Native Voices


Programming Requirements

Libraries selected to host the Native Voices exhibit are responsible for presenting at least 2 public programs in collaboration with community organizations or educators. The programs should be for different age groups, including one opening event. Any one of these programs may be combined with the opening event. These programs must be free of charge and for different age groups.

Programming Ideas for Adults

  • Host an exhibit “teaser” event before the exhibit arrives to generate interest—possible events include lectures, films, or readings related to exhibit themes.
  • Find scholars or elders in your community to contribute to a webinar. Record the presentation and post to your site’s website.
  • Create displays or related exhibits of books, photos, or other display items about exhibit-related topics.
  • Create intergenerational programs for community members to discuss and learn about health and illness.
  • Present a reading of excerpts from oral histories, poems, fiction, and nonfiction works by Native people. Invite community members, to read works, followed by a scholar or elder-led discussion of the material.
  • Create a public forum for discussion by making space available for written exhibition feedback. For example, pose a question to site visitors and make a bulletin board/wall space available for public feedback and comments, or encourage visitors to contribute their comments in an exhibit guestbook.
  • Invite local Native organizations or individuals with expertise in Native healing ways to present on exhibition themes.

Programming Ideas for Younger Audiences

  • Invite young people to create a multimedia presentation for the library about the exhibition in partnership with Native organizations or individuals with expertise in Native healing ways.
  • Plan a program showing young people how to conduct an oral history project.
  • Plan a program showing middle grades how to use primary sources in research.
  • Hold story time sessions for children using books about Native people (see book list for younger readers for ideas).
  • Enlist a Native Teen Advisory Board to help plan and promote Native Voices programs for young adults.
  • Create a documentary shorts contest. Teach youth video production software and invite them to explore exhibition themes, in partnership with Native organizations or individuals with expertise in Native healing ways, via images and sound.
  • Allow youth to curate an exhibit related to Native Voices.
  • Include a title for young people in a Native Voices “One Book, One Community” series (see book list for ideas).
  • Interview an elder on health and illness in the community. Write a profile for the school newspaper.

Additional Fundraising Information

Past exhibit participants have reported receiving additional funding for programmatic activities from the following:

Nonprofit sources:

  • Friends of the library
  • Health Science/History professional organizations
  • University departments
  • Local health science and history groups
  • State and local arts councils
  • University administration (lecture series funds, events planning and coordination committees, dean of faculty, history department, humanities division, president’s/provost’s/chancellor’s funds)
  • Community college cultural advisory board, educational foundation, contracts and grants department
  • Local/regional/state family foundations
  • County historical societies
  • Centers for the Book
  • Women’s business organizations

For profit sources:

  • Credit unions
  • Computer networks and computer stores
  • Department stores
  • Banks
  • Auto dealerships
  • Supermarkets
  • Hardware stores
  • Newspapers
  • Utility companies

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