The original exhibition sought to provide a visually dynamic and newsworthy narrative of the true-to-life discovery of this modern-day treasure uncovered in Sedona, Arizona. With Arizona State University alumni, subject experts, and professionally trained speakers
Flying Over Time is a non-profit organization that has been run by nearly a hundred volunteers over the years. Our diverse team includes individuals from different religious backgrounds and groups, all working together towards expanding storytelling and uniting art and science through the lens of history. We strive to promote STEM and the humanities while also encouraging girls and at-risk youth to explore innovative and technical fields.
Our traveling exhibition, which is a retelling of the story of discovery, technology, history, and art through the designer of the Spirit of St. Louis and the team that crafted it in just 60 days, has been a labor of love for everyone involved.
Nova Hall, our Chairman and President, began his journey during his bachelor’s degree program in the New Collage at Arizona State University. His mentor and friend, Professor Leandro Soto (master painter), challenged him to paint from a different and deeply personal direction: the discovery of his Grandfather’s lost history. After those initial college classes, the Spirit and Creator book which was first published in 2002, developed into a collection of art, theater, and digital immersion exhibitions.
ASU proposed sponsoring the organization into a full 501-C3 educational charity, and with the certification of the Arizona Non-profit as tax-exempt, the book: Spirit and Creator: The Man Behind Lindbergh’s Flight to Paris became a personal history of Donald A. Hall, the builder of the Spirit of St. Louis. Leandro Soto directly gifted the name of the organization, and Dean Monica Casper (UCSD) sponsored it. She acted as the organization’s first Chair during her time as assistant Dean at ASU, AZ. With ASU’s financial and institutional support, plus local donors like David Frazer, three additional evolutions of the exhibition were developed, which have been held at 10+ locations around Arizona. These events were multifunctional traveling exhibitions with digital and immersive components for putting the “A” in STEAM.
ASU was also the 501-c-3 sponsor for our organization, and we are grateful for their support. We also have a dedicated and hardworking staff, including Pace Ellsworth (VP Development and Technology), Dawn Nave (coordinator), Juleene Farr (Chief Experiences Officer), Matt Ellsworth (Director of Mbuyu Project), Nova Hall (Chairman/President), and more. We also have an unpaid Board of Directors who have contributed significantly to our mission.
We are proud to announce that our painting “The Team,” a mixed media and collage piece with an appraised value of $18,000, has been accepted into the permanent collection of the West Valley Art Museum in Peoria City Hall, Arizona. The unveiling date for this exhibit is yet to be determined, but we look forward to sharing it with the public in 2023. We encourage everyone to attend this event and experience firsthand the inspiring work of Flying Over Time.
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