MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation

Art & Culture

Play is learning at The Wolf Museum of Exploration and Innovation (MOXI). Located in Santa Barbara, California, MOXI features three floors of indoor and outdoor exhibits designed to help children, families, and curious minds of all ages explore, play, and discover. Though interactive experiences in science and creativity, learning is ignited.

MOXI opened its doors to the public on February 25, 2017 after years of hard work and community effort. The Simms/Mann Family Foundation supported MOXI’s mission by donating to the Bridge for Interactive Media exhibit, which features rotating displays of new media arts and technology. Visitors will discover a unique showcase for a wide range of digital interactive experiences designed in partnership with area artists, educators and scientists.

Currently, the Theater features an installment titled “Video Organisms” from the UCSB AlloSphere Research Group and artist, Ethan Turpin— a large-scale representation of a Hydrogen-like atom that visitors can explore and interact with. It allows guests to interact with the installation as they use hand-held lights and their own movements to create life-like patterns.

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USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance

A member of USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance’s “Founder’s Circle,” the foundation established the Simms/Mann Family Foundation Endowed Dance Scholarship in 2016. The Founder’s Circle creates a legacy of support for of dancers, choreographers and dance leaders at the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. Satori Folkes-Stone is the current recipient of the Simms/Mann Family Foundation Endowed Dance Scholarship.


Ted Mann Concert Hall at the University of Minnesota

The Foundation supported the production of the Tedd Mann Concert Hall, a world-class concert auditorium overlooking the banks of the Mississippi River, in 1993.


Prince of Wales Foundation

The Foundation supports the collaboration between the Prince’s Drawing School and United States art education institutions by providing scholarships to young American artists to participate in a four-week residency at the Prince’s Drawing School.


Zimmer Children’s Museum

The Foundation supported the development of a permanent exhibit at the Museum: the Mann Theater. The Foundation has also supported the Museum’s youTHink program.


Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

The Foundation grant was used to purchase the art located at the top of the Wallis Annenberg’s Grand Staircase. The piece is Untitled (Venice) by Lee Mullican (1967).


Geffen Playhouse

The Foundation supported the construction of the “Victoria and Ronald Simms Courtyard in Honor of Ted Mann.” Victoria Simms, Ph.D., serves as a Founding Board Member.

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