Heard Museum

I've been working with the Heard Museum in a number of capacities since 1999. I've had the privilege of working as an artist in residence, an exhibiting artist, a juror on many selection committees, and a consultant. In 2014 Digital Preserve was formed to begin taking on the task of creating new and engaging content for number of the departments at the Museums in eluding the Gift Shop, Marketing and Development, and the cultural and educational outreach programs. I'm honored to lead our team of creatives to continue this long lasting relationship of crafting meaningful content for a growing audience of museum attendees and supporters!  
-  Steven J. Yazzie


Project: The Paddle and Anvil: a Piipaash Pottery Tradition.

Digital Preserve produced, "Paddle and Anvil: a Piipaash Pottery Tradition", a short documentary for the Heard Museum.  From clay dug in the Phoenix area, to a beautifully designed and finished pot, the film captures the process and creative thought which leads to a work of beauty.  Featuring Piipaash Maricopa artist, Ron Carlos, we are allowed into the world of a modern day denizen who is one of a handful of Piipaash artists left in the world. Digital Preserve is honored to have been a part of creating this new documentary film and we want to give a special thanks to the Heard Museum, The Heard Museum Guild, and the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation for their support in the making of this film.

Heard Museum's Master Artist Workshop: Navajo Weaving

The Heard Museum's Master Artist workshop is designed to support community resilience, strengthen cultural awareness, and promote intergenerational knowledge-sharing among American Indian communities in the Southwest by facilitating access for adult and youth learners to accomplished artists working in specific traditional forms, expert cultural historians, and relevant museum collections and objects, while also encouraging sustained dialogues about traditional arts among museum professionals and Native artists and communities. 

Our documentation and collection of stories was what we developed for  this project that took place in Northern Arizona on the Navajo Reservation. 


Fundraising and Community Celebration

The Moondance is an annual event honoring the past chairs of the Heard Museum Board of Trustees for their leadership and achievements in growing and strengthening the Heard over the past 85 years. The Moondance is the Museum’s signature fundraising gala, a majestic evening filled with museum friends and supporters in the museum’s iconic Spanish-colonial style courtyard and plaza. The 2016 event honored community members Arlene and Giora Ben-Horin as well as artist Kay WalkingStick (Cherokee) and Digital Preserve was hired to create two videos for the event, highlighting these incredible community members.


Love and Kindness, a Ben-Horin Vignette,

Arlene and Giora Ben-Horin have made a life in Arizona, supporting the Heard Museum's mission to educate visitors and promote greater public understanding of the arts, heritage and life ways of the indigenous peoples of the Americas, with an emphasis on American Indian tribes and other cultures of the Southwest. This short video shares a brief glimpse into who they are.

Kay WalkingStick, An American Artist

Kay WalkingStick was also one of the honorees for this year’s Moondance gala at the Heard Museum. Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist surveys the career of one of today’s most accomplished American Indian artists. Over the course of more than four decades, WalkingStick has avidly explored her own hybrid cultural identity, engaging Native history along with feminism, Minimalism, and other key art historical movements.


The Heard Museum Gift Shop:Artists Series

The Heard Museum Shop was one of Digital Preserve's first clients.  We learned a lot from our experience in this production and working with the many talented indigenous artists and staff from the Museum made our experience a rewarding one. The Heard Museum shop has been selling Native American art for more than 70 years in the Phoenix area.  This project explored a little of the history, and the ongoing relationship the shop continues to nurture with the artists they represent.  Five exceptional artists who are represented by the shop are highlioghted in these short video profiles.