Private and School Tours

We welcome individuals, schools, and groups to visit us for a guided tour! Tour our 3 galleries and learn about the artists and their work. Also, hear about the history of Native Americans in the Chicago area. Both private and school tours are available.

Ask us about a Student Craft Project -or- Short Film Screening for Adults

Rates: $5 per Adult, $3 per Student for Tour only – or – $5 per Student for Tour and Craft Activity

FREE for Chaperones / Parents / Teachers

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School Tour Information

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The Trickster Art Gallery (TAG) offers students, seniors and work diversity groups the chance to experience and participate in multicultural programming.  Our goal is to foster cultural acceptance and appreciation for the arts. We welcome all nationalities and backgrounds and feature exhibits of Native arts, as well as works from artists of all nationalities. Our facility is handicap accessible.

TAG welcomes students of all ages, from first grade to college. For over 8 years, TAG has offered curriculum-based tours for schools on Native American culture and history. In the last year, over 1,200 students have visited the TAG with class groups, summer camp groups, or independently with guardians and friends. Our goal is to have 1,500 students this year.

TAG offers a unique opportunity for students to learn about Native American culture and history through primary and secondary resources. Experiences at Trickster Art Gallery align with the Common Core State Standards, in particular the category of Integration of Knowledge and Ideas. See the section below for more information to help you plan a school tour.

Within TAG, we have created a permanent exhibit for students where they can explore Native American culture and history. Hands-on stations are paired with educational activities and programing, such as partnering with the Chicago Blackhawks’ to share the Native perspective and history behind their logo.

In our exhibit we have several Native American artifacts and primary sources to give students a first-hand experience of the American Indian culture. There is a Plains Indian-style handmade teepee where visitors can go inside and imagine how the Plains Indians lived. There is a hands-on exhibit of real Native American artifacts, including a Native drum and some dance regalia still used today in modern tribal ceremonies. Visitors can try their hand at playing a traditional drum and can learn about how such drums were, and still are, used in traditional powwows. In the center of the exhibit is a student-friendly floor map of the United States (25’ x 25’) labeling the traditional lands of the North American tribes, giving visitors an opportunity to visualize where all of the tribes were situated linguistically as they walk across the United States. Finally, there are future plans for adding a longhouse from the Midwestern tribes with informational posters to the exhibit to illustrate the other types of Native dwellings to compare with the teepee popularized by Hollywood. Included in the tour upon teacher’s request are arts and crafts activities and, weather permitting, a tour of our medicinal garden that contains plants indigenous to the Illinois area.

In addition to class tours, TAG offers workshops for teachers to gather background knowledge and activities for the classroom that they can incorporate into their curriculum. We have created a teacher’s curriculum guide with activities and discussion points to use when instructing their students about Native American culture and history. These activities can also be incorporated into a class visit to the Trickster Art Gallery or used after visiting as well.

The TAG Library is made up of hundreds of books authored by and about Native Americans designed for research and other educational opportunities. This diverse collection covers all of the regions of our country, from the Navajo of the South to the Ojibwe of the North to the Oneida of the East and the Paiute of the West. It includes informational and fictional text that students can read and incorporate into research projects. Visitors can quickly locate books on our digital cataloging system, as advised by the ALA Native Employee Group.

Also, there are future plans for a monthly workshop series where students can learn about the Native American culture and history first-hand from Native veterans, storytellers, artists, and musicians. With the right funding, this goal can quickly become a reality and allow us to bring educational programming to local schools that lack the financial means to travel on a field trip to Trickster Art Gallery. Also in the works is a possible summer tour program.