This spotlighted Smithsonian Affiliate represents the strong partnerships the Smithsonian continues to build across the country through Affiliations.
Heard Museum (Phoenix, Arizona)
Originally built as a museum to house the Heard family's private collection, the present-day Heard Museum has grown in size and stature to become internationally renowned for its vibrant exhibitions, festivals and exceptional shops. The collections range from historic cultural items to contemporary fine art. Providing greater public understanding of the arts, heritage and ways of life of indigenous peoples of the Americas, with an emphasis on American Indian tribes and other cultures of the Southwest, is at the heart of the museum's mission.
The Heard Museum has collaborated with the National Museum of the American Indian on traveling exhibits and has lent a number of artifacts to the Smithsonian for display in Washington, D.C. In 2012, 16 artifacts from the National Museum of Natural History and the National Museum of the American Indian traveled from Washington to be included in the Heard's exhibition, Beyond Geronimo: The Apache Experience.
Most recently, the museum borrowed two paintings from the Smithsonian American Art Museum and seven artifacts from the National Museum of the American Indian for its exhibition Beautiful Games: American Indian Sport and Art. Earlier this year, the Heard welcomed Kevin Gover, director of the National Museum of the American Indian, as keynote speaker for the museum's symposium, Indigenous Stereotypes in Sports.
The Heard Museum is just one of the amazing organizations in our network of more than 200 Affiliates in 45 states, Puerto Rico and Panama.