CEO Message

Victims of our success. 

As many of you know, the museum’s national and international profile has increased dramatically over the last year or so. For example, our Facebook audience is now approaching   750,000. By comparison, that’s more than twice the audience size of both The Getty Center and LACMA in Southern California.  In recent weeks, however, we have found ourselves turning away hundreds of visitors a week due to tours being sold out days in advance. This, frankly, is not acceptable. We needed to find a way to meet demand while not compromising our educational mission.

So, in early June, during the hours of 9am to 4pm, we began offering self-guided tours with a one-time admission of $19.  Visitors during these times will be able to drop in without an online reservation and browse at will for as long as they wish. Additionally, our historical Interpreters (guides) will also be on hand to answer any questions regarding the collection.  

We realize the Neon Museum is in an enviable position. But we also realize that the prospect of visitors leaving Las Vegas, without the opportunity of visiting its crown Jewel, is a non-starter.  My personal promise is that we will do everything we can to continue our reputation as a must see destination in the entertainment capital of the world. 

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Before restoring, view Blue Angel Motel sign treasure until July 6

The Blue Angel, a Las Vegas sign treasure for more than six decades, is on display at the Museum’s Ne10 Studio until July 6 before she “flies” away for the City of Las Vegas to restore and place her back on public display. 

Formerly on East Fremont Street and Eastern Avenue, the 16-foot golden hair Blue Angel stood guard over the Blue Angel Motel from 1957 until it was removed last year. The motel building was demolished in 2015.

Titled “Blue Angel: Between Heaven and Earth,” the exhibit also features a slideshow of Blue Angel inspired imagery that local artists created. 

“Neon Museum and the Desert Space Foundation are honored to host this limited time exhibit,” said NM CEO Rob McCoy. “It focuses not only on the angel herself, but also her designer, the late Betty Willis, who also designed the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign. We thank the city of Las Vegas for the opportunity to display her and look forward to her restoration.”  

The exhibit is open and free to the public from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday.

Lecture revisits 50-year anniversary of ‘Learning from Las Vegas’ Yale research trip

Architect, historian and author Alan Hess took a Neon Museum audience down memory lane in May with a lecture marking the 50th anniversary of the “Learning from Las Vegas” survey. The Learning from Las Vegas survey?

In 1968, three Yale professors – Robert Venturi, Denise ScottBown and Steven Izenour – and their students trekked west to learn about the city. Neon Museum and Hess, in partnership with Nevada Preservation Foundation, reviewed what they learned in 1968, how Las Vegas has evolved and why it is even more important today to the evolution of modern architecture and planning.

Of course, the event was held against a stunning sign-dense backdrop at the Museum’s new Ne10 Studio at 1001 W. Bonanza Road, on the Las Vegas Review-Journal campus.

Venturi authored a book, “Learning from Las Vegas: The Forgotten Symbolism of Architectural Form” that published in April.

Hess’ books focus on modern architecture and urbanism in the mid-20th Century. Among his subjects: Las Vegas and Palm Springs, Calif. 

2018 National Artist in Residence: NY educator, teaching artist Karl Orozco

From a field of more than 50 applicants the Neon Museum selected Filipino-American printmaker and illustrator Karl Orozco as its 2018 National Artist in Residence. 

Currently a museum educator and teaching artist at the Queens Museum in New York City, Orozco teaches sequential art, printmaking, animation and portraiture to middle-school students. 

He graduated from Oberlin (Ohio) College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual Art and Sociology and founded the Asia America Art Collective, a biennial arts symposium featuring artists from the Asian/Pacific diaspora. 

Orozco’s residency will be July 2 – August 25. 

Neon’s 1st three National Artists in Residence featured in exhibit

Neon Museum curator Cynthia Behr Warso addressed an opening reception at the Nevada Humanities Program Gallery downtown on May 31 to launch an exhibition of the Museum’s first three National Artists in Residence.

The exhibit, “Neon AIR: Radiant Residents,” features the works of Whitney Lynn, Allison Wiese and Karl Orozco, the Museum’s first three National Artists in Residence. The exhibit runs until July 26.  For more information, visit www.nevadahumanities.org

Hot summer, hot museum, ‘Hot Yoga!’

Hot Yoga returns to the Neon Boneyard on Saturdays with an expanded schedule this summer. The cost is $18 per person. Neon Museum members receive $8 off.

Starting Time is 4:30 p.m. for all dates:

June 23, July 7, July 14, July 21, July 28, August 4, August 11, August 18 and August 25.

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Celebrate Dad with an Electric Promenade Paver

Dawn & Larry, please use the attached paver graphic and this link to the paver purchase page: 

Stumped about what to get Dad for Father’s Day? Think outside the box and hit the ground running with an Electronic Promenade Paver in his name. Click here to learn how.

Sips, Signs & Strings

Hard Rock Café Guitar

We love our members! Here’s proof

Members enjoy valuable benefits all year,  including unlimited admission to the fabulous Neon Boneyard and Brilliant!, our new immersive experience.  Members also receive great discounts and perks from our favorite DTLV businesses.  And, at the Frontier level and higher, members enjoy reciprocal admission privileges to more than 900 cultural organizations in North America through the North American Reciprocal Membership (NARM) program. 

Please click here for the membership level that best suits your lifestyle and join today! 

 

Support the Neon Museum with an IRA charitable rollover gift

Good news for folks at least 70 ½ years of age. Donations made directly from an individual retirement account (IRA) can reap big rewards at tax time for the donor and help the Neon Museum grow the glow!  

What is an IRA charitable Rollover gift?

At age 70 ½, individuals are required to start taking “minimum required distributions” from their IRA accounts. These distributions are considered taxable income. 

However, if a gift is made directly from the IRA to any public charity, including the Neon Museum, it becomes a “charitable rollover.” The charitable rollover gift counts toward the required minimum IRA distribution but is not considered taxable income. 

A charitable rollover gift cannot be itemized as a charitable deduction, however, it will lower the donor’s adjusted gross income, resulting in a lower tax bill. 

Also, for donors who itemize their taxes, a charitable rollover gift can reduce high-income premium surcharges for Medicare. 

To make a charitable rollover gift to the Neon Museum, include:  

The Neon Museum’s legal name: The Neon Museum 
Our Tax ID number: 88-0383932
Our address and contact information: 
Brenda K. Bogue, Director of Development
The Neon Museum
770 Las Vegas Blvd. North
Las Vegas, NV  89101
Telephone: 702-476-3477

This is not intended to be legal or tax advice.  Please consult your own qualified advisors.

Matching Donations = Major Impact! 

Did you know that many companies match charitable donations made by their employees or employee spouses?  Please check with your HR department to see if your employer offers this fantastic way to maximize your gift to the Neon Museum. It could mean doubling or even tripling the amount of your donation – and that really would help us grow the glow!  

 With Gratitude for Our Donors!

Please click here to see a list of generous individuals and businesses that have supported the Neon Museum with their financial and in-kind gifts during the last 12 months.