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The Muses of the California Science Center Foundation
Mission Statement

THE MUSES support and promote the California Science Center Foundation and its education programs for youth.

We Support

THE MUSES support the educational programs at the California Science Center. Our video says it all!

California State Science Fair

The annual California State Science Fair recognizes the achievements of 1,000 middle and high school students who win top honors at their county and regional science fairs to qualify for this statewide competition. THE MUSES contribute funding to help underwrite items such as the awards ceremonies and photography, and also volunteer time at this two-day event.

Community Youth Programs

Community Youth Programs offer science enrichment opportunities: Curator Kids Club for ages 11-13; and the Community Teen Program for ages 15-17. THE MUSES' financial investment and volunteer participation during field trips, interview workshops and family celebrations help strengthen the science literacy of deserving local youth.

Hands-On Science Camp

THE MUSES fund scholarships which provide pre-K through 8th grade children from low-income families with the opportunity to participate in hands-on science classes at the California Science Center during the summer.

Woman of the Year Fundraiser

THE MUSES 2014 Woman of the Year Gwynne Shotwell, President and COO of SpaceX, shared distinguished career experiences with moderator Val Zavala, KCET Vice President of News and Public Affairs at the California Club on March 26, 2014.

Shotwell joined SpaceX as its seventh employee in 2002, soon after the company was founded. It currently has over 3,000 employees. Founded by Elon Musk, SpaceX is one of the most innovative companies in the country and the first private company in history to successfully deliver cargo both to and from the International Space Station. SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches the world's most advanced rockets and spacecraft with the goal of ultimately making it possible for people to live on other planets. Among Ms. Shotwell’s many responsibilities is managing day-to-day operations as well as managing customer and strategic relations to support company growth.

The annual Woman of the Year luncheon is the major fundraiser that allows THE MUSES to support youth education programs at the California Science Center. Each year this event honors a woman or women who have made outstanding contributions in the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

See a list of former honorees.


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Join Us

Join us as a member of THE MUSES to support youth education experiences in the fields of science, math and technology at the California Science Center. THE MUSES hold meetings, programs or activities from September through June and raise funds for our three key programs described above.

Membership Requirements

  1. Annual dues paid within sixty days from the beginning of the fiscal year (July 1).
  2. Membership with the California Science Center, in addition to THE MUSES membership.
  3. Purchase one ticket, or make an equivalent donation, for the major fundraising event of the year.

Click here to download an enrollment form.

For more information, please contact Abel Contreraz at (213) 744-2035 or [email protected].