K-12 Educator Night | Heard Museum

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K-12 Educator Night

Arizona K-12 educators, you’re invited to the Heard Museum on January 21 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. for Educator Night!

Join us as we celebrate the relaunch of guided school tours and share resources for bringing information about Indigenous peoples of Arizona (and Hawaii!) into your learning spaces.

The museum will be open just for you, including the opportunity to tour the Heard’s newest exhibition, Heʽe Nalu: The Art and Legacy of Hawaiian Surfing with Heard Museum curator, Velma Kee Craig (Diné).

For the first hour of the event, guests will have the option to enjoy an acoustic set by Dakota Yazzie (Diné) and Michael Gutierrez (Comanche/Mexican) from indigenous music collective, Earth Surface People, and learn about the ways that the band engages young audiences.

To cap off the event, educators will tune in to a live virtual presentation on place-based education by 2022 Hawaiʽi Teacher of the Year, Whitney Aragaki.

In addition to touring Heʽe Nalu and learning from our special guests, educators will also enjoy:

  • Appetizers and a ticket for a free drink
  • Special swag
  • Take home resources
  • Information about the Heard Museum’s resources for teachers

This event requires advance registration. Please use this link to secure your spot!

Email us with questions. We look forward to seeing you there!


Event Schedule:

4:30 to 5 p.m. Arrival/Check-In; Museum opens to registered educators

5 to 6:10 p.m. Choose your own adventure

  • 5 to 6:10 p.m. Food, drinks, and networking in Steele Auditorium
  • 5 to 6:10 p.m. Acoustic music set
  • 5:15 to 5:45 p.m. First Guided Tour of Heʽe Nalu in the Grand Gallery
  • 5:45 to 6:15 p.m. Second Guided Tour of Heʽe Nalu in the Grand Gallery

6:20 to 6:30 p.m. Presentation from Heard Museum Learning & Public Engagement staff

6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Live virtual presentation on place-based education by Whitney Aragaki

7:15 to 7:30 p.m. Event wrap up including completing event survey and collecting swag & Professional Development certificates

About Earth Surface People:

For indigenous collective Earth Surface People, creation, language and storytelling are vehicles for reclamation of culture as well as creative expression and collaboration. Founded by Diné songwriter and producer Yellowhorse and named for Dinétah’s first people, the sonic landscapes created by Earth Surface People fuse lo-fi balladry, contemporary R&B, art rock, slow jams, synth-pop, jazz fusion and field recordings. The band’s lush, soulful and unabashed full-length debut—nihookááʼ diyin dineʼé—emerged from a two-year collaboration between the collective and Menominee linguist Naneque Latender, peyote musicians Cody and Larry Yazzie and ascendant Diné vocalist Nanibaah Talley. Written and recorded on Apache, Diné, Menominee and Pueblo territories and released via Underwater Panther Coalition, the self-titled album celebrates indigenous languages, cultures and storytelling, melding influences from across the width and breadth of Turtle Island.

2022 Hawaiʻi State Teacher of the Year and National Teacher of the Year Finalist, Whitney Aragaki

Event Details

Saturday, January 21
5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Heard Museum Campus

Register today!