A beloved community tradition for more than 40 years, Art Alive returns April 25-28, 2024! As the Museum’s signature annual fundraiser, Art Alive raises essential support for exhibitions, education, and public programs throughout the year.

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Art Alive 2023 festivities, including more than 70 floral designs filling the Museum galleries with fragrant arrangements inspired by Museum works of art, were enjoyed by 12,000 people, helping us raise nearly $1.2 million for Museum programming! This isn’t possible without the incredible work of our volunteer floral designers, whose inspired fresh floral and botanical interpretations of art are on display throughout the Museum for the duration of Art Alive.

We invite the region’s top-tier floral designers to create thought-provoking and elegantly crafted arrangements, all inspired by works of art on view at the Museum.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Art Alive 2024 Floral Exhibition.

Please keep in mind the important dates below.

  • January 4, 2024—Application opens (9:00 a.m. PT)
  • January 19, 2024—Application deadline (5:00 p.m. PT)
  • February 15, 2024—Selection day time assigned (by email)
  • February 29, 2024—Selection day (by phone)
  • March 19, 2024—Designer worksheet deadline (5:00 p.m. PT)
  • April 9, 2024—Installation day time assigned (by email)
  • April 25, 2024—Installation day (in person at the Museum)

Interested in participating in Art Alive 2024 as a floral designer? Review the Art Alive Floral Designer Guidelines and complete the online application, available starting January 4.

Art Alive Floral Design Committee

David Root 
Nancy Hagen Baldwin 
Valli Reed
Art Alive Member's Choice Saturday Second Place Floral Interpretation by Kristine Sanchez

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How is the art selected for Art Alive?

The Museum’s registrar team is responsible for choosing the works of art available for interpretation. Only pieces from the Museum’s permanent collection are used.

Why does the Museum make restrictions on materials and arrangements size, and provide a table?

The Museum prohibits certain materials that may harbor insects destructive to our works of art. The height and width restrictions on all floral arrangements are also to ensure safe spacing to avoid any damage to artwork in case an arrangement is knocked or spills over.

Why does the Museum need a detailed sketch of my design and a list of materials?

The Museum docents are provided with bound catalogues of your worksheets to share with the public. In addition, should the Museum Exhibitions staff have any concerns or questions regarding your design or materials proposed, there is enough time to make adjustments prior to your installation.

What if my final design is different than my submitted worksheet?

Your design must match your arrangement for final approval on Installation Day. Docents will be on hand during installation to make edits on your worksheet to reflect minor changes in materials or construction. Please know that you are to adhere to all specifications. Failure to comply with these guidelines will result in alteration or removal.

What if I cannot call in during my selection time slot on Selection Day?

You may appoint a “proxy” to make your selection. The selection that your proxy makes on your behalf is binding.

May I come before Art Alive to look at my selected work of art?

Yes. Designers will be able to enter the Museum as needed by providing their names to the Visitor Services team on duty.

What if I cannot refresh my arrangement?

For safety and crowd control, we can only allow designers to bring water or materials into the Museum galleries during non-public hours. You will not be allowed to come at any other time to refresh your arrangement, and unsightly or dry arrangements may be removed by Museum staff.

How do I become a Legacy Designer?

Legacy Designer is a special title given to Floral Designers who have gone above and beyond in supporting Art Alive by participating in the event for 20 years and more. The Floral Design Selection Committee makes the final decision as to who will be listed as a Legacy Designer.

What is the Member’s Choice Award?

At our Member’s Preview on Friday from 8:00 a.m.-noon, Museum members will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite arrangement. Guest passes are not valid for this event.

Do I need to use my guest passes to gain entrance to the Museum during Art Alive?

No. You will be given a special badge to wear throughout Art Alive weekend. This provides you admission for refreshing your arrangement, admission during public hours, and entry for the Members’ Previews. The guest passes are yours to distribute to friends, family, or colleagues. Please note, however, that guest passes are not valid during the Members’ Preview.

Where is the best place to park and drop off my floral arrangement?

Please park in any of the public parking lots in Balboa Park.


Two drop-off locations will be available for floral designers at the loading zones in front of the Mingei Museum and the Balboa Park Visitor Center. Due to construction in Balboa Park, we will not have a load-in area at the back of the Museum.