February 26, 2010
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?
MY ROLE:Volunteer & I am a docent.