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Campaign Celebration 

The phrase “once in a blue moon” evokes images of exceedingly unlikely occurrences. How fitting that there is a blue moon on October 31, 2020, just as this campaign concludes! Celebrate a successful campaign (thanks to your support!) by joining us at the Heard Museum or from the comfort of your home.

Begin the day at the Heard Museum for a Free Admission Day for the community from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Donors at or above the ‘Supporter’ ($500) level will be recognized as sponsors of this special opportunity to involve the entire community in our celebration. You’ll also be able to enjoy live music, a silent auction, and pick up a special gift box for supporters at or above the ‘New Moon’ ($1,000) level. Please note: the Heard’s health and safety policies—including requiring masks for all patrons and enforcing social distancing—will be in effect.

Then, at 5:00 p.m. Pacific time, supporters will gather virtually at for the dedication of the new Blue Moon Garden, enjoy special videos and music, and celebrate our honorees. 


Click the button below to visit our online auction. Browse and bid on jewelry by Sonwai (Hopi) and Michael Sockyma (Hopi), a Robin Teller (Isleta Pueblo) storyteller, Fritz Scholder (Luiseño) lithographs, and more!

The Campaign

The Heard Museum is the world’s preeminent museum for the advancement of American Indian art. For more than 90 years, we have been a cultural anchor of our community, educating, engaging and inspiring the public while playing a critical role in creating opportunities for artists and cultural partners. Once in a Blue Moon is an opportunity for you – our closest friends – to help ensure that our work continues.

Please consider supporting the Once in a Blue Moon campaign, a critical effort to raise general operating support to keep the Heard Museum stable through this uncertainty. When you do, you will have the confidence of knowing that every penny will directly support the Heard’s unparalleled exhibitions, collections, facilities, programs, and staff. Meaningful recognition and celebration opportunities abound for gifts from $100 to $100,000.

Join Us as We Build on our Momentum

We are simply over the moon that supporters have contributed more than $850,000, with gifts ranging from $50 to $100,000, since the Once in a Blue Moon campaign launched in May. Now, we are asking you to join us as we build on this momentum, to sustain the Heard Museum through this crisis.

Raised so far

$851, 507

Read more about the campaign and its benefits below or click the link to make your gift online now.

Committee Chairs

Janet and John Melamed

Committee Members

George Abrams
Milena and Tony Astorga
Arlene Ben-Horin
Howard and Joy Berlin
Salvador A. Bretts
Susan Esco Chandler and Alfred D. Chandler
Erika and Russell Dickey

Mary and Dr. Tom Hudak
Carrie Hulburd
Ruth Kaspar
Sharron Lewis
Colleen and John Lomax
Janis Lyon
Carol Ann and Harvey Mackay
Mary Ellen McKee
Jean and James J. Meenaghan
Wick and Jill Pilcher
Merle and Steve Rosskam
Carol and Randy Schilling
Ellen and John Stiteler
Amy Thurston
David and Jo Van Denburgh


graphic of sponsor benefits levels for bluemoon campaign. Sponsorships start at $1,000 and go up to $100,000 and come with varying benefits. Please contact for more information.
Note: Recognition in the Blue Moon Garden and receipt of a special themed gift basket to help you celebrate on Oct. 31 are only guaranteed for commitments made before Sept. 25
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Blue Moon Garden

In Fall 2020, the Heard Museum will beautify the North Garden, where Doug Hyde’s Southwest Summer Showers serves as the first work of American Indian art that many visitors see when entering the Heard’s campus. The garden surrounding this magnificent sculpture will remind visitors of the remarkable commitment shown by the Once in a Blue Moon campaign’s most generous supporters. A lasting monument, made from dazzling blue granite and recognizing the dedication of all campaign contributors, by name, at or above the ‘Harvest Moon’ ($7,500) level will be unveiled at the Campaign Celebration and remain a prominent feature of the revitalized Garden for years to come.


Joy Harjo

(Mvscoke) | U.S. Poet Laureate (re-appointed April 2020)

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Betty Van Denburgh

Longtime Heard Museum Supporter & Volunteer

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Sponsor Spotlight

Check back often to read about some of the Heard Museum’s most generous supporters. If you’re interested in being profiled, please reach out to to discuss sponsorship opportunities at the Harvest Moon ($7,500) level and above.

Blue Moon Sponsor

Sharron Lewis

Super Moon Sponsors

Mrs. Dennis Lyon
David and Joann Van Denburgh, in honor of Betty Van Denburgh
Elizabeth Van Denburgh, in honor of Betty Van Denburgh

Wolf Moon Sponsors

Adelante Foundation / established by Nadine and Eddie Basha
Anonymous (3)
John L. and Hope L. Furth
Mary Ellen and Robert H. McKee
Janet and John Melamed

Full Moon Sponsors

Howard and Joy Berlin
Mary and Mark Bonsall
Susan Esco Chandler and Alfred D. Chandler
Julie and Wes Clelland
Adrian and Carla Cohen
Kathleen and John Graham
Frank and Betsy Goodyear
Judy Hewson
Carol Ann and Harvey Mackay
Jean and James Meenaghan
Elaine and Scott Montgomery
Moreno Family Foundation
Samuel J. Parker
Kristine and Leland W. Peterson
Jill and Wick Pilcher / USI
Merle and Steve Rosskam
Carol and Randy Schilling
Sue and Bud Selig
Ellen and John Stiteler
Amy Thurston
Christy Vezolles and Gilbert Waldman

Harvest Moon Sponsors

Arlene and Giora Ben-Horin
Lisa and Greg Boyce
Sharon and Dr. Craig Cohen
Pamela Grant and Daniel Cracchiolo
Erika, Russell, Ken, and Tod Dickey, in Memory of A.J. Dickey
Carrie and Jon Hulburd / Michael W. Louis Charitable Trust
Sue and Jim Navran
Rose and Harry Papp
Phoenix Children’s Hospital
David Wilshin

Half Moon Sponsors

Milena and Tony Astorga
Joel and Cindy Hoxie
Jim and Patience Huntwork
Dan and Helen Lindsay

Crescent Moon Sponsors

Christine and John R. Augustine
Tom and Ruth Ann Hornaday
Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Hudak
Bob and Jeanette Latta
Robert and Shari Levitan
Sam and Judy Linhart
John and Colleen Lomax
Fred and Ann Lynn
Clint and Audrey Magnussen
Pivotal Foundation / F. Francis and Dionne Najafi
Carol and Ken Seidberg
Don and Dorothea Smith
Kevin and Dana Smith
Snell & Wilmer LLP
Trudy and Steven Wiesenberger

New Moon Sponsors

Linda and Jim Ballinger
Joan and Charles Berry
Allison and Robert Bertrand
Cerélle E. Bolon
Rich and Janet Bottarini
Katherin and David Chase
Carol Cohen
Jerry Cowdrey
John and Diane Eckstein
Paul and Flo Eckstein, in honor of Arlene and Giora Ben-Horin
Ardie and Steve Evans
Joseph P. Farina and Joelle Haspil
Mr. and Mrs. George Getz / Globe Foundation
Angela and Jeffrey Glosser
Frances S. Hammond
Marilyn Harris
Michael Hawksworth and Anna Sokolova
Hensley Beverage Company
Lynn R. Hoffman
Jane and Malcolm Jozoff
Emily G. Kahn
Ellen and Howard Katz
Bonnie Kraft
Joan and Joe McDonnell
Abigail and Agatha Melamed, in honor of Janet and John Melamed
The Melamed Children
Joseph E. Nordsieck and Melanie A. Ringer
Francie and Mark Paper
Zachary M. Rawling
In honor of Merle and Steve Rosskam
Jennifer E. and Charles F. Sands, in honor of Betty Van Denburgh
Diane Seder and Bruce Rosen
Susannah and Leslie H. Small
Carolyn and John G. Stuart
Ginger Sykes Torres and Javier Torres
Paul Weiden, MD and Bev Linkletter


Drs. Christopher Appleton and Marcia Ko
Shirley L. Avery
Joe and Nancy Braucher
John and Patricia Case
Harold and JoAnne Frede
Mary and Geoff Hamway
Jack Knowlton
Nils Lindfors
John McKelvey
Sara Sherman Glaser
Roger Strong
Genie Trotter and Jack Watson
Kay and Richard Yuspeh


Peter and Betty Bengtson
Elaine P. Benisek
Norma Jean Coulter
Michele LaForest Halloran
Debby Johnson and Carl Roy
Marc and Stace Robbins
Natalie Vandeventer
Jacklyn Writz

Corporate Sponsors

Phoenix Children's logo
logo graphic for Snell and Wilmer Law firm.
USI logo

Become a Once in a Blue Moon sponsor at any level today! You can pay by credit card online, by contacting Jack Schwimmer at 602.251.0245 or, or by mailing a check along with the downloadable sponsorship form to:

Heard Museum, c/o Development Department, 2301 N. Central Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85004.

Thank you so much for your support of the Heard Museum.