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Outreach Programs
The Hockaday offers a variety of outreach programs to augment its educational programming.

The Traveling Medicine Show
Educational Trunks
Museum on the Move

The Traveling Medicine Show

A Collaborative Project by the Hockaday Museum of Art                                                                      

and Artists/Educators of the Blackfeet Indian Nation                

 

THANK YOU TO OUR  2019-2020 SPONSORS!                                                                                                                      

The Traveling Medicine Show is an educational project that brings the ancient, traditional, and contemporary art, history, and culture of the Northern Plains Indians to life for K-12 students. It features art and artifacts chosen in a collaborative effort between the Hockaday Museum of Art and members of the Blackfeet Indian Nation. An essential goal of this program is to instill appreciation and understanding of the culture and history of the Plains Indians of Montana through art created by and about them.

The program brings artifacts, display materials, hands-on activities, and members of the Blackfeet Nation themselves directly to students. Participating classes explore the history, culture, and traditional practices of the Northern Plains Indians and discover how each has influenced the other across time and territory.

Traveling Medicine Show
Blackfeet artist Leonda Fast Buffalo Horse talks to East
Glacier students during their Traveling Medicine Show visit.

School Visits
The Traveling Medicine Show outreach program is available to classes and schools in NW Montana. This program is designed to accommodate any grade from K-12th. Whenever possible, the presentation includes an art project taught by a Blackfeet artist.

A Museum representative accompanies The Traveling Medicine Show to all destinations, and we strive to have Blackfeet artists at all Traveling Medicine Show visits. Should road conditions or other factors beyond our control preempt our artists' presentation schedule, specially trained Hockaday Museum Staff will facilitate the Medicine Show. Minimum setup time for art and artifacts is 70 minutes; therefore, we ask that you please make one location in your school available for all presentations. A second location for art projects or activities may be utilized, depending upon room size and number of students participating in the program.

Presentation Focus
Choices in the focus of presentations are offered and adapted to grade levels. They include: Arts and Culture Overview; Home on the Plains... Tipi making, tools, cooking, family life; clothing and ornamentation for daily living and special events; traditional games and toys that teach life, social, survival skills, and cultural values.

Presentation Format
Classroom group presentations for small groups, medium groups and large groups.

Time allotment, student totals, and room arrangements are tailored to the needs of your school.

The Traveling Medicine Show Outreach Program to our local schools is made possible by funding from these generous Foundations:
The Woodcock Foundation for the Appreciation of the Arts
The Cadeau Foundation
The Traveling Medicine Show Presentation Format Choices

Classroom Group Presentation with No Activity
(suitable for middle – high school groups)

  • Presentations occur in same location throughout day
  • 45-60 minute presentation
  • Maximum 5 presentations per day
  • Presentation choices:
    • Art & Culture overview – ancient, traditional, & contemporary
    • Contemporary art rooted in tradition
    • Cultural reality & misconceptions as seen through art
    • Painted Design – parfleche, lodges, shields, and more
    • Clothing & ornamentation


Small Group Presentation with Activities

(suitable for schools with less than 40 students)

  • Art & Culture presentation followed by several art projects & activities throughout day
  • Age appropriate art projects
  • Making and playing Native American games


2 Small Group Presentations with Activities

(maximum 30 students per group)

  • Presentations & activities occur in same location throughout day
  • Separate presentation for each group accompanied by art project & activity
  • 2-2 ½ hour per group
  • Age appropriate art project to fit class curriculum


3 Small Group Presentations with Activities

(maximum 30 students per group)

  • Presentations & activities occur in same location throughout day
  • Separate presentation for each group accompanied by  art project or activity
  • 1 ½  hour per group
  • Age appropriate art project or activity to fit class curriculum

Medium Group Presentation & 3 Small Group Activities
(60-90 total students)

  • 1 presentation followed by art project or activity for 4 groups per day (2 - 2 ½  hour presentation with 1 hour activity periods)
  • Age appropriate art project or activity to fit class curriculum


Medium Group Presentation & 4 Small Group Activities

(approximately 100 total students)

  • 1 presentation followed by art project or activity for 4 groups per day (1 hour presentation with 50 minute activity periods)
  • Age appropriate art project or activity to fit class curriculum
  • Art project may need additional teacher-supervised class time


Large Group Presentation & Small Group Activities

(over 100 students)
This option works for limited whole school involvement.  It generally requires a separate location for activities.

  • 1 – 1 ½ hour presentation for large group
  • 6-8 small group art projects or activities
  • Art project may need additional teacher-supervised class time
  • Optional 20 minute exhibit viewing times for small groups (This requires extra Hockaday staff member to be present)
The Traveling Medicine Show Request Form

Please click on the Request Form button to the right to download and print your Traveling Medicine Show request.

Mail  or email the form back to the Hockaday Museum.  If you have any questions, contact Kathy Martin, Director of Education, at 406.755.5268.

 


 

Education Trunks
For your Art and Indian Education

 

These traveling trunks offer educators a special resource to provide their students with unique hands-on experiences that are easily incorporated into art and other cirriculum. Our large teaching trunks are designed to accomodate the needs of one class or a team of teachers. Each trunk contains original and reproduction art, hands-on objects, artifacts, primary source documents, and lesson plans. The level of information in each trunk varies, but modifications can be made for grades K - 12.

Trunks are available for two weeks at a time, and are free to institutions with Education Memberships. The fee for non-member organizations in $25. Pick up and return trunks to the Hockaday Museum of Art or pay for shipping both ways. To reserve a trunk contact the Hockaday Museum of Art Director of Education at 406-755-5268 ext 226 or email at education@hockadaymuseum.org

From Plains to Plateau
Artistic Traditions of Northwest Montana Tribes
A perfect introduction to the artistry and culture of Montana's Indian Tribes!  Items in this trunk include both one and two piece moccasins, jewelry, a Blackfeet doll, games, parfleche, CDs, photographs, art prints, posters, raw material samples, and trunk guide filled with reference materials and art lessons.

Trunk Size: 14" high x 30" long x 23" wide

Creation of this trunk made possible with funding from the Woodcock Foundation for Appreciation of the Arts and the Jerry Metcalf Foundation.

Art Trunks
Kathy Martin shows off one of the art trunks at the
Montana Environmental Education Association
Conference in Missoula.

Home on the Plains
Artistry of the Blackfeet and other Montana Tribes
The focus of this trunk is the culture and art associated with historical home life of the Plains Indian Tribes.  Blackfeet tipi prints, a model lodge, envelope parfleche, games, books, art prints, paintings, and raw material samples fill this trunk.  The accompanying trunk guide includes artist biographies, reference materials, and an assortment of art projects.

Trunk Size: 23" high x 37.5" long x 23" wide

Creation of this trunk was made possible with funding from the Woodcock Foundation for Appreciation of the Arts and the Jerry Metcalf Foundation.

Art Trunks

Art of the Railways

S.T.E.A.M. Trunk

From fine art to advertising, this footlocker has a sampling of art inspired by the railways. This STEAM trunk includes lessons and reference materials that connect railway related art with the science of steam power, communication technologies, engineering, math concepts, art forms and artists, as well as wooden trains and tracks, telegraph set, games, engineer and conductor hats, pocket watches, books, and photographs.

Trunk Size: 14" high x 30" long x 23" wide

Creation of this trunk made possible with funding from The Whitefish Community Foundation and Whitefish Historical Society.

Museum on the Move
Grades 6-8
 

We deliver this student-centered art museum experience directly to Middle School classrooms. Students are invited to to explore the intersecting worlds of art museums and art professionals through meaningful activities. Topics include the role of an art museum, art identification, different perspectives for viewing art, the curatorial process, and art handling. After examining reproductions and original works from the Hockaday Museum permanent collection, students simulate their own "Art Museum" exhibition.

 

Follow up sessions by an artist to visit or work with students in the classroom may be arranged.

 

Contact the Hockaday Museum of Art for current costs for these programs.

Museum on the Move
Whitefish Middle School Students get oil painting pointers
from artist Rob Akey during a Museum on the Move visit.
   
Arranging a Visit
Sessions are offered at no charge to schools with Hockaday Museum Education Memberships. There is a minimal charge for non-member schools.
 
Please contact the
Hockaday Museum Director of Education for scheduling

 

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