As one of the Heard Museum Board of Trustees newest members, Nadine Mathis Basha looks forward to serving in this capacity and upholding the museum’s mission to be the world’s preeminent museum for the presentation, interpretation and advancement of American Indian art, emphasizing its intersection with broader artistic and cultural themes.
As a former teacher, Nadine has spent her adult life as an education proponent advocating for Arizona’s children. She has served on numerous boards and committees in conjunction with state and community agencies, the Governor’s Office and ASU. Nadine also served on the State Board of Education and was one of the visionaries who launched a successful statewide ballot initiative, First Things First, implementing high-quality early childhood systems that support the development, health and early education of children birth through age 5 to ensure that all of Arizona’s children are ready to succeed in school and in life.
“The roles of education and museums are quite synonymous; both are significantly impactful upon our communities. They enrich, empower, and encourage the exploration of history, cultures, sciences, visual and performing arts, music and philosophy. Under its roof, the Heard Museum, a Smithsonian affiliate, is an amalgamation of those components by serving young and old alike thru extensive programming, exhibitions and festivals. Hopefully I will contribute as much as I have learned from the museum through the years,” offered Nadine.