pablo Picasso collection, a Pop Art Collection, and a variety of rocks, minerals, and scientific specimens. The museum displays world-class exhibits and collections. Many of the exhibitions are from the Smithsonian Institute Traveling Exhibitions Service. Most other exhibits are developed by our Curatorial Department that considers international artists, science foundations, and private collectors. Some examples of recent exhibitions include "Icons" Stained Glass Windows by Lamb studios and Louis Comfort Tiffany, "Moving Metal" exploring the history and art of the motorcycle from 1913 to 2007, "Torture Instruments through the Ages" on loan from the Museo de Toscana in Italy and created by human rights organizations to promote cultural diversity, tolerance and compassion. There is also a gallery set aside for contemporary, living artists. The museum offers adult, family and children's education programs that explore various methods of art making, history, science. One of its most popular cultural events, held quarterly, is the "Stars Party" where visitors can look through telescopes and observe planets, stars, and comets. The museum tours K-12 school groups daily, at approximately 13,000-19,000 youth per year. The facilities include a newly built artist's studio, a family art center, a family science center, and a Children's Discovery Pavilion where children can learn about art and science through hands on exhibits. The museum has approximately 50,000 square feet of galleries and public access areas. IMAS receives about 80,000 visitors annually. Beneficiaries include the City of McAllen, the McAllen Public Utilities Board, private donors, various banks, corporations, and foundations including the Region One Texas Education Agency. The museum is fully accredited by the AAM (American Association of Museums), and is 1 of 104 Smithsonian Affiliate Institutions in the world. Thanks to a gift from the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court, IMAS offers a free general admission program to the public every Sunday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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Rating: 4 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

IMAS provides a solid anchor and compass for the region's culture and arts programs. I particularly love the new sculpture in front, and what a great plan for a sulpture park. The SOS exhibit is unbelievable. My kids and I love it and can't wait for new programs to be downloaded and shown.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Reaching the children of the regions school districts and exposing them to a high quality arts ad science experience

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Great people in the staff to work with.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Always motivated and interested in the organizations growth and future

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand the exhibit capabilities and create very specific pavilions. I would ensure the perpetual liquidity for world class operations.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I've visited IMAS many times and just love the exhibits and the staff! Special items of interest are Science on a Sphere and the star parties they have from time to time. The city needs a robust and dynamic museum and IMAS fits the bill.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Many different ways. Getting exhibits and helping conduct star parties and procuring funding.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase the staffing level.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The educational efforts for the community.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very dedicated and working for far less than their worth.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Build a planetarium/domed theater and greatly increase it's educational utility.

Ways to make it better...

We had more funding.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Increasing funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

IMAS's best years are ahead.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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