About the Youth Art Program

The Heard Museum Guild created the Youth Art Program in 1986 to foster the development of the next generation of Native artists. The Program currently has four components:

  1. The Youth Art Show and Sale (YASS) held each year in conjunction with the Heard Museum Indian Fair and Market.
  2. Youth Art Note Cards and other products, the sale of which support the Youth Art program.
  3. Internships for American Indian college students. Internships are available to Native college students each semester and in the summer. These paid internships give students the chance to earn money while gaining experience at the Heard Museum in a variety of disciplines including education and business settings. Please direct questions to Lucia Leigh Laughlin, Heard Museum Director of Engagement & Learning Programs at llaughlin@heard.org or Sue Snyder at youthartgrants@heardguild.org.
  4. Grants for teachers of young Native artists.


Lead Guild Members

Gladys Matthews, Youth Art Program Coordinator and YASS co-Chair
Emma Sansone, YASS co-Chair
Pat Kilburn, Rita Baker, and Kim Schrader, Youth Art Note Cards co-Chairs

The Youth Art Program would not be possible without the work of many dedicated volunteer Guild members!



If you have any questions or need assistance for Youth Art Show and Sale, email youthartshow@heardguild.org.

For further information on school grants and internships, please email youthartgrants@heardguild.org.

If you want to be added to the Youth Art email list for current and future activities, email youthart@heardguild.org.

For further information on Youth Art Note Cards, email notecards@heardguild.org.

If you wish to assist in supporting the next generation of Native artists by making a donation to the Heard Guild Youth Art Fund, click here.