Heard Museum to receive Piper Grant for gallery renovation

The Heard Museum has been awarded a $1.25 million grant from Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust to create a new gallery within the existing structure.

Construction on the 6,500-square-foot “Grand Gallery” is set to begin in fall 2016.

Entrance to the Heard Museum, featuring the sculpture, "Earth Song," by Allan Houser. (Courtesy  heard.org)

Entrance to the Heard Museum, featuring the sculpture, “Earth Song,” by Allan Houser. (Courtesy heard.org)

“We are honored to receive this grant and very excited to be working with Piper Trust on realizing this critical initiative for the future of the Heard Museum. Creating this new expanded gallery by renovating existing spaces opens our doors to a multitude of world-class exhibits and programming opportunities,” said Paradise Valley resident Natalie Vandeventer, the museum’s director of institutional advancement.

Features will include energy-efficient, state-of-the-art technology, including digital communications platforms and interactive exhibit capabilities. Once completed, this important project will further the Heard Museum’s ability to educate and inspire audiences about the indigenous cultures and peoples of the Southwest.

The Heard Museum is located at 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Visit heard.org.

Since 1929, the Heard Museum, a private non-profit organization, has enchanted visitors from around the world with the art, culture and history of indigenous peoples of the Americas with an emphasis on tribes and other cultures of the Southwest.

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