The owner of a real estate firm in Nichols Hill, Oklahoma, Lew McGinnis has been investing in residential properties for more than 55 years. In addition to his nationwide property investments, Lew McGinnis was an original founder and president of the Kino School.
A Catholic school that serves students from primary to high school, the Kino School (formerly the Kino Learning Center) is located on First Avenue in Tucson, Arizona. As part of its dedication to “individualized educational programming” and the “basic values of progressive education,” the school offers a range of educational field trips and community apprentice work.
The Kino School is intent on regarding the wider world as an extension of the classroom. In addition to traditional school outings, such as visiting various museums, Kino offers extended field trips to engage students in activities, such as studying marine biology and camping and hiking throughout the western United States.
These activities are an integral part of the school curriculum and serve as valuable educational tools. School leaders also use them to hone students’ sense of responsibility and to stress the importance of taking an active role in the community at large.
Real estate investor and entrepreneur Lew McGinnis is the owner of a real estate investment firm located in Nichols Hills, Oklahoma. Over the years, Lew McGinnis has also held leadership roles with a number of art and cultural institutions, including Arizona Opera, which he served as director.
Currently in its 44th season, Arizona Opera produces a wide variety of opera, collaborative programs, and concerts in locations across the United States. Arizona Opera offers such community programs as the Sister Cities Festival, which showcases the unique cultural offerings of Arizona’s sister cities across the globe. In the same vein, Arizona Opera explores Western art at the Western Cultural Festival, which takes place in locations throughout Arizona.
Outside of its festivals, Arizona Opera encourages community members to remain in the theater after performances and interact with the cast and creative teams behind its productions. Community members can also receive a behind-the-scenes look at productions through a free lecture and music series at the Kerr Cultural Center and attend pre-performance lectures at Arizona Opera’s Phoenix and Tucson locations.
Arizona Sonora Desert Museum
Lew McGinnis is based in Nichols Hill, Oklahoma, and is the owner of a capital investments firm. A lifelong entrepreneur, Lew McGinnis also has served as director of the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Foundation. The collections at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum (ASDM) are meant to inspire people to live in harmony with the natural world.
The exhibits at ASDM are designed to simulate natural habitats and present the intermingling of plants, animals, and geology. The animals on display are native to the Sonoran Desert region and consist of 106 mammals, 241 birds, 361 reptiles, 122 amphibians, 10,700 fish, and 840 arthropods. The ASDM also exhibits 40,000 plants from 1,300 different species. Additionally, visitors can see 14,095 specimens of gems, minerals, and fossils, including the first and only noteworthy dinosaur skeleton found in Southern Arizona.
Some of the plant and animal species exhibited at the ASDM are endangered or extremely rare. The museum aims to educate visitors regarding the conditions of natural habitats that may now be devoid of certain plants and animals.