Project Reach

Red Earth’s new educational initiative Red Earth R-E-A-C-H (Resources for Educating in Arts, Culture & Heritage) is designed to significantly strengthen and expand our year-round educational programming and outreach. The multi-year program will focus on Red Earth’s permanent collection, changing exhibits and the Internet, combined with the phenomenal resources offered at the Red Earth Festival. Four major components included in this multi-faceted project are:

  • Curriculum design and development;
  • Interactive electronic kiosks in the Red Earth Museum;
  • Interactive educational presence on the Internet; and
  • Training for educators who plan to use the curriculum.

Content likely to be included in the project includes Native American Dance, Art, Music, Food, Life Ways and Tribal Government. The use of existing directories and maps of Oklahoma’s 39 federally recognized tribes, tribal cultural centers as well as Oklahoma Museums that feature Native American exhibits will also be included in the project.

Awarded a grant from the highly competitive Museums for America Grant Program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services will allow Red Earth to begin implementing portions of this educational project. Please contact Red Earth offices at (405) 427-5228 if you would like more information regarding this project.

Education Fact Sheet

Red Earth REACH is an outgrowth of an identified Vision and Goal during 2006 Strategic Planning effort.

Vision – Integrated year-long programming (Festival, education, Museum Exhibits) that is high quality, compelling, distinctive and constantly innovating.

Goal – Wide-range of innovative educational offerings and activities for diverse audiences that draw from and enhance each program area and are supported by strong, relevant partnerships. 

Red Earth REACH is Resources for Educating in Arts, Culture & Heritage and is designed to significantly strengthen and expand our year-round educational programming and outreach. 

An award of $81,289 from the highly competitive Museums for America Grant Program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services will allow Red Earth to begin implementing portions of this educational project that has a total budget of $225,000.

The multi-year program will focus on Red Earth’s permanent collection, changing exhibits and the Internet, combined with the phenomenal resources offered at the Red Earth Festival. Four major components included in this multi-faceted project are:

  • Curriculum design and development;
  • Interactive electronic kiosks in the Red Earth Museum;
  • Interactive educational presence on the Internet; and
  • Training for educators who plan to use the curriculum.

Red Earth staff and consultants will work with an advisory team of educators, librarians and other leaders in community learning to develop content from existing Red Earth resources. The REACH Advisory Team will design and develop the curriculum for presentation in the Museum kiosks and available through Red Earth’s website.

Content likely to be included in the project includes the 2007 Red Earth Centennial Exhibit, the Guardian & the Shield, Native American Dance, Art, Music, Food and Life Ways and Tribal Government. The project will also include existing directories and maps of Oklahoma’s 39 federally recognized tribes, tribal cultural centers and Oklahoma Museums that feature Native American exhibits.

Through a variety of media, Red Earth seeks to provide educational, art and cultural information to the general public. These include www.redearth.org, a quarterly newsletter, Museum activities for students, teachers & families during Native American Heritage Month, and development of special educational supplements with The Oklahoman.