Happening Now

September 14, 2021

President’s Message

Dear Guild Members,

Welcome to September and the “official” start of the Guild year. As you read on, you will notice that our first Guild meeting has been moved to Tuesday, September 21st at 10:00.  The meeting will be held “live” and located in Steele Auditorium.  Social distancing protocols will be in place.  We have been informed that attendees may bring their own drinks and snacks into the Auditorium. No food or drink will be served at the meeting. Masks must be worn at all times, other than when eating or drinking.

Since April of 2020, a hundred years ago, the Museum and the Guild have maintained the support of its many members.  COVID-19 threw us a curveball, but we adapted to it with grace and fortitude.  Now, we take what we have learned and move forward into a new year, recognizing that we can only control so much.  If the last year and a half has taught us anything it is that we are resilient. I hope that we can count on your support and involvement in the year to come.

The 2021-2022 Board members are listed at the end of Happening Now.  You will notice several new members. I want to thank these individuals for stepping up and sharing their leadership skills with the Guild.  I also want to thank those Board members who will be continuing in their positions.

We are still looking for a Technology Chair.  The job description is posted on the Guild website.  Please consider this role and contact me if you have any questions at president@heardguild.org.

My best,

Jane F. Przeslica

Important!  Date Change for September Guild Meeting

Important!  Date Change for September Guild Meeting

Mark your calendars for our first meeting of the 2021/2022 Guild year, Tuesday, September 21st at 10:00.  The meeting will be held in Steele Auditorium.  We are looking forward to connecting in-person with all of you. Speaker details to follow.

Until further notice, we will not be serving refreshments at our meetings. However, the Cantina will be open.

Reta Severtson’s Passing

Very sad news…Our dear friend Reta Severtson died early this morning. Reta was not only a wonderful guide but also an extraordinary Heard Museum volunteer.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Reta’s family…She will be missed…

If you wish to send condolences to Reta’s family, you may do so at the following address.  Her children are Rene Severtson and Eric Severtson.  Condolences are being received at:

Rene Severtson
PO Box 257
Mesa, AZ 85211


A Message from A.J. Gulley/Heard Museum Chief of Security

As a reminder, the carpool parking at the Museum is reserved for people carpooling. Thank you for your cooperation.

Updated Museum Safety Protocols

Dear Heard Museum Team,

We are closely monitoring COVID-related developments and, as always, prioritizing the safety of our staff, volunteers, members, and visitors. Towards this end, we are updating the museum’s policy to strongly encourage all visitors to wear a mask in public spaces, regardless of vaccination status. We will also resume offering PPE to our guests as they enter the Admissions lobby. This change in policy will appear on the Heard’s website and on signage in the Admissions lobby. No other changes to safety protocols are in effect currently.

We encourage all employees to obtain a vaccine, unless there is a medical issue that prevents you from getting a vaccine.  “Masks” are still required for all employees and volunteers in public indoor spaces and administrative common areas. If you have any questions regarding safety protocols, please speak to John Bulla.

I understand that this might feel like a setback in our recovery. I sometimes have moments of deep frustration and fatigue stemming from the pandemic and imagine that some of you share these feelings. But the most important thing we can do right now is take care of ourselves and each other. I am in awe of the remarkable ways the team has met the challenges of the last 15 months and remain confident in the Heard Museum’s bright future.

Best wishes,
David Roche

Moondance 2021

The Heard Museum’s largest annual fundraising event, Moondance, will take place on Saturday, October 23 at the Heard. Moondance guests will be the very first to see the newest Grand Gallery exhibition, Remembering the Future: 100 Years of Inspiring Art. They will also enjoy dinner, dancing, a silent auction, and a celebration of honorees Mary Ellen & Bob McKee and jewelry artist Denise Wallace (Chugach Sugpiaq/Alutiiq).

To buy tickets or for more information about sponsorship opportunities and the silent auction, please visit www.heard.org/moondance or contact Jack at JSchwimmer@heard.org or 602.251.0245.

Exclusive to Guild Members-Jewelry Demonstration by Ray Tracey

The Heard Shop and the Guild have booked Steele Auditorium for Friday, October 15, 2021, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM for artist Ray Tracey to conduct a jewelry demonstration. This is open to all Guild Members.  Ray will be creating two sterling silver feather pendants that will be raffled off to attendees at the end of the event.

The auditorium has been reserved for 50 guests, but it can accommodate up to 100 if necessary.  For those of you who do not know him, Ray is an actor, jeweler, and truly entertaining and talented Navajo artist.  He is as much a storyteller as a jeweler, so we are excited for the entertaining dialogue that is likely to occur during this event. There will be a Q & A so attendees can ask questions and get to know Ray and his work better.  Ray will be selling his jewelry in the Museum Shop in March, 2022, for Indian Market, so attendees can look forward to seeing him again in the spring.

RSVP by October 12th to Alexis Cosca @  2alexishill@gmail.com or call 602-578-9780.

Wanted: Shop Volunteers

The Heard Museum 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 Alexis Cosca @ 2alexishill@gmail.com or call 602-578-9780 if interested.

Home: Native Peoples in the Southwest Short Course

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Thursdays November 4, 11 & 18, 2021
Location: Heard Museum – Monte Vista Room
Instructor: Linda Hefter (hefteraz@cox.net)
Facilitator: Susan Sherbocker (sjsherb11@gmail.com)
Short Course Fee: $45

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 November 18 will also include an introduction to the Native American Fine Art Movement and the Native American Renaissance in Literature.

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.


To register email Short Course Facilitator Susan Sherbocker at sjsherb11@gmail.com.

To register & pay online on the Heard Guild Website Click on Link:

Registration Open for 2021-2022 Docent Training Program

Museum Guides (Las Guias)

If you are interested in the history, culture, and creative expression of American Indian artists…
If you support the mission of the Heard Museum to be the world’s preeminent museum for the presentation, interpretation and advancement of American Indian art…
And, if you are interested in sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm with visitors from throughout the United States and around the world, consider becoming a docent at the Heard Museum.

The Las Guias Docent Training Class

The comprehensive training program begins on the first Tuesday of October and continues every Tuesday through April. Class time is 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Students gain a thorough knowledge of the history, culture and art of the American Indians of the Southwest and learn how to share that knowledge with visitors.
Upon graduation, the new docents become members of Las Guias (Spanish for The Guides). Las Guias members are required to conduct tours at the Museum at least two half days per month and take continuing education classes on new exhibits.
How to Register?
To submit an application you must be a Heard Museum member and Heard Guild member:
Heard Museum membership – Sign up online at www.heard.org.
Heard Guild membership – Sign up at www.heardguild.org.
For the Application to the Las Guias training class, click here.
To pay the class fee online with a credit card, click here.
See Application for more information and class details. Deadline for submitting an application is Sept. 17.
Questions? Contact the Las Guias Class Facilitator at lasguiasfacilitator@heardguild.org.