A Heard Mentality

Heard MuseumImage via Heard Museum

If you haven’t been to the Heard Museum or it has been eons since the last time you went, then this is a great time to revisit this breathtaking gem in the heart of downtown/central Phoenix. The Heard Museum provides a breathtaking, beautiful glimpse into Arizona’s past and is jam-packed with artifacts with historical and contemporary information. The Heard Museum sets the standard for collaborating with Native people to present first-person voices. Partnerships with American Indian artists and tribal communities provide visitors with a distinctive perspective about the art and cultures of Native people, especially those from the Southwest.

Frida Kahlo Heard ExhibitImage via Heard Museum

The museum has also done an exceptional job of bringing innovative programs, world-class exhibits and entertaining festivals each year.  They will bring a rare glimpse into Frida Kahlo’s life through photographs beginning October 31 and the current exhibit Beautiful Games: American Indian Sport and Art runs through November 29th.

The Heard’s 12 exhibition galleries featuring an array of artists and art forms aren’t the only eye candy at this enchanting spot. The Heard’s courtyards and outdoor gardens, as well as the museum’s intensive gift shop inventory is a visual experience all its own. The museum shop includes a majority of pieces purchased directly from hundreds of artists, and only the finest in authentic American Indian jewelry, pottery, paintings, sculpture, Katsina dolls and weavings for sale. Many books relating to American Indian cultures and the Southwest are also available, including hard-to-find selections and publications by American Indian authors. To take in the both historic and modern art and culture, check out their website to plan your trip.

Written by Somlynn Rorie