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Free Admission July 4, Latino Guitarists and Meet Stagecoach Mary

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For Immediate Release                                   For More Information:

                                                                        DeShong Perry-Smitherman
                                                                        Public Relations Manager
                                                                        (317) 275-1352

Free Admission, Latino Guitarists and Meet Stagecoach Mary
at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
  July events listing

Thursday, July 4
Free Admission
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Celebrate the 4th of July at the Eiteljorg with FREE admission.

One month left to experience the Eiteljorg’s Guitars! Roundups to Rockers exhibit. More than 100 guitars—owned by greats including Roy Rogers, Charlie Christian, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Woody Guthrie, Buddy Holly, Les Paul and others— are on display. There are several events throughout July that compliment this exhibit. Guitars! runs through Aug. 4.

Saturday, July 13
Guitars! programming day featuring local bands Everything Now! and Street Spirits
Programming events run from noon – 4 p.m.
Activities included in  museum admission
Eiteljorg guests can spend a few hours partying like a rock star. Those too timid to get real tattoos can test the waters – with the help of an airbrush tattoo artist with a host of rocker-themed designs. And, the line might be a little long, but the wait is worth it! Caricature artist, Mike Altman, will Sharpie-sketch the faces of museum guests – free of charge! And for kids of all ages, there’s Guitar Hero, free guitar lessons, guitar pick jewelry-making and local bands Everything, Now! and Street Spirits, who will feed your appetite for live music!

Programming Saturday schedule

 12 – 2 p.m.
Learn guitar basics with professional guitar instructor, Benito DiBartoli

12 – 4 p.m.
Guitar pick jewelry, design a rock band poster, play Guitar Hero and test out different instruments at the Fender Guitar Corral.

12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Rock star caricatures and airbrush tattoos.

1p.m. – 3p.m.
Everything, Now! and Street Spirits take the stage.

Friday, July 19 – Sunday, July 21
Eiteljorg Museum to the Classroom: Stories of Diversity at the 2013 Indiana Black Expo
Indiana Convention Center, Wabash West Corridor, 100 S. Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis
Friday   Noon – 8 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. (Performance times: 11 a.m., 1p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m.)
Sunday Noon – 6 p.m. (Performance times: 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m.)

Families who gather in the Eiteljorg’s exhibition area, at the Indiana Black Expo, will get to hear the stories of explorer James Beckwourth and Mary Fields, the first African American woman to deliver the U.S. mail by stagecoach. Passionately delivered by local actress Joanna Winston, these stories of struggle, survival, strength and success will contradict stereotypes about some people of color who settled in the West in the 1800s. Both Beckwourth and Fields stories are a part of the Eiteljorg Museum to the Classroom program. Throughout the school year, the museum takes this program to Indianapolis-area schools to help students to see, hear and experience first-hand unexpected, multicultural stories of the West conveyed by African American actors/ interpreters.  

Saturday, July 20
Guitars! Acordes y Cuerdas Musicales de Las Americas
(Guitars! Strings and Chords from the Americas)
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Experience Latin guitar-playing and singing from several local artists as the Eiteljorg and NOPAL Cultural Center team up to feature performances by Amber and Esteban Martinez, founders of Meztil-Cultural de Indianapolis and Marvin Urroz, guitarist and singer-songwriter. Singer-songwriter, JT Sifuentes will emcee the event.

Guitar lessons, storytelling and curator tour schedule
Play the guitar!
Every Saturday
12 – 2 p.m.

Learn the basics from professional guitar instructor, Benito DiBartoli.

Every Saturday
Except July 6
1 p.m.

Meet Teresa Webb (Anishinaabe) and hear about Native American cultures through stories and songs, accompanied by flute, drum and rattle.

Stories of the West
Every Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday
1, 2 & 3 p.m.

Hear the amazing true stories of two prominent African Americans in the West, Stagecoach Mary Fields and mountain man, Jim Beckwourth, as told by actress and storyteller, Joanna Winston.

Contemporary art unveiled!
Saturday, June 8
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Join contemporary art curators as they unveil the mysteries of the contemporary art collection.
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

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