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Scottsdale's Museum of the West debuts new exhibit

Edward S. Curtis Native American photo exhibition
Western Spirit, Scottsdale's Museum of the West
Photographs of Native Americans from Edward S. Curtis, on display at Western Spirit, Scottsdale's Museum of the West.

Museums — like so many other arts and culture organizations — have weathered a tough storm for the last year and a half as the pandemic raged. Most were closed to the public for months on end, often trying to pivot to online exhibitions that don’t hold the same weight.

It was tough for even legacy museums in our community. But for newer museums, like Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, it was even harder to keep funds in the coffers.

The Museum of the West recently reopened its doors with a new exhibition. The Show spoke with its executive director, James Burns, to learn about it.

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Lauren Gilger, host of KJZZ's The Show, is an award-winning journalist whose work has impacted communities large and small, exposing injustices and giving a voice to the voiceless and marginalized.