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Holidays at the Heard

All programming is included with museum admission. Free for museum members. 

A Phoenix tradition, Holidays at the Heard is a must-see for your family, friends and out-of-town guests, starting Tuesday, Dec. 26, and continuing through Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017.

Visitors can experience American Indian music and dance performances including crowd favorites like hoop dancing and fancy dancing.

In addition to this year’s traditional programming, we are excited to announce themed art activities to keep visitors of all ages engaged each day as well as musical performances that will celebrate the arts and the extraordinary contributions American Indian musicians, as well as Phoenix’s best musicians, have to contribute to the world of music.

Music and dance performances are twice daily at 12:30 and 2 p.m. in the Steele Auditorium and artist demonstrations are each day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the gallery It’s Your Turn: T. C. Cannon.

Special Performances are located throughout the museum campus at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Please see daily schedule for locations.

Visitors can also browse items in the Museum Shop and Books & More. Have lunch at the Courtyard Café, open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day or stop by the Coffee Cantina for a grab-and-go lunch, or coffee, tea, and a sweet treat until 5 p.m.

Performances/ Artist demonstrations/ Art activities schedule

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Performances in the Steele Auditorium start at 12:30 and 2 p.m.
Artist demonstrations each day are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in 
It’s Your Turn! – T.C. Cannon (Sandra Day O’Connor Gallery)
Art activities in Crossroads Gallery
Additional art activities with Burton Barr Library in It’s Your Turn! – T.C. Cannon (Sandra Day O’Connor Gallery)

Holidays at the Heard Schedule

Tuesday, Dec. 26Performers: Yellowbird Indian Dancers (Apache/Arikara/Hidatsa)
Demonstrations: Jennifer Ben (Navajo), beadwork and sandpainting
Activities: PerlerTM bead fun! Create your own colorful fusible bead creation
Wednesday, Dec. 27Performers: Hopi Butterfly Dance (Hopi)
Demonstrations: Nina Sanders (Crow), plains style beaded moccasins
Activities: Butterfly cookie decorating! Sprinkle and color your butterfly cookie with your favorite topping and enjoy
Thursday, Dec. 28Performers: Yellow House Dancers (Diné/Maricopa)
Demonstrations: Rykelle Kemp (Euchee-Mvskoke Creek/Choctaw/Dinè), jewelry
Activities: Be creative and make your own ready-to-wear stamp art metal jewelry
Dec. 29
Performers: Dinétah Dancers (Diné)
Demonstrations: Jeremy Singer (Navajo), painting
Activities: Color your very own Jeremy Singer coloring sheet inspired by Singer’s own works
Saturday, Dec. 30Performers: Darren Thompson, flautist (Ojibwe/Tohono O’odham)
Demonstrations: Yolanda Hart Stevens (Pee-Posh/Quechan), pottery
Activities: Clay whistle-making with Education Staff (Pritzlaff Courtyard)


December 29th, 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. — Connor Chee (Navajo)

Originally from Page, Arizona, Navajo pianist Connor Chee began piano lessons at age 6. At age 10, his family relocated to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he attended the School for Creative and Performing Arts. At age 12, Chee won a gold medal in the World Piano Competition’s Young Artist Division, earning him his first performance at New York City’s Carnegie Hall. In the following years, he has gone on to play prestigious settings including the United Nations and on CNN. Chee is currently a voting member of The Recording Academy (the GRAMMY® Awards), and continues to perform throughout the United States. He currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

December 30th, 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. — Cathedral Choir from Trinity Cathedral

In keeping with its desire to serve the greater Phoenix community, the Cathedral Choir at Trinity Cathedral in downtown Phoenix will perform at the museum as it seeks to expand its musical outreach beyond the doors of the cathedral proper with a delightful collection of holiday favorites. The choir is excited to share in this artistic collaboration with the Heard Museum to accomplish musical outreach to a larger community and provide a unique experience for museum-goers.

Thank you to our Corporate Partner

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Yellow Bird Dancers with Tony Duncan

Yellow Bird Dancers

Event Details

December 26 – 30, 2017
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Free for Museum members
Non-museum members pay general admission prices

Heard Museum Campus

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