Our media relations team can respond quickly to your requests. Please contact director of marketing and communications, Bert Beiswanger via email at or call 317.275.1317, public relations manager, Bryan Corbin via email at or call 317.275.1315 or communications coordinator, Hyacinth Rucker via email at or call 317.275.1388.

April Events and the Eiteljorg Museum's Statement on RFRA

by User Not Found | Apr 01, 2015

In reference to the newly-passed Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA):

Cultural diversity enriches our world and is an important part of the Eiteljorg Museum’s mission. For this reason, we adopted an official diversity statement more than a decade ago. Exhibitions like Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo and our ongoing Out West programming are illustrative of our effort to introduce guests to the many peoples who are a part of Western and Native art, history and cultures. The museum has always been, and will continue to be, open and welcoming to everyone. #WeWelcomeAll

The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art

For Immediate Release                                                    

For More Information

DeShong Perry-Smitherman
PR Manager

[Additional images are available upon request]

Pan for Gold, Celebrate Earth Day and Take a Pic in Front of the Eiteljorg
In April the Eiteljorg will celebrate the West with music and art-making for the whole family.

APR 1 – JUNE 30
“I Am Indy” Photo Opp!
Outside Museum’s Entrance at the corner of West and Washington Streets
Take a picture. Tell your story. In partnership with the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Visit Indy, the city's convention and tourism promotional group, wants residents and tourists to share why they love Indy with family and friends. Now through June 30, outside of the entrance of the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, people are invited to stand in front of a 6-foot-tall art piece and take a creative picture as the “I” in “Indy.” Next, they can post the pic on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram—using #IAmIndy, #LoveIndy and #IndyWelcomesAll (pictured: Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard)

APR 11

Gold! Riches and Ruin Programming Day
Enjoy period music from the gold rushes performed live by Willoughby Sprig, noon – 4 p.m. Drop into the studios from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. for Second Saturday Family Studio, where a golden art-making opportunity awaits. A different gold-related art-making activity will be featured each month. No registration required.

APR 23
The Prophet Stick, or Crime and Punishment
A talk by Dr. Christian Feest, Indianapolis Museum of Art Mellon Curator
7 p.m.
Join us for this fascinating story of theft, investigation and intrigue in the museum world as Dr. Feest explores the history of an object reputedly given by the Shawnee Prophet, Tenskwatawa, to the Winnebago in the early 19th century.

APR 25
Chuck Wagon Cook Out and Earth Day celebration
10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of the West. Visit the chuck wagon and rustle up some grub; hear stories of the gold rush and pan for gold. (Cobbler samples avail­able until they’re gone.) At 2 p.m., enjoy the Gold! exhibit with assistant curator Johanna Blume as she talks about the environmental impact of gold mining.

Open through Aug. 2
Gold! Riches and Ruin
What could tempt a doctor and his wife to leave their children and risk their lives? Persuade financiers to gamble on risky exploits?  Redraw the face of the American landscape? The insatiable pursuit for unimaginable wealth… the lure of quick money… gold. This exhibit explores a valuable mineral – and all the glitter and greed attached to the desire to get it.

Storytelling every Saturday and Sunday

Meet Storyteller Belinda Mulrooney! 
Saturdays & Sundays at: 12:30 p.m., 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.
Meet Belinda Mulrooney, one of the richest women in the Klondike at the turn of the 20th century, and hear about her adventures during the Yukon Klondike Gold Rush. Local actress, Jamison Fisher, will portray Mulrooney in the Gold! Riches and Ruin gallery throughout the run of the exhibition.

Saturday Storytelling with Teresa Webb
Saturdays 1 – 3 p.m.
Meet Teresa Webb (Anishinaabe) and hear about Native American cultures through stories and songs, accompanied by flute, drum and rattle.  

For more information on these and other Eiteljorg events, visit

The Eiteljorg Museum seeks to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and the indigenous peoples of North America. The museum is located in Downtown Indianapolis’ White River State Park, at 500 West Washington, Indianapolis, IN 46204. For general information about the museum and to learn more about exhibits and events, call 317.636.WEST (9378) or visit



Find us on FacebookWatch our videos on YouTubeFollow us on InstagramFollow us on PinterestFind us on YelpShare
© Eiteljorg Museum. All rights reserved.