The Big Draw

We’re fortunate in Arizona to have several museums and organizations dedicated to preserving and sharing American Indian culture, including the Heard Museum — with locations in both Phoenix and Scottsdale.

So I was curious, during a recent trip to New York City, to see the National Museum of the American Indian. While there, I stumbled on one of their educational programs called “The Big Draw” — which featured music and dance performance, as well as drawing opportunities, for children and families.

I’m hoping some of my pictures from that day will inspire new drawing adventures in your own home or classroom — and serve as a friendly reminder to visit our own local museums, which I’m convinced are some of the best in the country.

Entrance to the National Museum of the American Indian in New York City…

One of several Big Draw participants getting tips on her artwork…

One of many families who were seated around the room drawing together…

Visitors see this foyer, where I found visitors’ art on display, as they enter…

These panels hold children’s art created during The Big Draw event…

One of several pastel works displayed near The Big Draw activity area…

Another piece of art created during The Big Draw experience at the museum…

Another art selection created during The Big Draw experience…

This piece of art from The Big Draw appears to be a sign of the times…

Click here to explore the National Museum of the American Indian, here to find other Smithsonian museums, here to learn more about the Heard Museum and here to visit the Central Arizona Museum Association.

— Lynn

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