Las Guias Program

Introduction

Often, the principal contact between the Heard Museum and the visiting public is provided by a corps of trained and accredited guides called Las Guias (Spanish for guides). This group of dedicated volunteers extends hospitality, provides interpretation of exhibits and programs and, in a warm and personal way, implements the official mission of the museum, ”to educate visitors and promote greater public understanding of the art, heritage, and life ways of the indigenous peoples of the Americas, with an emphasis on American Indian tribes and other cultures of the Southwest..”

Any member of the Heard Museum Guild may join Las Guias. To become a guide, the student must complete the basic training course of 96 hours and demonstrate effective guiding performance in the museum galleries.

The Las Guias training course begins each fall in October under the sponsorship of the Heard Museum Guild working closely with the professional staff of the museum’s Education Department. There is no prerequisite beyond interest, but a fee is charged. A commitment is required of at least two years of guide service with a minimum of 30 tours per year (two scheduled half-days per month, June through May).

In order to be a member of Las Guias, every guide must become a Heard Museum member and a Guild member.

Where do I start?

Guild Members Contact the Education Chair at edcoordinator@heardguild.org for complete information.

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