Signature Events bring MIM’s galleries to life through extraordinary cultural and celebratory experiences.
Signature Events establish MIM as a center of culture and community by introducing guests to the museum and its collection through family-friendly events such as Experience Cultural Programs, holiday offerings, events honoring musical icons, special exhibition programs, and more.
These one-of-a-kind events immerse guests in diverse music and cultures from around the globe. With each one focused on a different country or geographic region, guests experience live musical and dance performances, hands-on activities, and more!
Celebrate influential and inspiring artists who are known as icons of the musical world! Each program puts the spotlight on artists from MIM’s galleries, showcasing them through engaging activities such as film screenings, musical performances, and curator talks.
All Signature Events are included with paid museum admission and free for members.
THE ELECTRIC GUITAR: INVENTING AN AMERICAN ICON OPENING WEEKEND
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 9, 10, and 11
Join us at MIM as we celebrate the opening of our newest special exhibition! The Electric Guitar: Inventing an American Icon showcases the dramatic transformation of popular culture brought about by the electrically amplified guitar. From earliest imagination to musical revolution, these are the instruments that electrified the world. Go behind the scenes of this unique exhibition with special guests who will mark the occasion with engaging talks and demonstrations, revealing why the electric guitar made history nearly ninety years ago and still captures our attention today.
Saturday and Sunday, December 1 and 2
Experience the sights and sounds of Brazil with vibrant musical performances, workshops, a Brazilian-inspired menu, and more. Come learn about the origins of choros, bossa novas, sambas, and other notable musical styles from Brazil.
’TIS THE SEASON: HOLIDAYS AT MIM
Saturday and Sunday, December 15 and 16
Celebrate the “most wonderful time of the year” at MIM! Join us for our annual holiday program featuring musical performances and holiday-themed activities. MIM will transform into a musical “Winter Wonderland” with songs and musical traditions that spread tidings of good cheer around the world throughout this season. This merry event is one you won’t want to miss.
Saturday and Sunday, January 19 and 20
Travel to Spain by visiting MIM! Experience the country’s diverse cultural and musical traditions with interactive workshops, music and dance performances, cultural talks, and more. ¡Olé!
Saturday and Sunday, February 9 and 10
Celebrate Canadian music and culture at MIM. In conjunction with Arizona Canada Week, enjoy a weekend filled with boot-stomping musical performances, engaging presentations, and the maple-leaf spirit!
MUSICAL ICON: PABLO CASALS
Saturday and Sunday, February 23 and 24
Join MIM in remembering Pablo Casals, one of the greatest cellists of the twentieth century. In admiration of the life and legacy of Casals, MIM presents a tribute to this musical icon with special film screenings as well as interesting curatorial talks and artistic performances.
Saturday and Sunday, March 16 and 17
Make plans to experience Ireland at MIM’s celebration of Irish music and culture with Irish dancing demonstrations and hands-on activities. It’s a perfect way to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day!
Saturday and Sunday, May 11 and 12
Spend your weekend at MIM and get a taste of Polynesian music and culture. From Tahitian tunes to Hawaiian hula, discover music and dance of the Pacific Islands.
MUSICAL ICONS: JOHNNY CASH AND JUNE CARTER
Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23
Commemorate the lives and legacies of Johnny Cash and June Carter. In honor of June Carter’s ninetieth birthday, come and listen to Curator Talks, enjoy film screenings, and discover more about these two American musical icons.
Saturday and Sunday, July 13 and 14
Celebrate Bastille Day and French culture at MIM. Enjoy live musical performances, shop for French merchandise at the Museum Store, and indulge in a French-inspired menu at our café. Vive la France!
MUSICAL ICON: ELVIS
Saturday and Sunday, August 10 and 11
Start off Elvis Week with a closer look at the legacy of the “King of Rock and Roll.” Come and listen to special talks about Elvis Presley’s music and watch an iconic Elvis movie before visiting the Elvis Presley exhibit in MIM’s Artist Gallery.
Saturday and Sunday, August 31 and September 1
Experience the depth of India’s performing-arts culture. With vibrant musical and dance performances, participatory workshops, and Curator Talks, MIM presents the ragas and talas at the heart of Indian culture.
MUSICAL ICON: CELIA CRUZ
Saturday and Sunday, October 5 and 6
Join MIM in commemorating one of the defining artists of the modern Latin music scene, Celia Cruz. To celebrate her birth month, come and explore the life of “The Queen of Salsa” and make sure to stop by MIM’s Artist Gallery to check out the Celia Cruz display.
Saturday and Sunday, October 26 and 27
Let MIM transport you to Japan. Discover amazing Japanese musical traditions, such a gagaku and taiko drumming; explore the Japan exhibits in MIM’s Asia Gallery; and enjoy a Japanese-inspired menu at Café Allegro.
’TIS THE SEASON: HOLIDAYS AT MIM
Saturday and Sunday, December 14 and 15
MIM will transform into a musical “Winter Wonderland” with seasonal songs and musical traditions from around the world. Don’t miss this merry event to end the year.