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Programs for Schools and Groups

Students participate in a hands-on activity at the museum.

The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture offers several choices of thematic tours with related hands-on activities for grades K-12. 

Pottery Tour

This tour of current exhibitions focuses on the generational tradition of pottery making in the Southwest, initially for utilitarian purposes, and later, as works of art. The museum visit includes a gallery tour, and can include a related hands-on project of pottery making in the classroom.

Stories Tour

This tour of current exhibitions focuses on honoring the ancestors with dynamic oral traditions and stories of Southwest Indian people and how these traditions are transmitted between generations, as well as the reflection of the traditions created in artwork. The museum visit includes a gallery tour, and can include a related hands-on project of constructing a storyteller structure, made from cardstock and drawing (illustration) in the classroom. 

Weaving Tour

This tour of current exhibitions focuses on various traditions and aspects in weaving within the cultures of the Southwest. In the hands-on activity, students learn to weave several different designs on a loom they take home.

Thematic tours with hands-on activities are offered Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10:00am in the Living Traditions Center of the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture. Each scheduled museum visit includes:

  • Confirmation packet of materials for classroom use
  • Tour of galleries related to the theme selected (approximately 45 minutes)
  • Hands-on activity in the classroom (approximately 45 minutes)

To schedule a school tour visit to the museum, please contact Andy Albertson by email at  andrew.albertson@state.nm.us or telephone at 505/476-1271.