HEARD MUSEUM

Rating: 5 stars   19 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 2301 N. Central Ave. Phoenix AZ 85004 USA

Mission: The mission of the Heard Museum is to educate the public about the heritage, living cultures and art of Native people, with an emphasis on the people of the Southwest.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This nonprofit is the only Museum dedicated to the art, culture, and history of Native Americans in the Southwest. Approximately 1/3 of the Museum is dedicated to the art, culture, and art of the Native Americans of the Southwest. The balance of the Museum's space id dedicated gallery space for the showing of the past and current art of Native Americans throughout the U.S. including Alaska and Hawaii. It is the only in the U.S. that dedicates gallery space for these artists. Additionally there is a strong component of the Museum's mission to educate visitors as well as school children who come as part of their school curriculum. The Museum is a very popular field trip for young children as well as primary school up and through college. I personally guide many school groups throughout the year as well as adults both as part of public tours and specific private adult tours that arrange for a guide through the Museum's scheduler. European tourists to the U.S. are frequent and very interested in this part of our history.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Adults visiting AZ regularly say it is one of the most memorable experiences they have had while visiting AZ. and the U.S. It is also an important component of the curriculum of school children. Comments are always extremely favorable.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wish there as more money in the budget for hnds on materials for the children visiting the Museum during the school year as well as the special program for children and families during the summer.

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11 people found this review helpful

I decide to become a guide at the Heard Museum when my husband and I retired to Phoenix. I had visited the Heard on a vacation visit to Phoenix and had found it to be the most interesting Museum in Phoenix. I was also impressed by the knowledge of the docent whose tour we took. The one year class to become a guide was very interesting and challenging. It was an entirely new part of American history than I had previously been exposed to. Needless to say, I learned a lot. However the quality of the guides is high because of the demands of the course and the requirement of continuing education. Every training session for each new exhibit is first rate. There are guides who specialize in teaching other guides to be comfortable with the new material. They also provide learning sessions for those who cannot attend the formal sessions. In addition, all guides are evaluated every two years. I have found that the guides at the Heard do not need to be prompted to learn. They all tend to be life long learners and very committed to being the best they can be. All this adds to the quality of the experience for visitors to the Museum. I especially enjoy touring school tours of every age. For some children it is their first exposure to a Museum. The Heard Museum remains committed to being an educational experience for all children at all levels. It is the only Museum in the country that dedicates gallery space for the art of Native American Contemporary artists. I feel that this is an important function of the museum because the public sees that Native American art and culture is continuing through the work of Native American contemporary artists. That art, at times combines traditional themes in a contemporary and other times stands alone as American Contemporary Art with little or no reference to the artist's genealogy. These exhibits are often the favorites of older children especially those of Native American ancestry. The Museum is also committed to employing Native Americans at every level, and every job description. Native Americans serve on the Board of Directors of the Museum. I is truly a special place and a jewel of Phoenix. It is certainly a special place for me. I feel the Museum and the people involved, both the volunteers and the staff have given me a great experience, and I hope that I will be able to continue to give my time and energy to this institution for many more years.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

of ver high quality and committment

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Put on more new exhibits

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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8 people found this review helpful

I have been a volunteer and participant in the wonderful learning opportunities at the Heard Museum for over 10 years. I have learned so much about the history, culture and life of Native Americans of the southwest. I have had opportunities to travel a variety of native communities of the southwest....and learned so much.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the enthusiasm and knowledge of the many well informed volunteers who are able to provide wonderful learning experiences.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

every time I go there I learn something very informative about native history, art, culture and the wonderful people of the southwest.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very informative, dedicated and enthusiastic about what they do. They take great pride in the museum.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

continue to develop rich opportunities for the public to learn about the history, culture and arts of Native Americans in the southwest. It could continue developing ways to attract people living and visiting the Phoenix area to visit this gem.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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4 people found this review helpful

In addition to being the finest Native American Art Museum in the country, the Heard Museum has the most dedicated and passionate group of volunteers (over 600) I have encountered in my life of volunteering. As a docent, I have been educated on the history and culture of Native America far beyond what my American History classes taught me in the '50's. The museum is on the itinerary of world travelers and it is my pleasure and privilege as a docent to welcome them to our world-class collection of American Indian art.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the lasting friendships made after retiring to AZ from the eastern US.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

give it to Education, Marketing and Expansion in that order.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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6 people found this review helpful

My husband and I first visited the Heard Museum about 20 years ago when we resided in northern CA. We were so impressed we joined as members and continue to support the Museum. When we relocated to Arizona we continued to attend the events including the Book Sale in January; Hoop Dancing in February; Indian Market in March; as well as assorted activities and lectures. I joined the Guild in 2004 and now volunteer as often as I can in the Heard Museum North shop. The Heard Museum is truly one of Arizona's treasures and enjoyed by visitors and residents alike all year long!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Volunteering as a member of the Heard Museum Guild

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Meeting the artists at the Indian Market and other activities throughout the year

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Friendly and very dedicated

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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6 people found this review helpful

The Heard was, is, and will always be one of the finest museums in the world. The HOME exhibit is one of their finest...the sheer artistry of the collections on display and information given plus passionate tour guides make it an "absolutely do not miss" experience. The museum setting is peaceful, calming, and beautiful. The addition of the cafe is a plus.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the sheer passion of its volunteers and their ability to make everyone feel welcome at this museum!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

more on-site artists working in their medium.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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2 people found this review helpful

I joined the Heard Guild in order to volunteer after my interest in Native Americans was heightened through a trip with Heard to Navajo and Hopi lands. This was followed by a course at the Heard and I knew I wanted to learn more. By volunteering in their museum shop I began to learn about the arts and crafts of Native Americans. I greatly enjoy working at their marvelous Indian Fair and Market which is an enormous market having 350 juried exhibitors.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing how the Museum has fostered the growth and support for present day artistic work of Native Americans. Their support of students and others working in the field is vital to maintaining the culture and art of Native Americans

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I have enjoyed meeting Museum visitors from all over the world and finding their interest in the arts and crafts of Native Americans

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

A wonderful group of people work at the Heard both as staff and volunteers. Folks are really devoted to the mission and goals of the Museum.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

It could greatly strengthen its work with Native Americans - and it could maintain a healthy endowment fund for the support of future generations in continuing the culture of Native Americans

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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5 people found this review helpful

I came to the museumn as a visitor, and stayed to become a volunteer becsuse it is a joy to learn about different cultures, histories and arts. Doing this at the Heard Museum in Phoenix was beyond expectations as the museum itself is so beautiful and inspirational; the collections are intriguing, and displayed to tell the story of the Southwest Indian peoples. To further enhance the experience of the visitor the goal of staff and the volunteers, Indian and non Indian alike, is to be to make the visitor welcome to explore and ask questions, and to gain an enriched perspective of history and of peoples.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

personal growth and understanding of how cultures different from my own, impact my world.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Meeting and becoming close friends with people from all walks of life who share common interests.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

just great!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

1. Produce a recorded self guided tour for those who miss scheduled guided tours. 2. A computerized catalogue available to the public to see if an an item is owned by by the museum, if it is displayed, and if so, where it can be seen in the museum.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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7 people found this review helpful

I wanted to learn about Indians in the Southwest, and, boy, did I ever! I became a docent, sharing some of this knowledge with peipe from everywhere in the world. I volunteered for nearly every event that the Museum and/or the Guild set up in some way. I made lots of friends, laughing and working our way at the Museum. iI feel like I truly make a difference as a volunteer, to the Museum staff and to other Guild members.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the excitement of the people who enter the Museum, and the Native Americans who appreciate the fact that people are learning about the contributions that Native Americans have made to to the world over the years.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the friendships I've made with fellow volunteers, the staff, but especially with Native Americans

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

generous with their time, and committed to making the story of the Native Americans heard to all who will listen.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

add to its collection in a thoughtful manner, enlarge the Cafe, enlarge the parking lot.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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6 people found this review helpful

When I retired from medicine, my wife and I became volunteers at the Heard Museum. We joined the museum guild, became Las Guias members (docents),and do other volunteer activities including participation in the annual Spring Fair, and working in the Museum Shop. We contribute financially. We have taken advantage of a magnificient education about the Southwest Indians, their art, history and culture. Through our activities and those of the many other volunteers, we can help educate visitors and create good will toward the Heard Museum. This has been possible because of the professional staff and the passionate Heard Guild members who so selfishly give their time and talents. The Heard Museum is top notch nonprofit organization that I would recommend to anyone who wants to make a difference by volunteering.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my education about and passion for American Indian art

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

making a difference

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

outstanding

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

(1)create a fund to provide for charitable gift annuities, thereby creating more capital for ongoing operations. (2)increase the underpaid staff and continue to look for talented staff members

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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