Noticias August 2014


To Guides from the Education Department

August 2014

Heard Museum Guide Schedule:

From Jaclyn’s Desk……

Yá’at’eeh all,

As summer continues I hope you continue to share the fun of the “BUILD! Toy Brick Art at the Heard” exhibit with your friends and family. In preparation for this coming year I encourage you to get familiar with our beautiful new education webpage, part of our new website: Shaliyah worked with our design department to get the various educational offerings available on the website. As a result you have everything from educational videos, teacher materials, tribal community material, photos of what panel exhibits actually look like, for those of you who’ve never seen them, all in one place. There is a plethora of information now more accessible, please take advantage of it.

Please note there are times when the Marketing Department (Deb Krol and/or Mark Scarp) arrange recordings and/or photographs in the museum galleries. I would like to ask if you are concerned about an individual taking photos or videos understand staff members are usually present with these folks and will have identification badges.  You are always encouraged if you feel a person is not following museum protocol, and they are ignoring your friendly reminders to avoid using flash, you can discuss this with a member of the security staff. They will handle the situation and verify a person is authorized (or not) to take photos. In sharing this the important thing is to handle these instance with courteous reminders as we want all visitors/guests to have a great experience while here.

Lastly, I am excited to announce a special program we are holding in partnership with the Grand Canyon Music Festival a concert to featuring works composed by American Indian students. Attend the programTuesday, September 2, 2014 and hear works written by American Indian student composers who are part of the Native American Composer Apprentice Project (NACAP) in a concert in the Steele Auditorium at the Heard. A pre-concert gathering with a cash bar is in the Steele foyer at 5:30 p.m., followed by a one-hour concert at 6 p.m. The student composers’ works will be performed by NACAP ensemble-in-residence, “ETHEL.”

Tickets are $10 and are available online here. Tickets are not available from the Heard Museum.

NACAP is a part of the Grand Canyon Music Festival, which for 14 years has worked with students from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and the Navajo and Hopi reservations. Among the program’s awards are the 2013 New Music USA’s New Music Educators Award, the 2011 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities — which was presented by First Lady Michelle Obama — and in Arizona, the Governor’s Arts Award.

According to a statement from the music festival, “NACAP’s composer-in-residence Raven Chacon (Navajo), assisted by NACAP alum Michael Begay(Navajo), engages students in a rigorous course of study, culminating in each student creating works which are created, premiered and recorded by professional ensembles. Since 2001, more than 500 new works have been written by NACAP apprentice composers from the Navajo Nation, including Chinle, Tuba City, Kayenta, Montezuma Creek and Shiprock, as well as the Hopi Tribe and Salt River Community. Their works have been performed worldwide, including with the New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers Program and American Public Media’s ‘From the Top at Carnegie Hall.’ ”

Learn more about the NACAP here. Contact NACAP by email at

This will be a fun program to close out our summer. Continue to share the start of the new docent training class with individuals you think would be great addition to our docent corps. You all have done such a wonderful job filling in this summer and I look forward to seeing you all very soon. Wishing you all cool breezes and refreshing views the rest of summer.




From Betty Murphy’s Desk………

Billie Jane Baguley Library and Archives Collection Spotlight for August 2014

Whether you are hoping for rain or dealing with the aftermath of monsoon storms, rain in the desert is a powerful force. Here is a sampling of four selections from the library collection with rain playing a significant role. All four books are currently on display in the public reading area of the library. In addition to these titles for reading, the library also has several music CDs where rain is the common thread. Please feel free to visit the library to view/listen to these or any other items of interest in the library and archives collections. For more details or additional collection information, click on the Search Catalog link located in the pull-down menu of the library tab on the Heard website.

Cháł tó yinílo’ = Frog brings rain

Powell, Patricia Hruby ; illustrated by Kendrick Benally ; Navajo by Peter Thomas

Flagstaff, Ariz. : Salina Bookshelf, c2006

Heard call number OVW: E99.N3 P67 2006


The desert smells like rain : a naturalist in Papago Indian country

Nabhan, Gary Paul

San Francisco : North Point Press, 1982

Heard call number E99.P25 N32 1982


Rain : Native expressions from the American Southwest

Marshall, Ann E.

Phoenix : Heard Museum ; Santa Fe : Museum of New Mexico Press, c2000

Heard call number OVZ: E78.S7 M31 2000


When the rain sings : poems by young Native Americans

National Museum of the American Indian (U.S.)

New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c1999

Heard call number PS591.I55 W48 1999

From Sheila Mehlem’s Desk……

Though it’s still very hot, fall is fast approaching.  Preparations are well under way for the Education Exchange which will take place this year on Monday, October 20th from  8:30AM until 3:30PM.

The program we have planned will provide us  with opportunities to learn new things, meet new people, and, of course, reunite with old friends and Las Guias colleagues.

Boxed lunches will be available from the Cafe for $16.00. It includes your choice of a  hummus veggie wrap, turkey BLT wrap, or Chopped Kale Chicken Caesar Salad.  Lunch includes a drink and house baked cookie.  Your lunch selection and check should be sent to Sheila Mehlem at 219 West Country Gables Drive, Phoenix, Az. 85023.  Selections are due by October 10th.  If unable to send a check, you may pay at the door, but selections must be made by October 10th.


From Shaliyah’s Desk……..

Hello Everyone!

Thank you all for your patience in regards August Noticias; seems as if I got a kick start to the flu season!! I’m hopeful however that this has me “covered” for the rest of the season! This summer has been quite a ride! Normally we are use to a slow easy going summer, however that changed with BUILD! Summer Sundays in July coupled with other weekend programs has made this summer, a summer of fun and learning for all involved. Because we will continue with fun and family friendly summer exhibitions in the future this will be one of the new points I push in my yearly outreach on and offsite the museum. The museum and it’s education programs are receiving a lot of promotion which I hope will yield larger audiences. Here are just a few events I have attended just recently and a few that I will attend this fall. Of course if you know of any educational events that would be good for us to be represented at please let me know and I’ll do my best to get out there!

DES Family Connection Fun Day (outreach to title 1 schools) – August 2, 2014

Mesa Art Center Educator Preview Night  – August 21st, 2014 – (donation of door prize and outreach materials)

Educators Open House at Phoenix Art Museum – August 20, 2014

Mesa Community College Native Welcome – September 24, 2014

Phx Zoo Educators Night – September 25, 2014

Arizona Science Center Back to School Resource Fair – September 27, 2014

3rd Annual Roosevelt Row Chili Pepper Festival – September 27, 2014

Gammage Open House – September 28, 2014

Phoenix Arts and Culture Showcase – October 3, 2014

AZ Center for After School Excellence Conference – November 15, 2014

The Nutcracker Festival with Ballet Arizona – November 16, 2014


Education Staff Open House

Many on our staff don’t really know what we do here in education! Since we feel as thought it’s really important that we are all on one page we have decided that an Open House of our department would be a wonderful way to show what outreach we provide, what we really do in the classroom, etc. The invitation is open to all staff on Friday September 19th at 10 am – 11:30 am and 3 pm – 4:30 pm (We will be around pretty much all day).  I would like to extend that invitation to you all as well! If you ever wondered what all the panel exhibits look like put up together side by side, come on by! If you were ever curious about what is in our suitcase exhibits, come and take a look! With a better understanding of what we have and can offer in education everyone can be a better vehicle of information!


Exchange Day Guides!

On the day of the Education Exchange we will have the student guides step in and handle all the tours. No need to look for a sub! This is October 20th only!!!


Signing in

Please remember to sign in at both receiving and in the Guild Room! It is very important on a security level for us to know who is on campus and when. It is also important for us and you to keep track of your volunteer hours and how many tours you do! If you have specific questions about the use of the computer and how to track tours please contact me directly and we can help you out.


Laser Pointer Usage

After a Curatorial and Education review of conservation literature on the subject, Director of Curation and Education Dr. Ann Marshall has requested that museum guides refrain from using laser pointers in the museum.  While laser pointers are commonly used in classroom and office presentations, conservators do not consider them to be safe for pointing at works of art.

Thank you and Happy Touring,




*Please keep tours to 45 minutes.  Gallery Talks, 20 minutes.

*Please remember to check the galleries and replenish activities if necessary.

*Please rove in galleries and engage with public, please avoid standing around the info desk.

*Please obtain subs in a timely manner, not one week before.


*Please arrive at the info desk 15 minutes before your tour starts, not 3, 2, or 1 minute before 😉


Exhibit Schedule

Home: Native People in the Southwest – long term

We Are! Arizona’s First People – long term

Every Picture Tells a Story– long term

Remembering Our Boarding School Days – long term

Around the World – long-term

” Stories Outside the Lens: American Indian Ledger Art” – through September 21, 2014

“The Houser/Haozous Family: Celebrating a Century”  – through April 2015

 “That’s the Way I Like It!” – through February 8, 2015

“Chocolate, Chili, and Cochineal: Changing Taste Around the World – through November 30, 2014

” BUILD! Toy Brick Art at the Heard”  May 24, 2014 – September 28, 2014

“Houser/Haozous Family: Celebrating a Century” – through April 2015

The Heard Museum, 2301 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85004                                                                               

Shaliyah Ben

Education Program and Outreach Coordinator

Heard Museum

2301 N. Central Ave.

Phoenix, AZ 85004

602.252.8840  l  museum

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