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 Eric Davis, Marketing & Communications Director
505.424.2351, or 
Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Appoints Danyelle Means
Director of Institutional Advancement

SANTA FE: September 3, 2019

IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee) has announced the appointment of  Danyelle Means (Oglala Lakota) as the school's Director of Institutional Advancement -- additionally, she was also named Executive Director of the IAIA Foundation. In these roles, she will help work to further public understanding and recognition of IAIA and its important mission to empower creativity and leadership in Native Arts and cultures through higher education, life-long learning, and outreach. Danyelle started at IAIA on March 25, 2019 as the interim Director of Institutional Advancement.

Danyelle Means

Danyelle is an enrolled tribal member of the Oglala Lakota Nation of South Dakota. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and French from the University of South Dakota and will complete a Master of Arts in Museum Studies this summer from Marist College/Instituto Lorenzo de' M Medici, Florence, Italy.  Danyelle's professional experience includes working with the National Museum of American Indian (NMAI), Peabody Essex Museum, Marist College, and the Kupferberg Holocaust Center, Queensborough Community College CUNY, NY.  

President Martin remarked: " I am pleased to announced that Danyelle K. Means has been selected as IAIA's permanent Director of Institutional Advancement.  As our interim Director of Institutional Advancement for the past five months, Danyelle's commitment and enthusiasm to IAIA's mission and students have been instrumental in her successful work with the IAIA community, donors, boards, and foundations.  She has also provided exceptional leadership in planning for our annual gala to raise scholarship funds for our students."

To arrange an interview with Danyelle, please contact Eric Davis at 505.424.2351, or .

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Offering undergraduate degrees in Studio Arts, Creative Writing, Cinematic Arts and Technology, Indigenous Liberal Studies, Museum Studies, and Performing Arts -- an MFA in Creative Writing -- along with certificates in Business and EntrepreneurshipMuseum Studies, and Native American Art History -- IAIA is the only college in the nation dedicated to the study of contemporary Native arts. The school serves 495 full time equivalent (FTE) Native and non-Native American college students from across the globe.  IAIA is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission -- and is the only college in New Mexico accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design

About IAIA -- For over 50 years, the Institute of American Indian Arts has played a key role in the direction and shape of Native expression. With an internationally acclaimed college, museum, and tribal support resource through our Land Grant Programs, IAIA is dedicated to the study and advancement of Native arts and cultures -- and committed to student achievement and the preservation and progress of their communities.  Learn more about IAIA and our mission at .

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