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The Mid-America All-Indian offers an exciting hands-on Educational Outreach Program to school and educational groups throughout the city of Wichita and surrounding areas. For groups of 10 or more who are unable to make the trip to our museum and cultural center we are excited to bring our education program to you. Our Education Coordinator will give an interactive lesson using our mobile hands-on collection demonstrate how items transition from their natural state into everyday tools, clothing, musical instruments, and accessories. This program allows students to get a firsthand look and experience into American Indian life through the​ large variety of items we have in our hands-on collection including: skins, bones, jewelry, games, pottery, instruments, tools, corn grinding, and clothing.

For Upper Level Grades, a 15-30 minute PowerPoint lecture and presentation on the Mid-America All-Indian Center and Museum can be added to this program.​

Teachers can also add one or more craft activity for an additional fee per student for each item. Crafts include a medicine wheel bracelet or corn husk doll, craft activity fees vary per item and range between $1.00 and $2.00.

Our Educational Outreach programs are for groups of 10 or more only, and must be booked at least 2 weeks in advance. 

Please contact ​Education Coordinator, Crystal Flannery-Bachicha, for prices and additional information at (316) ​350-3345 or CBachicha@wichita.gov.​​​​
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Meet Blackbear Bosin: The Man Behind the Keeper

Program Cost: $50

This one-hour outreach program brings the MAAIC's permanent exhibit "Tsate Kongia: Walking in Two Worlds" to you! Learn about the American Indian artist Blackbear Bosin, the person responsible for creating the Keeper of the Plains statue, a Wichita landmark. Watch a shortened version of the film created for the exhibit, followed by a presentation on the largest publicly displayed collection of Bosin's work, held at the MAAIC.​​​​​

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Indians in Aviation: Wichita's American Indian Community Ties

Program cost: $50

This one-hour outreach program brings the movie "Indians in Aviation" to you! Learn about the experiences of American Indians in Wichita during World War II and the community that formed during the 20th century in the Air Capital of the World. There will be time for a Q and A​​ session after the movie to help expand your knowledge or our diverse American Indian community.​​​​

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MAAIC Comes for a Visit

Program cost: $50

The Mid-America All-Indian Center offers the MAAIC Comes for a Visit program to elder and retirement groups ONLY throughout the city of Wichita and surrounding areas. For groups of 10 or more elders who are unable to make the trip to our museum and cultural center we will gladly bring the experience to you. Through a PowerPoint presentation and lecture on the MAAIC and American Indians, and interactive program using items from our hands-on collection, participants learn more about Wichita's rich American Indian history and who we are today.​​​​​

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MAAIC on the Go

Program cost: ​​$4/student

The Mid-America All-Indian Center offers our exciting MAAIC on the Go program to school and educational groups throughout the city of Wichita and surrounding areas. For groups of 10 or more students who are unable to make the trip to our museum and cultural center we will gladly bring the experience to you. Our Education Coordinator will give an interactive lesson using our hands-on collection and PowerPoint presentation to talk about how items transformed from their natural state into everyday tools, clothing, musical instruments, and accessories throughout Indian history. This program allows students to get a firsthand look into American Indian life through experiencing the large variety of items we have in our hands on collection including: skins, bones, jewelry, games, pottery, instruments, tools, corn grinding, and clothing. It is also perfect for 5th graders to learn more about Americans first people by discussing creation stories, housing and artifacts.​​

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Jingle Dancer Program

Program cost: $4/student

The Mid-America All-Indian Center is excited to offer our Jingle Dancer Program. This educational outreach program is aimed at 2nd grade classes throughout the state of Kansas. At the end of each year, many 2nd grade students read Jingle Dancer by Cynthia Leitich Smith. This book tells the story of Jenna, a contemporary Muscogee (Creek) girl in Oklahoma, who wants to honor a family tradition by jingle dancing at the next powwow, but is not sure if she will find enough jingles for her dress in time.​

We are excited to bring this story to life at your school! Using a youth size jingle dress and a PowerPoint presentation, students can compare and contrast different American Indian powwow regalia, some of which are represented in the story. Additionally, students can learn about the two different styles of Jingle Dancing and other ceremonial dances performed at powwows through an interactive presentation facilitated by our Education Coordinator, incorporating other books and photographs from our collection. Finally, students can experience firsthand some of the items used at the powwow and in everyday American Indian life through our hands-on collection.​​

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Lunch and Listen

Program cost: $50

This unique program is aimed at groups looking for educational presentations during your businesses lunch hour or as an option for diversity training. This program comes to your site and offers a 20-30 minute PowerPoint lecture and presentation on our cultural center and museum, and a chance to see some of the items we have on display with our mobile hands-on collection.​​​​​