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Teacher Resources

The Heard Museum hosts Educator Events throughout the year. Visit our events page for upcoming events. All events are free but registration is required.

General Resources and Museum Discounts

June is Teacher Appreciation Month.
Educators with a valid teacher i.d. receive complimentary general admission during the month of June.

Teacher Institute

The museum offers a free multi-day institute where Arizona K-12 educators can acquire Standards-based tools and resources to teach American Indian history, culture, and art. Educators can network with one another and leave with tangible lesson plans that can be adapted to fit individual classrooms.

Participants will gain an understanding of American Indian Boarding Schools, American Indian Contemporary Art and Native People of the Southwest through lectures, presentations, guest speakers, artist demonstrations, gallery tours, and discussions.
The next Teacher Institute will be scheduled for Summer 2019.

Teacher Institute, July 23-25, 2018

Museum Membership

Sign up for a $35 Education membership (for students and teachers) today to receive email updates on special member-only events plus:

  • General museum admission for all cardholders listed
  • Exclusive events and select exhibition receptions.
  • 10% discount in our Heard Museum Shops and Cafes.
  • Digital subscription to our members-only publication Earth Song

For more information, or if you want to take advantage of this educator membership please visit: heard.org/membership

Books & More

The Heard Museum’s Books & More shop accepts school Purchase Orders (PO) for educational materials such as books and DVDs. This service is available Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 4 p.m. Please call Books & More at 602.251.0258 to schedule your visit so that staff can be available to assist. Staff will need a printed copy of the PO to complete your order after you have selected your titles. As a non-profit, the museum shops do not charge sales tax.


The Billie Jane Baguley Library and Archives is a comprehensive research facility offering extensive information about indigenous art and cultures from around the world and an unparalleled resource collection on nearly 25,000 American Indian artists. Admission to the library is free Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. There are no weekend hours.

Heard Museum Guild Student Art Show and Sale

Every spring, student artists are invited to submit work for the 33rd Annual Heard Museum Guild American Indian Student Art Show & Sale (SASS). The event features the artwork of American Indian students in grades 7-12 from communities across the United States.

Teachers with students participating in the current year’s show may apply for art supply grants for the following school year.

Learn more about the current year’s application process at heardguild.org.

Classroom Resources

Teacher’s Curriculum Downloads

Yua Matisse High School Curriculum from the Heard MuseumYua: Henri Matisse and the Inner Arctic Spirit Curriculum
This curriculum offers an opportunity to explore the surprising and little-known story of how Indigenous people and culture of the arctic-inspired one of the 20th century’s most influential artist, Henri Matisse. Included in the curriculum are standards-based lesson plans that will allow your students to explore the stunning works featured in the exhibition. To download this special exhibition packet please fill out the form in the drop down below.
Yua Matisse Curriculum for Download

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Heard Museum EducationAncestral Pueblos Curriculum for Grade 4- cover photoAncestral Pueblos Curriculum
Our curriculum offers students general information divided into key components so they can develop a basic understanding of Native People of the Southwest. Curriculum packets are currently being developed for 4th Grade that include a range of activities that relate to Social studies, English, Science, Math, and Art. Many of the activities have also been aligned to 4th Grade Arizona state standards. To download our most recent packet please fill out the form in the drop down below. Have a suggestion, comment or question, email: education@heard.org
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Teacher’s Resource Art Posters

Teacher's Posters - Women With Jars (Front)Teacher’s Resource Art Posters feature art objects that are found in HOME: Native Peoples of the Southwest. The full color 11×17 inch posters include detailed information on the back with object description, cultural context; vocabulary and suggested in-classroom discussion topics.

A set of eight posters is offered for free with paid shipping and handling costs of $5. Please fill out the form below and you will receive a confirmation email with a link to pay for shipping costs. Contact education@heard.org if you do not receive an email or if you have any questions.

Artist Posters Request Form

Teacher Resources: Artist Posters Request Form

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Cell Phone Number*

School Name:*

School Phone Number*

School Address:*

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A set of eight posters is offered for free with paid shipping and handling costs of $5.

Once you have submitted your information, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to pay for shipping. Please contact education@heard.org if you do not receive the email within 24 hours. Thank you.

Educational Videos

Connecting Communities: Tonto Video IconConnecting Communities Videos

Take a virtual field trip throughout Arizona’s tribal communities. Learn more about the state’s cultural centers and hear from tribal leaders.

Native American Fine Arts Resource Guide

Developed with the support of the Nathan Cummings Foundation. A resource guide focusing on painting and sculpture produced by American Indians in the continental United States since 1900. Appropriate for all levels. Accompanying slides are free.

Download a PDF of the resource guide.

Request for slides must be made on school letterhead and sent to:
Ann Marshall
Heard Museum
2301 North Central Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85004-1323

Contact the Education Department

For more information, contact the Heard Museum’s Education Department by email at education@heard.org.

School Tours

Does your school currently have Title I status?

If you answered “yes,” did you know that you can get your museum admission and transportation covered if you book your trip through Act One?
Click here learn more: act1az.org/our-programs/
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