The re-imagined Mingei is becoming reality—a gift to our vibrant, creative community and the cross-border region.

We invite you to make your mark on Mingei’s Transformation! To spark your interest, we’ve provided options below that have a significant impact on our renovation. As the Museum’s reopening draws near, the time is now to secure a spot where your name, or your family’s name, can be recognized in this exciting new space.

More than 500 community members have already contributed to this project, and we need your help to reach the finish line! Join us now in making the transformed Mingei a reality. A gift of any amount aids in the completion of this project.

Nikigator Relocation


Help us bring Nikigator home! Everyone’s favorite mosaic reptile is scheduled to return to her nest in Balboa Park, right in front of Mingei. This beloved piece from the Museum’s collection needs to be transported via flatbed truck and lifted by crane onto a new, soft pad. Help us get her ready to welcome visitors for play again! Donors will be recognized on signage inside the arcade in front of the Museum, adjacent to the Plaza de Panama, for at least 12 months. 

Theater Seats

$2,500 per chair

Have your name inscribed on one of the Theater’s iconic Arne Jacobsen chairs. The Theater will be a place for performances, lectures, concerts, films and more, with a 45’ glass door that frames the south wall and opens completely to the amphitheater. The chairs are classic examples of Danish design, rounding out the beautiful new space with flexible seating arrangements. There are a limited number of these special chairs available—don’t miss this chance to be recognized in the new Theater! 

For other major naming opportunities, such as the walk-up coffee bar, terraces and more, please get in touch with a member of the Advancement team.

Take part in Mingei's Transformation.

Donate Today


Contact Development Manager, Heather Kerner, for more information on how to donate.
(619) 704-7504