The High Desert Museum brings together art, cultures, history and the natural world to convey the wonder of North America’s High Desert. Now in nearly its 40th year, the Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, is a Smithsonian Affiliate, was a 2018 finalist for the National Medal for Museum and Library Services and was the 2019 recipient of the Western Museums Association’s Charles Redd Award for Exhibition Excellence.
The Roundhouse Foundation has played a meaningful role over the past 15 years in supporting the development of new arts programming and educational initiatives, including those that share Indigenous knowledge and perspectives. The Foundation also helped sustain the Museum during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Roundhouse Foundation is honored to support the High Desert Museum’s long-term vision for the future with a $6 million grant, which includes more capacity for educational programming, immersive experiences to bring visitors into the forest canopy, and, in collaboration with Tribal partners, an update of the Museum’s permanent exhibition on the past and present of the Indigenous people of the Columbia Plateau.
The Bend Bulletin reported on this Central Oregon collaboration in February 2021. Read the article here.