What are the benefits of being a Guild member?
- Do you want to volunteer your time to benefit the Heard Museum, the nation’s premier institution of American Indian culture and arts? Do you want to help make the Museum a memorable experience for visitors? Do you enjoy the friendship of a diverse group of interesting and involved people? Do you want to encourage and support the next generation of American Indian artists? Do you want to enrich your own life with education and travel? These are just a few of the benefits of Guild membership. Visit the pages on our website to find out about the myriad of activities of the Guild.
Are there requirements for membership in the Guild?
- The only requirements are membership in the Heard Museum and your enthusiasm for meaningful service, education, and fun. To learn more about the benefits of being a member of the Heard Museum, call 602.251.0261 or visit the Museum’s website here. We don’t require a set number of service hours each year, but the Museum truly needs your time, talents, and enthusiasm. We hope you will roll up your sleeves and join the fun!
When and how can I join the Guild?
- You can join the Guild when you come to any of our monthly meetings, which are open to the public and held on the third Wednesday of September through April. The Membership Committee can take your application then. New memberships can also be processed by completing the sign-up form available at the Museum Guest Services desk in the Museum lobby. You can either complete the process with the admissions desk or mail the form and dues to the Heard Museum Guild Membership Committee, c/o Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004. Visit the Join Us page for more information.
How can I renew my dues? How much do I owe?
- Guild dues are payable on June 1 of each year, and the Membership Committee will contact you when it’s time to renew. Members who have not paid their dues by August 31 are considered inactive and will be removed from all Guild mailing lists and communcations, as well as from all work assignments. Annual dues are $25 for an active membership (for those who participate in Guild activities) or $35 for an associate membership (for those who may not participate). A name badge is $7. Click here to renew your dues online.
When are the Guild meetings? Who can attend?
- The monthly Guild meetings are open to the public, and we encourage you to attend. Meetings are held the third Wednesday of every month, September-April. Come at 9:30 a.m. to enjoy coffee and refreshments and socialize with Guild members, then stay for the speaker and the business meeting.
I work full-time, but would like to volunteer. What opportunities are available at the Heard Museum?
- The opportunities for meaningful volunteer work at the Heard encompass a range of activities and accommodate any schedule. Weekend work assignments include the Museum shop, bookstore, Information Desk, special events, and festivals, as well as leading tours of the exhibits or working as a Speakers Bureau presenter. In addition, some of our docents lead tours or present off-site presentations on weekday evenings. Visit our Volunteer Opportunities and Happening Now pages to get an idea of what’s available.
I’m interested in learning more about American Indians. Does the Guild have lectures or field trips to interesting places?
- The Guild has several programs aimed at continuing education for our members–it’s not just the visitors to the Museum who want to learn about American Indians. Visit the Learn With Us and the Travel With Us pages to get an idea of what the Guild has to offer.
How can I become a Museum docent?
- The Las Guias (Spanish for the Guides) training is a 7-month course with classes that meet one-half day every week. It’s fun and rewarding and in the end you join a group that can make each Museum visitor’s experience a memorable one. For more information, click here.
What are the advantages to traveling with the Guild instead of planning a trip on my own?
- The Guild’s trips are planned with a view to giving participants an experience that is equal parts education and fun. The tours are guided by experts in the arts, culture, or geography of the region, with tours of artists’ studios, visits to historical sites, and invitations to participate in community and cultural events that would not be possible to schedule on your own. There’s also time for good food, shopping, and sightseeing, and you travel with friends with similar interests. Visit the Travel With Us page for details about upcoming trips.