Tag archives: MOXI

MOXI’s Millionth
By Richard Mineards   |   July 2, 2024

MOXI: The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation, which opened its doors in 2017, welcomed its one millionth guest last week in colorful and explosive style. As Vincent Regina, manager of Chili’s in Goleta, brought his youngsters Dante, 3, and Vivian, 5, through the door, a cannon of colorful confetti unloaded, much to the delight […]

A Powerful Brunch
By Richard Mineards   |   May 14, 2024

What a difference a year makes! When MOXI: The Wolf Museum of Exploration and Innovation hosted its 6th annual Power of MOXI spring brunch in 2023, the event had to be moved inside because of the frigid weather. Last week the fun fête, co-chaired by Amber Kaplan and Angie McGrath, couldn’t have been more perfect […]

Jodi House Raises Funds & Awareness
By Ann Pieramici   |   November 28, 2023

Last month, 200 community members – many Montecito residents – gathered on the rooftop of MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation, to learn about Jodi House’s critical mission to empower brain injury survivors to thrive. “An Evening to Explore Jodi House,” an annual event raising awareness and funds for the brain injury support […]

MOXI’s Annual Gala Fundraiser
By Joanne A Calitri   |   October 10, 2023

MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation, held its Annual MOXI@Night fundraising gala at the museum on Saturday, September 30. The theme this year was “A Celebration of Sound + Light,” utilizing both throughout the museum with multi-genre live music and light show entertainment experiences. Funds raised are dedicated to the museum’s STEAM education […]

A Fundraiser with Moxie
By Richard Mineards   |   May 30, 2023

Inclement weather and a time change marked The Power of MOXI brunch for 100 guests at the Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation, which has welcomed more than 790,000 visitors since opening in 2017, just a tiara’s toss or two from Stearns Wharf. Normally the event, which raised more than $40,000 for the institution’s education […]

FestForums Fun
By Richard Mineards   |   February 14, 2023

The sixth annual FestForums, which serves the festival industry from ticketing, sponsorship, programming, sustainability, and marketing, hosted a boffo bash at MOXI for 300 guests to mark the launch of the two-day event in Santa Barbara. “It’s beyond my wildest dreams,” said Laurie Kirby, co-founder and president. “It is a magical event and the first […]

Igniting STEAM Learning for All Through Interactive Experiences
By Rachael Quisel   |   February 14, 2023

MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation, was first incorporated in the 1990s as the Children’s Museum of Santa Barbara. It was the brainchild of many dedicated community leaders with Jill Levinson, Alixe Mattingly, and Nancy Sheldon spearheading the campaign to construct the sandcastle-shaped building. Groundbreaking didn’t occur until 2015 and its iconic, arched […]

Luncheon Powered by MOXI
By Montecito Journal   |   May 24, 2022

MOXI’s annual Power of MOXI luncheon was held on Tuesday, May 10 on the museum’s rooftop. The sold-out event allowed the public to learn more about MOXI’s dynamic programs and overall dedication to creating opportunities for STEM learning. MOXI’s President + CEO Dr. Robin Gose and Apeel’s Senior Vice President of Operations Jenny Du spoke, […]

2020 Prompts New Vision of Santa Barbara Arts Community
By Ted Mills   |   August 5, 2021

Performing arts and the arts nonprofit sector of Santa Barbara took a huge hit in 2020, as COVID performed a scorched earth campaign across an already tenuous industry. Santa Barbara loves its art and its artists, but it has often suffered from the silo’ing of audiences and funding.  Philanthropists love having their names on new […]

Mike Gould’s LunchBoxing with Lasers Exhibit at MOXI
By Joanne A Calitri   |   July 15, 2021

MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation, came out of lockdown this month, featuring its newest interactive sci-art exhibit titled, “LunchBoxing with Lasers,” by veteran laser artist Mike Gould.  Found on the second floor in a darkened room, the lasers are constantly creating a moving visual, with varying brightness, shapes, and speeds. The lasers […]

Let Curiosity Reign: MOXI Officially Reopens
By Briana Westmacott   |   June 3, 2021

Soft light flooded through a wall of windows casting Peter Pan-like shadows of the small children dashing by. An aura of excitement bubbled around the children as they entered the MOXI Museum. One especially enthusiastic boy, who couldn’t have been much more than two years old, rushed through the doors. His eyes settled on the […]

Showing its MOXI: Innovative Spirit Helps Organization Continue to Support Children’s Quest for Knowledge
By Steven Libowitz   |   May 6, 2021

Every organization had to pivot to produce programs during the pandemic. But for the MOXI museum, innovation comes with the territory. Indeed, that’s what the “I” in the nonprofit’s name (Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation) stands for.  “What the pandemic forced us to do is to take what we do best — which is […]

Young Artists Shine
By Richard Mineards   |   February 4, 2021

The Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara has named 22 student artists as winners of its art scholarship competition. Each will receive a colleague scholarship for the 2021-22 academic year. “Under normal circumstances we would hold the competition at the Ridley-Tree Education Center and host a reception for the winners at the Santa Barbara Museum of […]

The Rock Star Raffle
By Steven Libowitz   |   November 12, 2020

It takes not only a surfeit of talent but also a lot of moxie to go from singing in a church choir and performing gospel music as a teen to achieving international pop stardom as a young adult. Katy Perry, born in Santa Barbara in 1984 as Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, surely has plenty of both.  […]

Colorful Celebration
By Richard Mineards   |   October 10, 2019

The MOXI Museum, which has 150,000 guests annually, was socially gridlocked when 300 supporters attended the third annual fundraiser Colorosity, raising around $300,000 for the STEAM education, outreach, and accessibility initiatives. All three floors provided a feast for the eyes and palate, with bountiful food at each stop. The boffo bash, co-chaired by Kelly Bret […]

Belle of the Ball
By Richard Mineards   |   August 8, 2019

It was all a very hush-hush affair when Belle Hahn, daughter of the late billionaire art dealer Stephan Hahn, who died in 2011, celebrated her 35th birthday with a night on the tiles. More than 120 guests gathered on the rooftop of the MOXI Museum for the top secret bash, with Belle thinking she was […]

Holding the KEY
By Richard Mineards   |   May 9, 2019

It was a night on the tiles for more than 500 underserved school students over a two-day period when Montecito resident John Daly‘s nine-year-old organization, the KEY Class, which teaches youngsters social and business etiquette, threw a graduating dinner on the roof of the MOXI museum. The four-course dinner, prepared by Seasons Catering, was underwritten […]

Kirtan Confab
By Steven Libowitz   |   February 21, 2019

Where can you hear some of the greatest Kirtan/call-and-response chant artists all in one place short of attending a Bahkti gathering? How about Yoga Soup this Friday night, when Sounds into Silence, a feature-length documentary that explores chant meditation, makes its Santa Barbara public debut. Deva Premal & Miten, Krishna Das, Snatam Kaur, Jai Uttal, […]

Moxi Night in Motion
By Lynda Millner   |   October 11, 2018

MOXI The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation Museum was the place to be when they held their MOXI Night In Motion to raise funds for the new Community Partners Membership program. “They will be able to provide free and reduced admission for thousands of underserved students, teachers, and families and set curious minds in […]

Showing Some MOXI
By Richard Mineards   |   May 24, 2018

It was a night on the tiles when Monarch Wealth Strategies celebrated its 10th anniversary on the roof of the MOXI museum with 100 guests quaffing the vino and noshing on the comestibles. President and founder Aaron Clark, who has more than 500 clients and also just opened an office in Santa Maria, said: “It […]