Press RoomPhoenix Art Museum announces Adopt-a-Firefly, virtual lecture by Teresita Fernández and other virtual events through 2020, and socially distanced holiday shopping by appointment

Phoenix Art Museum announces Adopt-a-Firefly, virtual lecture by Teresita Fernández and other virtual events through 2020, and socially distanced holiday shopping by appointment

Nov, 24, 2020

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Phoenix Art Museum announces Adopt-a-Firefly, virtual lecture by Teresita Fernández and other virtual events through 2020, and socially distanced holiday shopping by appointment

PHOENIX (November 24, 2020) – This December, Phoenix Art Museum will continue to present virtual events and community-engagement opportunities, including its biweekly PhxArtist Spotlight series. All in-person Museum events, tours, and public programs remain suspended until further notice. For information on the Museum’s new COVID-19 visitor policies and procedures, click here.

The Museum has also launched a new, digital, interactive art experience on its website inspired by Yayoi Kusama’s beloved installation You Who Are Getting Obliterated in the Dancing Swarm of Fireflies. Digital fireflies are now available for adoption. Each adopted firefly provides vital support for Museum programs and operations during COVID-19, which has severely impacted income for the non-profit institution.

Phoenix Art Museum additionally invites community members to make personal holiday shopping appointments at The Museum Store. These exclusive shopping experiences are offered on days when the Museum is closed to the public to help shoppers avoid holiday crowds.

Available through December 31, 2020
Community members are invited to adopt named, digital fireflies to help light a new, digital, interactive experience on inspired by You Who Are Getting Obliterated in the Dancing Swarm of Fireflies by Japanese contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama. Those who wish to participate by purchasing a digital firefly will receive a complimentary annual Membership to Phoenix Art Museum. Adopt-a-Firefly Memberships can also be gifted to loved ones just in time for the holiday season. Purchase before December 31, 2020 using the code FIREFLY10 and get $10 off. Current PhxArt Members have automatically been gifted personalized, digital fireflies and can search for them here.

Lenhardt Lecture: Teresita Fernández in conversation with Amalia Mesa-Bains
December 10 | 6 pm
Phoenix Art Museum will present internationally renowned artist Teresita Fernández in conversation with artist, educator, and cultural critic Amalia Mesa-Bains for the Museum’s third annual Lenhardt Lecture, a key component of the Dawn and David Lenhardt Contemporary Art Initiative. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Lenhardt Lecture will be presented virtually and live-streamed. This virtual event is free for Museum Members and open to the public with a suggested donation.

Considered one of the most innovative artists of her generation, Fernández, who was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow in 2005, is best known for her monumental public-art commissions and her immersive installations and sculptures, more than 50 of which are currently on view at Phoenix Art Museum through January 3, 2021 as part of Teresita Fernández: Elemental.

Weekly Virtual Mindfulness Sessions
December 3, 10, 17 | Noon
Scientific studies show the art of mindfulness can relieve anxiety, depression, pain, and stress and actually change the way we feel, think, work, and play by opening new pathways in the brain. Presented in collaboration with Hospice of the Valley, this free, 30-minute, at-home mindfulness session promotes living in the present. This session is hosted on Zoom, a video-conference platform. For more information, click here.

Virtual Slow Art at Home | Guided Meditation with Phoenix Art Museum
December 23 | Noon
Guided by a Museum educator, this pay-what-you-wish #PhxArtatHome meditation session provides an opportunity to connect with the present moment and create a deeper understanding of a work of art from the Museum’s collection. December’s Slow Art will be presented through Zoom, a video-conference platform. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

Presented by Phoenix Art Museum, PhxArtist Spotlight is a biweekly series that explores what inspires and motivates Valley creatives, while leveraging the Museum’s reach in its community to support and expand awareness of working artists, many of whom have been deeply impacted by the economic effects of COVID-19. Twice a month, the Museum highlights a different artist working in Arizona, posting a Q&A with the artist and images of their work on the Museum’s Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter channels and on the Museum’s bilingual blog. The artist is also highlighted in a monthly email sent to Museum Members, Circles of Support donors, and an email subscriber list of more than 67,000 followers.For more information on the series, click here. For recent spotlights on artists Vincent Chung and Eric Torres, click here.

In-store only
December 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22
By reservation only
This December, to help community members avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle of malls and big-box stores, Phoenix Art Museum is offering a new twist on socially distanced shopping with personal shopping appointments at The Museum Store on days when the Museum is normally closed to the public. Tickets for these exclusive shopping days are $10 and non-refundable, and all COVID-19 safety protocols and procedures will apply to help keep shoppers as safe as possible. Only The Museum Store will be open on these personal holiday shopping days, with all other Museum facilities and galleries closed to the public. For more information and to make reservations, click here. For those who wish to shop from home, visit The Museum Store at

About Phoenix Art Museum

Since 1959, Phoenix Art Museum has provided millions of guests with access to world-class art and experiences in an effort to ignite imaginations, create meaningful connections, and serve as a brave space for all people who wish to experience the transformative power of art. Located in Phoenix’s Central Corridor, the Museum is a vibrant destination for the visual arts and the largest art museum in the southwestern United States. Each year, more than 300,000 guests engage with critically acclaimed national and international exhibitions and the Museum’s collection of more than 20,000 works of American and Western American, Asian, European, Latin American, modern and contemporary art, and fashion design. The Museum also presents a comprehensive film program, live performances, and educational programs designed for visitors of all ages, along with vibrant photography exhibitions made possible through the Museum’s landmark partnership with the Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona. To learn more about Phoenix Art Museum, visit, or call 602.257.1880.

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