Happening Now


July 18, 2022

President’s Message

Welcome to  a special summer issue of the Happening Now publication presenting a quick review of the latest Guild news as well as several important announcements from the other Board members.

We recently reported the passing of Rusty Hale, David Newark and Elinor Rothberg. They were all truly wonderful people and did so much for the Heard Guild. They will be missed by all of us. Please be aware that we honor the requests of the family in regards to any services or memorials in their honor. Unfortunately, we are not always notified by the family of their deaths. Any donations to the Guild in their memory should be sent to the Guild Treasurer.

We announced that the Heard Museum has accepted the responsibility for the Indian Fair & Market Artists Exhibitors chair and appointed Marcus Monenerkit to mange this function with continuing volunteer support from the Guild.

We are happy to announce that the Guild Board’s new Secretary is Robby Buchanan. She is replacing Connie Thornton who resigned for personal reasons.  (Note: Per the Guild By-Laws, if there is a vacancy of elected officers, the Guild Board shall fill the vacancy.)   Robby is a long time member of the Guild. She has been involved with many Guild committees, including being the Coordinator for Judges for the Indian Fair & Market Juried Competition for the past five years.

New programs are being developed for the upcoming year to enhance the learning experiences for our members. Guild Presents, for example, will be a monthly program from October thru March that will include a special four program series: Indigenous Visions, Marquee Artists.

Enjoy the rest of your summer, I’m looking forward to seeing you at the the Welcome Back Guild meeting on Sept 21, 2022.

John Miller

New Secretary for the Heard Museum Guild

Please join us in welcoming Robby Buchanan as the new secretary of the Heard Museum Guild for the 2022-2023 Guild year.

Robby was selected by the HMG nominating committee and approved unanimously by the HMG Board.

Welcome Robby!

Robby’s Bio can be found Here.

Renew Membership in the Heard Guild

I am sending the Guild members who have renewed their membership a huge thanks! We always would like your dues renewal sooner than later! We hope we can count on your continued support!

This is also a reminder to please renew your membership over the summer, whether you are paying annually at $40, or Life Membership at $350. To date, there are 61 Guild members who have not yet renewed their membership, although I am certain that many of you are waiting to pay your dues at the September meeting.

You can pay on-line at our website, www.heardguild.org or send a check made payable to The Heard Museum Guild Treasurer, 2301 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004. Please remember that your membership in the Heard Museum must be current in order to become or remain a Guild member.

For all the new members, I will contact you in the fall about a new member orientation.

I am happy to answer any question you might have about membership in the Guild. Please contact me, Carol Seidberg at membership@heardguild.org

What a Fun Volunteer Request from The Heard

Jelly Fish you will help make .

July’s Saturday event, (7/30,) focuses on screening the film, Finding Nemo, dubbed in Navajo with English subtitles. In addition to screening the film and welcoming Crystal Littleben, former Miss Navajo Nation, to be a language ambassador at the event., we will also have a jellyfish-making activity station, a language practice room, and a “Journey Through the Heard Museum” gallery activity.

It would be fabulous to have the support of Guild Volunteers at the Jellyfish Activity and Language Practice stations.

The language practice will be inside of It’s Your Turn Activity Gallery, and the jellyfish-making will be in the hallway between It’s Your Turn and the Nichols Sculpture Garden.

Per feedback from our last event, I think having shorter shifts would be best. It would be great to have 2 volunteers per shift.

Thank you, Lucia Leigh Laughlin (she/her/hers) | Youth & Family Engagement Manager

Available Shifts:


To Volunteer, contact me and let me know what shift(s) you want to do. communicationchair@heardguild.org

You Don’t Want to Miss This Free Event:Heard Guild Presents: Colorado Plateau Exploration

Join fellow Guild members and bring your family and friends for a free Heard Guild Presents showcasing breathtaking images of the beautiful terrain in the northern edge of our state.

Thursday, July 28, 2022
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Steele Auditorium


Please join us for an exciting exploration of a little known area of Arizona.

The northern edge of our state, encompassing Marble Canyon, the Vermillion Cliffs and Paria Plateau, is one of the most extraordinary places in the western hemisphere.

View stunning images of this beautiful terrain and the impact man and climate have had on it, as we explore our natural history including traces of the Native Americans, early Mormon history, ranching and wildlife.

RSVP: Shelley Mowry and Anita Hicks at heardguildpresents@heardguild.org

This program is free of charge and open to the public.  Bring interested friends and family.

Presented by David Mowry, Outdoor enthusiast, former member of a mountain rescue team and formerAssistant Director of public works for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

Explore an area that is little known to the majority of Arizona residents.This area of northern Arizona encompassing Marble Canyon, Vermilion Cliffs, and Paria Plateau.

We will explore the natural history including traces of Native Americans, ranching, wildlife, and early Morman history all highlighted in spectacular landscapes.

RSVP: Shelley Mowry and Anita Hicks at heardguildpresents@heardguild.org

Student Art Looking to 2023!

First of all–a big thank you to all the Guild people and friends of Student Art who helped to make the Youth Art Show and Sale (YASS) a success in it first reiteration as a part of the Indian Fair and Market.  Our sales were equal to past years even though many of our traditionally participating schools were not able to send us art.  We are certain that this will grow in 2023 due to the fact that the schools will be able to spend more days in session.  This past year, many schools still missed more then a third of the school year due to Covid and its lasting impact.

We were able to increase our prize money due to the generosity of Guild member Betty Van Denburgh.  Betty had been a supporter of the Fair’s Youth Division giving $5,000 to the Youth Art Division.  Since this award was discontinued when the Student Art Show and Sale was changed to YASS, Betty enabled us to increase our top prizes to $500 each for the top three prizes and at all levels.  We thank her for her generosity and support.

We hope you will be able to continue to support the Student Art Program as a part of the Fair in 2023.  We will be reducing the number of days for Receiving, which will start on Friday, Feb 24, 2023 and end on Monday, Feb 27.  Judging will be March 1st and Sales will be on Sat. March 4th and Sun. March 5th.  If you can help with any of these jobs, it is not too early to volunteer!  We are happy to announce that Kathie McIssacs and Kerry Jo Hanstein will co-chair the Youth Art Show & Sale this coming year.

We are also introducing five new SA notecards this fall and hope you will continue to support the program through your purchases.

In part due to notecard sales, we are working now to select interns (8-10) who will work with Heard staff in Education during the coming year.  We are branching out to include interns in the Shop and Library.  The Internship program replaced the Scholarship program several years ago and we have funded about a dozen Native students.  Some of them have gone on to permanent jobs at the Heard.

If you love this program as much as we do,  please know that we need packers and sales people at Guild meetings and would welcome your participation! Contact: studentart@heardguild.org

Thank you, thank you, thank you! From Sue Snyder and Stephany Madsen, Co-coordinators Student Art.

Surround Yourself With Beautiful Indian Art Creations:
Become a Museum Shop Volunteer

The Heard Shop has openings for volunteers that have a basic familiarity with American Indian art and a passion to sell the beautiful things that are created by our exceptional Indian artists!  Having prior retail sales is a plus!
Please contact
Alexsis Cosca @ 2alexishill@gmail.com or call 602-578-9780 if interested.

One of the Guild’s Most Rewarding Volunteer Opportunities is Coming this Fall: Join Our Exciting New Fall Las Guias (Docents) Class

The fall 2022 Las Guias (guides) class is forming now, with formal classes beginning in October.  This is a great opportunity to join a dedicated group of Guild members who provide interpretation of exhibits and programs and implement the official mission of the Museum. The Las Guias become the face of the Heard Museum.

Any Guild member may join the class.  For more information or to enroll in the fall class, you may email edcoordinator@heardguild.org or go to the Heard Guild website, heardguild.org which provides further information about the class, including responsibilities and fees.

I am Interested Where do I Start?

You must be a member of both the Heard Museum and the Guild to join Las Guias. For further information about the class, including responsibilities and fees, click here. For the application to the docent training class, click here. To pay the fee online with a credit card, click here.

For complete information, please contact the Education Chair at edcoordinator@heardguild.org.

Be the First to Welcome our Visitors: Volunteer for the Information Desk, Pick Your Own Shifts

The Information Desk is looking for more volunteers.  Do you know someone who might be interested?  It’s a great entry to volunteering at the museum. There is a 1 hour training session. You need to become familiar with the layout of the museum and be happy to help answer basic questions from the visitors (what are the current exhibits, and where are they).  You can also pick your own shifts.  Call or email Jane Sanford if interested – 602.363.8994 or email:museumservices@heardguild.org

Heard Museum Library Is Open

The Heard Library reopened to volunteers, members and the public on July 5. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. No need for an appointment, just stop by. If you are looking for a particular item from the archive collection, the new librarian Emma Stoltenberg recommends making an appointment or contacting her by email in advance so items of interest can be pulled before you arrive. If you have questions or would like to make an appointment, email at Emma at estoltenberg@heard.orgTo learn more about the Heard Museum Library and its many resources visit https://heard.org/library/ .

Heard Guild Explores Coming

Coming soon to Heard Explores is a tour with a view and air conditioning.  We’re putting together a tour and lunch of the Wrigley Mansion.  Details will follow in late July and tour will be in mid to late August.  So watch for details.

Heard Museum Guild 2022 Short Course… Home: Native Peoples in the Southwest

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Tuesdays September 27, October 4 & October 11, 2022
Location: Monte Vista Room, Heard Museum
Instructor: Linda Hefter, Heard Museum Senior Docent
Facilitator: Jackie Stubbs
Short Course Fee: $45
Register Here

Come meet the peoples who have lived and thrived in the Southwest from Prehistoric to Current times. The three-part course will include an exciting overview of the land, culture and history of both the ancient peoples of the Southwest and the federally recognized tribes and pueblos who call Arizona and New Mexico home today.

Session Three on October 11 will also include an introduction to the American Indian Fine Art Movement.

Each of the three sessions will conclude with a 30 to 40 minute tour of the Heard Museum exhibits and sculpture. Whether you have lived in the desert for years or are new to the Southwest, don’t miss this opportunity to deepen your understanding and appreciation of this special place we all call Home.

For more information email Jackie Stubbs at edcoordinator@heardguild.org.

Register Here

Heard Happenings

Museum Exhibit Update

Substance of Stars Opens November 6 The Heard’s new Signature Exhibition, Substance of Stars, opens November 6, 2022. This multi-sensory experience shares the creation stories that form the foundational knowledge systems and inspire artistic production for the Haudenosaunee, Yup’ik, Diné, and Akimel O’otham. Substance of Stars will combine historic and contemporary works with immersive digital technologies to showcase the cosmological and spiritual practices of each community. For details about Substance of Stars click on link to read the June 27 press release about this exciting new exhibit – https://heard.org/home/wp-content/ uploads/2022/07/Substance-of-Stars-Press-Release.pdf

Remembering the Future: 100 Years of Inspiring Art Through November 8, 2022 – Note this is a new closing date

Southwest Silverwork, 1850-1940 Through December 31, 2022 – Note this a new closing date

Between the Lines: Art from the No Horse Ledger Book Through March 23, 2023

Grand Procession: Contemporary Plains Indian Dolls From the Charles and Valerie Diker Collection – Ongoing Note: Charles and Valerie Diker plan to donate the 23 soft sculpture beaded dolls on display in Grand Procession to the Heard Museum. To learn more about the donation and the the dolls click on the link  https://heard.org/home/wpcontent/uploads/2022/04/Heard-Museum-Diker-Contemporary-GiftAnnouncement.pdf

▶︎He’e Nalu: The Art and Legacy of Hawaiian Surfing Opens January 6, 2023 Guest curator is Carolyn Kuali’l working with Heard curator Velma Craig

Virtual Art Talk: Creator of the Photomosaic® Robert Silvers and Barry Goldwater’s Native Art Collection

Wednesday, July 27
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Cost: Free

Free Summer Saturdays: Navajo Finding Nemo

Saturday, July 30
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Heard Museum Campus

Museum and activities will be open and free of charge to everyone from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Navajo Finding Nemo will be playing all day long. Sea you at the Heard!


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