About the Exhibit

The United States is in the middle of a crisis that is impacting families and communities with Indiana at the epicenter: opioid use disorder.

At the Indiana State Museum, we invite our visitors to learn about this crisis and be a part of the solutions through our exhibit “FIX: Heartbreak and Hope Inside Our Opioid Crisis,” open Feb. 1, 2020 through Aug. 1, 2021. This exhibit works to reduce the stigma surrounding opioid use disorder and build empathy through art, personal stories and trustworthy information about the science behind the disorder. Students are affected by this crisis – and they can also be part of the solutions. Throughout the exhibit, they’ll explore interactives about brain chemistry, how cravings work and more. They can experience interactive artwork and see photos of recovery by Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Bill Foley, taken specifically for this exhibit. Before leaving, students will have access to resources and learn what they can do to make a difference in their own communities.

There is hope within this crisis. Your students can be a part of it.

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INDIANA ACADEMIC STANDARDS

The FIX exhibit and related program experiences connect with the following Indiana Academic Standards but may connect with additional classroom curriculum.

English 6-12 – RN.4, RV.4, SL.3
Biomedical Sciences – Domain 1, Domain 2
Anatomy and Physiology – Core Standard 10
Physical Education High School – Stress
Health and Wellness – Grades 6-8 – Standard 1, 2, 3, 4, 8
Health and Wellness – Grades 9-12 – Standard 1, 2, 3, 4, 8

PREVIEW THE EXHIBIT

We invite teachers to visit this exhibit so you can share the information and resources with your students. As a reminder, all accredited K-12 educators receive free admission with their valid teacher ID.

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Virtual Programs

Registration is now open for these programs and will occur on weekdays through September 29, 2021.
Geared towards grades 6 – 12
These programs are free for a limited time thanks to the generous support of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration – Division of Mental Health and Addiction through the State Opioid Response Grant

Connect your students to FIX: Heartbreak and Hope Inside Our Opioid Crisis from the safety of your classroom. Indiana State Museum is excited to offer five virtual program modules that cover content in the exhibit. Each module includes a virtual, interactive, 60-minute program led by museum staff. Each program is paired with a kit of materials, an educator guide, and pre- and post-visit activities to extend the learning beyond the program.

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Power of Words and Reducing Stigma

The words we use have power. They can lift and encourage or break someone down. Reflecting on the words we use to describe people and situations; how can we shift what we say? How can we reduce stigma when we change our word choice? Explore words, their power and your ability to reduce stigma in your own community.

Indiana Academic Standards: English 6.RN.4.2, 7.RN.4.2, 8.RN.4.2, 9-10.RN.4.2, 6.RV.1, 7RV.1, 8.RV.1, 6.RV.3.2, 7.RV.3.2, 9-10.RV.3.2, 6.SL.2.1, 7.SL.2.1, 8.SL.2.1, 6.SL.2.2, 7.SL.2.2, 8.SL.2.2, 6.SL.3.1, 7.SL.3.1, 8.SL.3.1, 6.ML.2.1, 7.ML.2.1, 7.ML.2.2, Health and Wellness 6-8 – 8.2.3, 8.2.5, 8.2.7, 8.2.8, 8.3.2, 8.4.4, 9-12 – 12.2.3, 12.2.4, 12.2.5, 12.2.7

What Good is Pain? 

Why do we feel pain? What would happen if we couldn’t feel pain? Explore how pain is used to help us and how it is processed in our body. We’ll also investigate what happens when pain relievers are introduced and the way pain has been managed throughout history.

Indiana Academic Standards: English 6.RN.4.2, 7.RN.4.2, 8.RN.4.2, 9-10.RN.4.2, 6.RV.1, 7RV.1, 8.RV.1, 6.RV.3.2, 7.RV.3.2, 9-10.RV.3.2, 6.SL.2.1, 7.SL.2.1, 8.SL.2.1, 6.SL.2.2, 7.SL.2.2, 8.SL.2.2, 6.SL.3.1, 7.SL.3.1, 8.SL.3.1, 6.ML.2.1, 7.ML.2.1, 7.ML.2.2, Indiana Studies IS.1.31, Human Body Systems – HBS1.2, HBS.1.6, HBS.2.3, HBS.2.4, HBS.2.6, Anatomy and Physiology – AP.6.3, Health and Wellness 6-8 – 8.1.1, 8.1.8, 8.3.2, 9-12 – 12.1.8

Children Interacting with Fix Exhibit
Guests Interacting with Fix Exhibit

Be an Agent of Change - How to Help Yourself and Others 

How does our brain process stress and emotion? Finding healthy ways to handle stress is important. Explore a few ways that can be helpful in identifying personal stressors and healthy methods to handle it. Music, art, writing, exercise and even sharing and actively listening are just a few ways that you can help yourself and others.

Indiana Academic Standards: English 6.RN.4.2, 7.RN.4.2, 8.RN.4.2, 9-10.RN.4.2, 6.RV.1, 7RV.1, 8.RV.1, 6.RV.3.2, 7.RV.3.2, 9-10.RV.3.2, 6.SL.2.1, 7.SL.2.1, 8.SL.2.1, 6.SL.2.2, 7.SL.2.2, 8.SL.2.2, 6.SL.3.1, 7.SL.3.1, 8.SL.3.1, 6.ML.2.1, 7.ML.2.1, 7.ML.2.2, Physical Education High School – HSL1.3.6.A, HSL2.3.6.A, Health and Wellness 6-8 – 8.1.2, 8.1.4, 8.1.4, 8.1.7, 8.1.8, 8.2.3, 8.2.4, 8.2.9, 8.3.2, 8.4.4, 8.4.6, 9-12 – 12.1.8, 12.2.3, 12.2.4, 12.2.5, 12.2.7

Brain Chemistry

How do neurons communicate and what happens when a message doesn’t get through? Explore this process through hands-on activities that will get your students thinking, talking and moving.

Indiana Academic Standards: English 6.RN.4.2, 7.RN.4.2, 8.RN.4.2, 9-10.RN.4.2, 6.RV.1, 7RV.1, 8.RV.1, 6.RV.3.2, 7.RV.3.2, 9-10.RV.3.2, 6.SL.2.1, 7.SL.2.1, 8.SL.2.1, 6.SL.2.2, 7.SL.2.2, 8.SL.2.2, 6.SL.3.1, 7.SL.3.1, 8.SL.3.1, 6.ML.2.1, 7.ML.2.1, 7.ML.2.2, Indiana Studies IS.1.31, Human Body Systems – HBS1.2, HBS.1.6, HBS.2.3, HBS.2.4, HBS.2.6, Anatomy and Physiology – AP.6.3, Health and Wellness 6-8 – 8.1.1, 8.1.8, 8.3.2, 9-12 – 12.1.8

Guests Interacting with Fix Exhibit
Guests Interacting with Fix Exhibit

Social Justice

How do race, gender, and social class play a role in the opioid crisis? We’ll explore how they can impact access to healthcare, how doctors perceive the patient and their health issues, the ability to receive treatment as well as the quality of treatment and finally legal ramifications. We’ll learn what activists and individuals in the medical and legal communities are doing to combat this problem.

Indiana Academic Standards: English 6.RN.4.2, 7.RN.4.2, 8.RN.4.2, 9-10.RN.4.2, 6.RV.1, 7RV.1, 8.RV.1, 6.RV.3.2, 7.RV.3.2, 9-10.RV.3.2, 6.SL.2.1, 7.SL.2.1, 8.SL.2.1, 6.SL.2.2, 7.SL.2.2, 8.SL.2.2, 6.SL.3.1, 7.SL.3.1, 8.SL.3.1, 6.ML.2.1, 7.ML.2.1, 7.ML.2.2, Indiana Studies IS.1.26, IS.1.30, Indiana Studies IS.1.36, Health Science Education I – HSEI-3.2, HSEI-3.5, Health and Wellness 6-8 – 8.1.7, 8.2.5, 8.2.7, 8.3.2, 9-12 – 12.1.5, 12.2.5, 12.2.7, 12.2.10, 12.3.3

Special thanks

FSSA
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