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.

Classroom Cubbies

$1,000 per cubby

There are only 48 sweet chances to see your name (or a kiddo or family name) on one of the cubbies in the Museum’s new Education Center. These lockers will hold all the belongings for young creatives visiting the Mingei classroom for the day. Snag yours today! Names will be added to the front of the locker. 

Limit two per household. 

Tree of Life


Contribute a leaf to our Tree of Life, and help the transformed Museum bloom. As we near the end of construction, your gift will support the set-up and animation of the new Museum, including fixtures, furnishings, signage and all the details that will make Mingei feel welcoming and accessible. Donors will be recognized on an artist-designed, three-dimensional “tree of life” inspired by the Museum’s collection, which will be displayed in a lighted niche outside the Museum’s entrance. Your name will be visible on the tree for 12 months, after which the leaf with your name on it will be given back to you as a keepsake.

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 40’ 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. A limited number of these special chairs available—don’t miss this chance to be recognized! 

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