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The Center will be closed the holiday weekends December 23-25 & December 30-January 1
Call For Artists: The Paul Dyck Celebration of Archaeology in Art
Past people have shaped the landscape of the Verde Valley. They left their mark through their dwellings, markings on rock, and the terracing of the landscape. Art can provide a visual interpretation of the landscape of these past people along with the scientific interpretation of archaeology. The goal of this Celebration is to demonstration the relevance that the past has for today’s contemporary artists that are evoked by the art and artifacts of our ancestors.
The theme of the Show and Sale is “Art Inspired by Archaeology and Archaeology as Art.” Subject matter is limited to archaeological subjects, including ancient dwellings, rock markings (rock art), landscape with archaeological features, or inspired by the ancient American Southwest textiles and pottery. Native American artists will be given preference for up to 50% of spaces. See the Art Show page for details.
Field Seminars Now Available
The Center has launched a new offering of "field seminars" to archaeological sites in the Verde Valley. These guided seminars visit important sites with an experienced interpreter to give the visitor a more complete picture of prehistoric life in the Verde Valley than available on a self-guided tour. For more information, visit the Field Seminar page.
Center Receives Museums for American Grant
The Verde Valley Archaeology Center (VVAC) has announced the receipt of a $23,983 Museums for America grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to expand its exhibit on the Yavapai-Apache Nation. In 2017 the IMLS received 558 applications. IMLS’s peer reviewers evaluated all eligible grant applications, assessing the merit of each proposal and its fit with the goals of the grant program. IMLS staff presented this information to the IMLS Director, who then made the final funding decisions.
The VVAC received one of 132 projects selected to receive funding. “As centers of learning and catalysts of community change, libraries and museums connect people with programs, services, collections, information, and new ideas in the arts, sciences, and humanities. They serve as vital spaces where people can connect with each other,” said IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew. “IMLS is proud to support their work through our grant making as they inform and inspire all in their communities.”
Excursion to Paquime Ruins
The Center has announced a four-day trip that includes the United Nations World Heritage site of Paquimé, the most important archaeological site in northwest Mexico and the American Southwest., the pottery village of Mata Ortiz, the Mormon settlements of Colonia Juarez and Colonia Dublan, and a side excursion to the cliff dwelling of Olla Cave in the Sierra Madre Occidental. This non-tourist part of Mexico offers a rich cultural mix of Mexicans, Mormons, and Mennonites and the spectacular landscape of the Chihuahuan Desert. Group size limited to 17. For more information, visit the event page
. Registration does not open until January 10, 2018.