Funding Will Support School Tours

PHOENIX, Ariz.–The Heard Museum, one of the United States’ finest centers of American Indian arts and cultures, recently won two grants to help support free school admission for students to tour the museum during field trips. The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, a tribe located near Phoenix, awarded the Heard $75,000 to support school tours, while the Orange County, California, Community Foundation’s SL Gimbel Foundation Fund also recently gave a $7,500 grant to support student programming.

These grants enable the Heard to offer free school admission for students to tour the museum during field trips. School tours are an essential element in the Heard’s educational mission, and on average, more than 11,000 students come to the museum each year. School tours help Arizona school students learn about the arts, cultures and history of local Indian tribal communities. The tours are also crafted to conform to Arizona state educational standards regarding both academic standards and instruction about tribal communities.

“School tours are at the heart of our educational mission,” says Dr. Letitia Chambers, president and CEO of the Heard. “This grant will help enable us to sustain our commitment to providing education to Arizona school children about the rich arts, cultures and history of American Indian communities.”

School tours are available year-round on a space-available basis. Admission for children is free and the Heard does assess the school only a $20 guide fee. To book a school tour, call 602.251.0262 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information about the school tour program, please visit