Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art

Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art

The Eiteljorg Museum offers insightful programs and tours that explore the cultural diversity of the American West, examine the unexpected West of the imagination and celebrate Native American and Western art, history and cultures. When you visit, your students will learn about the Indigenous

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Artist in Residence: Melanie Sainz (Ho-Chunk)


Program description

Each year the Eiteljorg Museum hosts Native American and Western artists for one to three-week residencies. Artist experiences are available both at the museum and can be combined with gallery tours, and in your school classroom or other venue. Artists talk with students about their culture and their art and then lead them in an art making activity.

Melanie Tallmadge Sainz (Ho-Chunk) will be in


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Program Detail

Program type: Field Trip, Workshop/Class (In-School), Workshop/Class (Out-of-School)
Artistic Discipline: History & Heritage, Storytelling, Visual Arts
Cultural Origin: Native American
Subject: Fine Arts: Visual Arts, History, Social Studies
Population served: Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Students with Disabilities
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Melanie is available to work with student groups October 12 – 15 and 19 – 22, 2021

Available times:

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Length of program: 45 - 60 minutes
Space / technical requirements:

In a non-museum setting, Melanie will need a table or flat surface to show examples of her work. Students will need a flat surface for the art-making activity.


This program can take place at the Eiteljorg Museum or in your school classroom or other school location.

Fees / Ticketing:

Artist experiences are included with group admission to the museum. Students and accompanying adults in groups are $5 each. All preregistered IPS groups receive free admission to the museum. One payment due upon arrival–check, cash or Visa/MC.

Inquire about Eiteljorg transportation grants and other artist outreach discounts when artists come to your school.


Connects to State (IDOE) and/or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Standard 1 - History
Anchor Standard 1 – Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work: Creativity and innovative thinking are essential life skills that can be developed.
Anchor Standard 1 – Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work: Artists and designers shape artistic investigations, following or breaking with traditions in pursuit of creative artmaking goals.
Anchor Standard 2 – Organize and develop artistic ideas and work: Artists and designers experiment with forms, structures, materials, concepts, media, and art-making approaches
Anchor Standard 2 – Organize and develop artistic ideas and work: People create and interact with objects, places, and design that define, shape, enhance, and empower their lives.
Anchor Standard 10 – Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art: Through art-making, people make meaning by investigating and developing awareness of perceptions, knowledge, and experiences.
Anchor Standard 11 – Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding: People develop ideas and understandings of society, culture, and history through their interactions with and analysis of art.


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes
Connects to State (IDOE) and/or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes


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Cancellation Policy

If group is going to be more than 15 minutes late, please notify. If a cancellation is necessary, please notify asap.


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