Indian Fair & Market FAQs

Q. Do you have a mailing list?

A. If you send us your email address and mailing address, you will receive all our notices.

Q. Why do I need a TPT tax license? Do I have to charge my customers sales tax?

A. Promoters of special events like the Indian Fair and Market are required by the State of Arizona to collect a list of participating vendors, their contact information, and their Transaction Privilege Tax license number.  All artists are requested to provide this information to the Guild prior to participating in the Indian Fair and Market.

Q. Why do you need a proof of my tribal enrollment?

A. In order to comply with the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990, the Heard Museum Guild must verify that all applicants comply with the requirements of the Indian Arts and Crafts Board. Please click here for more information.

Q. I was accepted in the Fair but I can’t pay the booth fee all at once.

A. We will, if necessary, accept partial booth fee payments. Email excomm@heardguild.org or call/text us at 480-285-6626 immediately to set up a payment plan. Full payment must be received by January 31.

 Q. I received a letter that I was rejected. Why? Can I apply again next year?

A. Because of the blind jurying process, we cannot offer specific feedback. We will keep your name in our files and will continue to send you information about future Fairs. One reason for rejection is poor quality images, so it is important that the images you submit are of the best quality you can make them. We encourage you to submit new images in your next application that clearly show your work to its best advantage.

Q. I might like to demonstrate. What is involved and whom should I contact?

A. On the application is a line to check if you would like to be considered for selection as a demonstrator. If you are under consideration, you will be contacted separately by the Demonstrator Chair. Demonstrators are expected to interact with the public to share the cultural background of their art while demonstrating their artistic process. As all Fair artists, demonstrators must be juried in to the Fair,  may enter Juried Competition, and are allowed to sell their art.

Q. Who is invited to participate in the Fair?

A. All award winners from the previous year, all past Fair Featured Artists, and artists who have a special relationship with the Heard Museum are invited. Invited artists do not have to be juried in to the Fair, but must pay the application fee and booth fee.

Q. Is it OK to bring my family?

A. Of course. Your Booth Admission Ticket, name badge, and two wristbands for assistants allows an artist and immediate family members entrance on Saturday and Sunday. Small children are welcome, but keep in mind the amount of space in your booth, especially in the tents. And please keep an eye on your children in consideration of other artists and your customers.

Q. What do the application and booth fees cover?  My customers have complained about the high admission fee to the Fair. Why do you charge admission?

A. The artists’ application and booth fees cover the cost of putting on the Fair, such as advertising and marketing, tent rental, security, and signage. The Guild volunteers provide most of the labor, but there are administrative costs, which the fees cover.  Money raised from admissions, Silent Auction, drawings, merchandise, and donations covers the cost of everything else, including Juried Competition awards, cultural performances, and a modest donation to the Museum.

Q. What’s the difference between the Heard Museum and the Heard Museum Guild?

A. The Museum was founded in 1929, and the Guild began in 1956 as the volunteer arm of the Museum. It is an integral part of the Museum but is governed independently. The Guild is in charge of the Fair in partnership with the Museum. Without the Guild volunteers’ time and Museum support there would be no Fair.