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Mission: IAIA Alumni Mission Statement: To empower and provide support by engaging alumni in the interest of sustaining and promoting the growth and development of the Institute of American Indian Arts.

Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) alumna Joy Harjo (Mvskoke Nation) ’68 has been appointed to serve a second term...
04/30/2020
Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)

Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) alumna Joy Harjo (Mvskoke Nation) ’68 has been appointed to serve a second term as the nation’s 23rd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2020-2021.

“It is an honor to serve a second term as poet laureate, especially during these times of earth transformation and cultural change. Poetry reminds us that we are connected beyond words, and to communicate through poetry has the potential to expand the conversation into wordless depths, to help us move collectively into fresh cultural vision. To get there in understanding, we begin with the roots. In this country, the roots are found in the poetry of the more than 500 living indigenous nations.”—Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) alumna Joy Harjo (Mvskoke Nation) ’68, who has been appointed to serve a second term as the United State's 23rd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2020-2021

Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) Chief Curator Manuela Well-Off-Man h...
04/30/2020
Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)

Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) Chief Curator Manuela Well-Off-Man highlighted five Native artists to watch from the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) Santa Fe Indian Market—four of which are alumni—including Anita Fields (Osage) ‘74, Terran Last Gun (Piikani) ‘16, Kelly Church (Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians) ‘96, Avis Charley (Spirit Lake Dakota/Diné) ‘18.

Here is a great ongoing series from Hyperallergic featuring curators and members from the Native arts community as they each highlight five Native artists they were looking forward to seeing at the 2020 Southwestern Association for Indian Arts SWAIA - Santa Fe Indian Market—now postponed until 2021.

In this first installment of the series, IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) Chief Curator Manuela Well-Off-Man highlighted a great group of Native artists with a wide-range of talents including Anita Fields (Osage) ‘74, Terran Last Gun (Piikani) ‘16, Kelly Church (Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians) ‘96, Avis Charley (Spirit Lake Dakota/Diné) ‘18, and Ryan Singer (Diné).

Here is the link to the IAIA Website where we have information and resources.
04/22/2020
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) > Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)

Here is the link to the IAIA Website where we have information and resources.

Information from the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) about the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) that includes a letter from the IAIA President, resource material, and other pertinent documentation.

U.S. Embassy Dublin
04/22/2020

U.S. Embassy Dublin

On the 50th anniversary of #EarthDay join us for an evening of poetry with U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, music with Aoife Scott and art with Chris Jordan

🗓️ Wednesday April 22
⏰ 7:30PM GMT
📺 facebook.com/usembassydublin/live

Greetings from IAIA Continuing Education,Please find attached information regarding an online class “Etsy Craft Entrepre...
04/20/2020

Greetings from IAIA Continuing Education,
Please find attached information regarding an online class “Etsy Craft Entrepreneurship” offered at no cost to artists and craftspeople to learn how to sell hand-made products online through the platform Etsy. This is an 8-hour class running for 4 sessions (2 hours each session) on Wednesdays from 10am-12pm through April 29, May 6, 13 and 20.
Unlike webinars, this is a live online class and will be limited to 12 participants. Please check out the course information and if you are interested please fill out the registration form by April 22, 2020.
Please click the link below for more information or contact Jonathan Breaker [email protected]. Thank you.

Course Information: https://www.nativebiz.org/etsy/

Register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1JkGQRs7kzxc0ZsW4LYpNQus-2fHj_fDLoQdJ4LbGLXQ/viewform?edit_requested=true

Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)
04/16/2020
Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)

Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)

Read about what the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) and IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) is doing to keep our community safe, healthy, and connected.

If you have a small business, please check out the resources on this page.
04/14/2020
Native Americans in Philanthropy

If you have a small business, please check out the resources on this page.

Amplifying The Voices of Tribal Communities in Response of COVID-19. Resources for tribal communities.

04/13/2020

**Deadline is in 2 Days

Fulcrum Fund to award $60,000 in emergency relief grants, providing $1,000 to 60 local artists who have lost income as a result of cancellations due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

http://www.516arts.org/opportunities/fulcrum-fund

Native Biz Q&A: Keri Ataumbi talks making art amid COVID-19 pandemic — Native News Online
04/13/2020
Native Biz Q&A: Keri Ataumbi talks making art amid COVID-19 pandemic — Native News Online

Native Biz Q&A: Keri Ataumbi talks making art amid COVID-19 pandemic — Native News Online

Tweet     SANTA FE, N.M. — Keri Ataumbi, owner of Ataumbi Metals, is one of the many countless entrepreneurs who’s swiftly recalibrating her life and business as the world hunkers down in hopes of flattening the COVID-19 curve. The metalsmith runs her jewelry and wearable-art business out of S...

Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)
04/12/2020

Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)

The Board of Trustees, faculty, and staff of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) and the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) offer our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Charmay Allred. Her legacy will live on in the countless Indigenous students and IAIA alumni she influenced with her kindness, generosity, and mentoring. For all her support and contributions to Indigenous arts and cultures, we honor her with a poem by Joy Harjo, IAIA alumna and twenty-third Poet Laureate of the United States 2019:

Eagle Poem

To pray you open your whole self
To sky, to earth, to sun, to moon
To one whole voice that is you.
And know there is more
That you can’t see, can’t hear;
Can’t know except in moments
Steadily growing, and in languages
That aren’t always sound but other
Circles of motion.
Like eagle that Sunday morning
Over Salt River. Circled in blue sky
In wind, swept our hearts clean
With sacred wings.
We see you, see ourselves and know
That we must take the utmost care
And kindness in all things.
Breathe in, knowing we are made of
All this, and breathe, knowing
We are truly blessed because we
Were born, and die soon within a
True circle of motion,
Like eagle rounding out the morning
Inside us.
We pray that it will be done
In beauty.
In beauty.

—Joy Harjo (Mvskoke Nation) ’68

For our surrounding artists. If you are in need of resources please check out this Artist Relief Fund.
04/06/2020
Culture Connects Coalition | City of Santa Fe, New Mexico

For our surrounding artists. If you are in need of resources please check out this Artist Relief Fund.

The Culture Connects Coalition is an artist relief fund to support arts and culture in all their expressions for the greater good of our community and constituents

Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)
03/30/2020
Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)

Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)

The #IAIATogetherApart website is now live! It was created to give voice to the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Community—a voice to help cope with the 2020 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and its effects on a community who largely relies on day-to-day physical interaction for learning, mentoring, and communicating. All IAIA Community members are eligible to submit their stories to the #IAIATogetherApart website, which includes staff, faculty, students, alumni, board members, parents and family members, other Tribal Colleges and Universities, AIHEC, and AICF. See togetherapart.iaia.edu/submit for criteria and guidelines.

Stories can be just that, a story, or perhaps a poem, a letter—from one word to 512 words. During this pandemic, the IAIA campus, located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is absent of your voice in its classrooms, hallways, walking paths, dorms, office spaces, buildings, and Café, but don’t let that stop you from vocalizing—share your voice, submit a story to #IAIATogetherApart.

After you submit a story, head over to Instagram and post photographs and videos using your story and the #IAIATogetherApart hashtag for a chance to be featured on IAIA’s social media.

#IAIATogetherApart was conceived and created by IAIA’s offices of Institutional Research (Dr. Bill Sayre, Anita Gavin, Jesse Morris) and Marketing and Communications (Jason S. Ordaz, Nicole Lawe). The website launched on Monday, March 30, 2020. For inquires, please contact [email protected].

Check out these awesome Webinars that IAIA will be offering.To register please follow the link, and pick the correspondi...
03/30/2020

Check out these awesome Webinars that IAIA will be offering.

To register please follow the link, and pick the corresponding webinar you're interested in.

https://www.nativebiz.org/event/working-with-art-galleries/…

**Notice: Unfortunately due to technical difficulties, the “Working with Art Galleries” had to be rescheduled to Friday, April 3 from 10:30-11:30am (Mountain Standard Time). Apologies for the inconvenience.

Check out these awesome Webinars that IAIA will be offering.

To register please follow the link, and pick the corresponding webinar you're interested in.

https://www.nativebiz.org/event/working-with-art-galleries/?fbclid=IwAR2tz-L2-1wLuos7cQtNhRMI6Rf_qKTJYwshwCBKM0BoJM4YR4_kJsUIyN8

The following is a letter from IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee Nation), regarding COVID-19 dated Thursday, Ma...
03/28/2020

The following is a letter from IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee Nation), regarding COVID-19 dated Thursday, March 26, 2020.

Up-to-date information about COVID-19 as it relates to IAIA and the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) can be viewed at www.iaia.edu/about/covid-19/.

The following is an important message from IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee Nation), regarding COVID-19 on Tue...
03/18/2020

The following is an important message from IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee Nation), regarding COVID-19 on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

For more information, visit www.iaia.edu/about/covid-19/.

“As we live through these unprecedented times and experience extraordinary change, please remember that your health and safety must be our highest priority. All of us must work together as a community to ensure our success in responding to this health emergency.”—IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee Nation)

Up-to-date information about COVID-19 as it relates to IAIA and the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) can be viewed at www.iaia.edu/about/covid-19/.

The following is an important message from IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin, regarding COVID-19 on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) and IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) will be closed through ...
03/17/2020

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) and IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) will be closed through Monday, April 6.

Up-to-date information about COVID-19 as it relates to IAIA and MoCNA can be viewed at www.iaia.edu/about/covid-19/.

As the number of positive Novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases grows in both New Mexico and throughout the United States, the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) is taking additional precautions to protect public health—our highest priority is keeping our students, faculty, and staff safe!

Up-to-date information about COVID-19 as it relates to IAIA and the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) can be viewed at www.iaia.edu/about/covid-19/.

The following is an important update from IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee Nation), regarding COVID-19 on Monday, March 16, 2020.

In light of recent situation in regards to COVID-19, here are some resources to help teachers, students, and artist who ...
03/13/2020
COVID-19 & Freelance Artists

In light of recent situation in regards to COVID-19, here are some resources to help teachers, students, and artist who are struggling in this time. This Could be help our IAIA Community. (It contains everything from emergency funding for artists to helpful tips for online learning.)

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources Welcome! This list is specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community. This includes, but is not limited to, actors, designers, producers, technicians, stage managers, musicians, composers, chor...

#FlashbackFriday to August 19, 2015 when Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) alumna, author, poet, and musician, Jo...
03/08/2020

#FlashbackFriday to August 19, 2015 when Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) alumna, author, poet, and musician, Joy Harjo (Mvskoke Nation) ’68, played a set for the Santa Fe Bandstand’s free summer music series in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico.

This #WomensHistoryMonth and #InternationalWomensDay we want to celebrate the women who are helping to pave the way for Native American and feminine voices alike, including Harjo, who was recently named the 23rd poet laureate of the United States—the first Native American to serve in the position.

Help us recognize the resilient women making a difference everyday—big and small—by telling us about a strong female in your life.

Photographs by Jason S. Ordaz

#FlashbackFriday to August 19, 2015 when Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) alumna, author, poet, and musician, Joy Harjo (Mvskoke Nation) ’68, played a set for the Santa Fe Bandstand’s free summer music series in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico.

This #WomensHistoryMonth and #InternationalWomensDay we want to celebrate the women who are helping to pave the way for Native American and feminine voices alike, including Harjo, who was recently named the 23rd poet laureate of the United States—the first Native American to serve in the position.

Help us recognize the resilient women making a difference everyday—big and small—by telling us about a strong female in your life.

Photographs by Jason S. Ordaz

Welcome to the 2020 Eliza So Fellowship
03/03/2020
Welcome to the 2020 Eliza So Fellowship

Welcome to the 2020 Eliza So Fellowship

We’re delighted to announce Submittable’s 2020 Eliza So Fellowship, supporting one Native American writer's book project with a residency in Missoula, MT.

"A head-spinning abstraction of colonialism and whitewashed mythology, “Sweet Land” has been described by its creators a...
02/28/2020
An Opera About Colonialism Shows How History Warps

"A head-spinning abstraction of colonialism and whitewashed mythology, “Sweet Land” has been described by its creators as “an opera that erases itself.”" NYTimes

Congratulations to our Alumnus Cannupa Hanska Luger '11, and to Raven Chacon for your amazing works in Sweet Land.

“Sweet Land,” in a Los Angeles park, is a parable for our time about Hosts and Arrivals.

02/20/2020
Cannupa Hanska

Cannupa Hanska

Three years in the making, the world premiere of SWEET LAND is finally here, opening Saturday, February 29 and running through March 15! Hear from the six members of the creative team on how and why this opera erases itself. We can't wait for you to experience this groundbreaking production!

The Industry presents Sweet Land, a Manifest Destiny opera that erases itself. Composed by Raven Chacon and Du Yun. Libretto by Aja Couchois Duncan and Douglas Kearney. Directed by Yuval Sharon and Cannupa Hanska Luger

Sweet Land
Feb 29 - Mar 15 2020
LA State Historic Park, DTLA.

Tickets available at www.sweetlandopera.com

Got paint?
02/19/2020
City seeks artists for ten new murals

Got paint?

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A number of Albuquerque walls are about to get a lot more colorful. It’s a partnership between the city and ‘MurosABQ’ an organization that showcas…

A groundbreaking exhibition finally tells the stories of Native women artists
02/17/2020
A groundbreaking exhibition finally tells the stories of Native women artists

A groundbreaking exhibition finally tells the stories of Native women artists

“Hearts of Our People” is the country’s first ever exhibition devoted solely to the works of Native American women. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts assembled the retrospective, which is currently at Nashville's Frist Art Museum and will visit Tulsa and Washington, D.C. in 2020. Jeffrey Brown...

Today is your last day to vote for new members of the Council.
01/30/2020
2019 Alumni Council Election > Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)

Today is your last day to vote for new members of the Council.

The Alumni Council will hold elections in November for three open seats. The Alumni Council is the principal representative of IAIA alumni and the primary forum for the exchange of alumni sentiment. The Council consists of 7 members who serve two-year terms. The Council meets four times a year with....

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Tribute to T.C. Cannon-Native American artist and Vietnam Vet.(Attended IAIA in 1964) Cannon’s art illustrated the complexities of contemporary Native American life as well as his ambivalence toward war. The song “Red, White and Blue” was inspired by the exhibit of Cannon’s work, titled “At the Edge of America"
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I just attended the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Alumni luncheon in Santa Fe New Mexico during the ninety-sixth annual South Western Indian Art Market. It is the first time I attended since graduating from IAIA as class valedictorian in 2015, I would say conservatively there were one hundred people attending and about twenty of them non-alumni. The president of IAIA mentioned at the podium it was the largest gathering thus far since the inception of the Alumni council back in 2014. As I sat amongst my contemporary and elder alumnus I knew I was in the presence of the most minuscule gathering of IAIA’s alumni even though it was mentioned as the largest. Where are the thousands of IAIA alumni dating back to 1962? How is the IAIA doing in regards to the training of our young Native students today? As an alumnus I am sure I don’t know for sure but my suspicions are neither does anyone else. The only ones who know are the ones who are teaching them. But we as alumni don’t get reports mailed to us from the IAIA board of directors, although we do get requests for monetary donations, go figure. How many instructors at IAIA actually have MFA credentials? And how many don’t? Well once again they don’t send out those reports to us alumni. It’s a shame that we send our youth to IAIA with no one watching out for them, just leaving them to sort it all out themselves. Somehow these young Native students are supposed to know what to expect for their money, their tuition. In most cases the money is coming from the federal government and scholarships, so you might say its not coming out of the student or their family’s pockets. What is really going on at IAIA and other tribal schools when it comes to tuition and recruiting students? Back in the day students who were interested in qualifying to attend the IAIA needed to submit a portfolio along with a degree of Indian blood, nothing major just some examples of where their talent and interest levels were in the beginning. Today students are not required to submit portfolios they are recruited in terms of the government subsidies their Certificates of Indian Blood will provide for the school. It is interesting that most of these students don’t come from New Mexico they come from most everywhere else, why is that? So where are all the Alumni of IAIA, how many of them left in debt, or just left due to no real interest in art. And of course those who left due to the poor curriculum and loss of major talented faculty in the last several years. This is the beginning of a Facebook blog that I will be publishing on a regular basis trying to figure out what is really going on at IAIA by and for the IAIA alumni. Join me as I investigate the world of Indian art education in the twenty-first century and explore as an outside entity how our native youth are involved as art students at IAIA. In the beginning there was no word for art, it was regarded as sort of a spiritual force or expression by most native cultures. Native people have been making beautiful things for adornment, spirituality, nobility, and day-to-day living implements from eons past. When we enter most art institutions today in the 21st century professors often ask students to describe what they think art means. By the time they finish six years of formal art training and depending on where they study will determine their worldviews on art and it’s meaning to them and their communities. Tune in next time and if you would like to submit your stories or thoughts on this subject it would be greatly appreciated. Mitakuye Oyasin Charles Rencountre Kul Wicasa Oyate IAIA Alumnus