The Eiteljorg is truly a place of amazing stories. From the diverse narratives of the West to the Indigenous cultures of North America, the Eiteljorg always has been a place to tell these stories and how they tie into many cultures. They are stories of the past. They are stories of the present. They are your stories.
Watch the video to learn more about Project 2021 and hear stories from our communities.
The museum now is in the home stretch of a $55 million capital / endowment campaign that is funding transformational changes to the museum’s galleries and programming spaces to provide visitors a more culturally enriching experience. We are at 85 percent of our goal, and we need your help to finish the last 15 percent! Through May 1, 2022, gifts of all sizes will help the Eiteljorg tell amazing stories for generations to come.
One of the things we’re most proud of at the Eiteljorg Museum is the way we include communities in developing projects with us, whether it’s an exhibition, program, or event.
The Eiteljorg finds its purpose in the art, history and cultures of the American West and Indigenous peoples of North America. But that’s just a stepping stone to a larger mission to bring diverse peoples from our communities together, educate and bring understanding to our shared heritage in impactful ways.
The Eiteljorg is a place of inclusion. It’s a place that represents the potential for conversations that we can have with the other. The Eiteljorg is about representation of all people and especially with Native people, I think. They’ve done a great job of giving us a platform to share a voice and to share our stories.
– Steven Yazzie (Diné / Laguna Pueblo), 2021 Eiteljorg Fellow, Denver, Colorado
Eiteljorg means community to me. It means unity, embracing – not just one culture but several cultures. It’s great to embrace and celebrate and learn about history, and the Eiteljorg is making a huge impact to educate the community. The Eiteljorg is willing to step up to the plate. They’re willing to take the risk. They’re willing to embrace other people. It’s important that the community continues to support it, donate and volunteer.
– Tammy Cooper, community leader, Eiteljorg Juneteenth Community Celebration collaborator
The Eiteljorg is a cultural center. It’s a place where all people locally come, but it’s also one of the best representations of who Indianapolis is and wants to be. This is the center of community cultural programming in the city. This is the place that community groups feel like they are welcomed to come and celebrate who they are. I’m really proud of that.
– Ernest Disney-Britton, Vice President for Community Impact and Investment, Arts Council of Indianapolis
We track each year people from Chicago, New York, LA, throughout Canada, throughout Germany, throughout the UK; they come to Indianapolis and a must-see is the Eiteljorg. It’s something that we’ll never take for granted because the Eiteljorg represents what’s best in Indianapolis, and that’s art and culture, that’s diversity, inclusivity, that’s a thriving art scene.
– Chris Gahl, Senior Vice President, Visit Indy
I’m from Mexico and there is a lot of Mexican heritage in the West. I’ve seen families bringing their kids to Día de Muertos at the Eiteljorg, and there’s joy in their faces. The parents are joyful to be in the museum, being able to go throughout the museum, being able to see our program, being able to have their kids do our activities. I’m very grateful for the Eiteljorg Museum giving me the opportunity to grow.
– Eduardo Luna, Arte Mexicano en Indiana, Nopal Cultural, Eiteljorg Día de Muertos collaborator
I think the Eiteljorg is one of the true gems of our arts and cultural community; not only the breadth and depth and importance of the collections, but their role as a cultural center — as a center of conversation, as a center for exploration, as a center for partnership and all the dimensions of diversity, equity, inclusion and access that it represents and I think exemplifies our community.
– Julie Goodman, President and CEO, Arts Council of Indianapolis
When I think about the museum and why I continue to give my time, talents, and treasures, it’s because that value of forward thinking aligns with who I am personally. It is about an openness and telling the stories of people who might feel like they’re generally on the outside looking in. I think the future of museum-going is this idea of giving credit to the original authors of the story.
– Jasmin French, Senior Manager for Program Development, Ethics and Compliance, Cummins Inc.
Thanks to generous donors and strong participation, many of the Eiteljorg’s goals have been achieved. Take a look at how far we’ve come, and explore the timeline of what’s in store.
If you’ve visited the Eiteljorg recently, you might have noticed portions of the museum are temporarily closed to visitors. The museum is in the process of transforming these spaces to dramatically improve your experience at the Eiteljorg. In the meantime, much of the museum remains open to visitors during construction, including some compelling new special exhibits.