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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

Museum Membership

Sign up for a $30 Education membership (for students and teachers) today to receive email updates on special member-only events plus:

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. The Library and Archives are temporarily closed for renovations. We expect to reopen in August 2023.

Heard Museum Guild Student Art Show and Sale

Every spring, student artists are invited to submit work for the 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

Away From Home: American Indian Boarding School Stories Curriculum cover of young boys at the entrance to the Chemawa Indian Training School, early 20th C.Away From Home: American Indian Boarding School Stories Curriculum
The Heard Museum is proud to make available this high school curriculum on the American Indian Boarding Schools as part of our longstanding commitment to documenting and sharing this important part of American history. The curriculum was created as a means to teach high school students about this lesser known experience. Included are activities that ask students to examine American Indian Boarding Schools with a critical and analytical eye. The activities can be used by English, Social Studies, and Art teachers individually or can be assigned across subjects.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.Teachers can download the Student/Teacher Book Listhere.
Boarding Schools Curriculum for Download

Heard Museum EducationAncestral Pueblos Curriculum for Grade 4- cover photoAncestral Pueblos Curriculum
Our curriculum offer students general information divided into key components so they can develop a basic understanding of Native People of the Southwest. Curricula 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
Ancestral Pueblos Curriculum for Download

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 11x17 inch posters include detailed information on the back with object description, cultural context; vocabulary and suggested in-classroom discussion topics.

A set of five 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

Virtual Field Trip Series

Virtual Field Trip SeriesLearn about objects in our collection and the artists who created them through these virtual field trip videos. Each video is aligned to Arizona K-12 standards and is accompanied by a printable “cue sheet” that reinforces the educational information shared in the video and offers prompts to test retention and understanding.

Art Cards

Colorful paper collage of a young woman with dark hair in front of a Starry Night style landscapeArt cards are a fun way to introduce children in elementary school to artwork by American Indian artists. They are designed to help children look at art carefully and exercise their interpretation skills. Each card has a suggested art activity that can be done with the help of an adult or independently. Every card is also aligned to Arizona K-12 visual art standards. Fill out the form below to get your free download.

Art Cards Download Form

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.