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For Immediate Release



Eric Davis, Marketing & Communications Director
505.424.2351, or

Jonathan Breaker (Blackfoot/Cree), Continuing Education Manager
505.424.2308, or 
Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) 
Fall 2020 Continuing Education Courses

Santa Fe: September 15, 2020

IAIA Continuing Education is once again offering a full semester of online classes and workshops this Fall. The semester features unique and affordable educational offerings, including live, local and online classes, and webinars. There are also free classes available offered on a first come, first served basis. Please check out the course listings

Highlights include professional development classes, especially for those that work in the creative, non-profit, and cultural fields -- including "Protecting Your Intellectual Property Online", "Marketing with Instagram and Canva", and "Grant Writing for Arts and Non-Profit Sector Professionals". For anyone interested in learning more about Indigenous art, Amber-Dawn Bear Robe (Siksika), IAIA Faculty, will teach her class "International Indigenous Art" -- which provides an overview of Indigenous art and artists from countries such as the United States, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. Also offered are classes in writing, health and wellness (focusing on traditional foods and cooking), and more personal enrichment classes.
IAIA Continuing Education classes are particularly useful and interesting for students, here's what a few had to say:
"By the end, the course helped me feel confident about marketing online."
Best Practices for Selling at Online Art Markets Class Student - 7/21/20
"The introduction to the work of so many designers through photos and where to find more about them. Also liked that it was during my lunch hour so I could attend."
Indigenous Fashion: 1940s to Present Student - 7/30/20
"Well organized and clear -- fun too!"
       Podcasting 101 Student - 7/29/20
If you missed a previous webinar, a selection has been posted to the IAIA website or you can view them on Vimeo ( These recordings are offered at no cost -- titles include: "Podcasting 101", "Facebook Marketing for Artists", "Quickbooks for Small Business", and "Best Practices for Selling at Online Art Markets".

Fall 2020 offerings include:
Professional Development
Online Classes
Pathways into Business - Instructors: Mark Thomas (Choctaw Descendant) and Lynn Wilson (Cherokee)
Grant Writing for Arts and Non-Profit Sector Professionals - Instructor: Melanie Buchleiter
Protecting Your Intellectual Property Online - Instructor: Robert Martinez (Northern Arapaho/Chicano)
Marketing with Instagram and Canva - Instructor: Roxanne Best (Colville Tribe)
Building Your Home Recording Studio - Instructor: Roman Orona (Apache)
Business of Performance Art - Instructor: Roman Orona

Personal Enrichment
Online Classes
International Indigenous Art - Instructor: Amber-Dawn Bear Robe (Siksika Blackfoot)
Introduction to Acoustic Ecology - Instructor: Justin Brierley
Learning Our Languages - An Indigenous Language Learning Support Course - Instructor: Chelsea Hicks (Osage), IAIA Alumna

Health and Wellness
Traditional Foods and Cooking: Healthy Drinks - Instructor: Monique Sonoquie (Chumash/Tongva/Yaqui)
Traditional Foods and Cooking: Healthy Snacks - Instructor: Monique Sonoquie 
Traditional Foods and Cooking: Healthy Meals - Instructor: Monique Sonoquie 
Journaling into Creative Non-Fiction - Instructor: Byron Aspass (DinĂ©), IAIA Alum
Book Promotion Your Way - Instructor: Carol MacLeod, IAIA Alumna
How to Register
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, registration is only available online:

IAIA Continuing Education web page -
If there are any technical problems registering, please contact (please include details and/or screenshot). Classes are available on a first come, first served basis.  Register early as seats are limited.
By registering you are committing to attend all listed class days and times. If you cannot attend for any reason, please contact Continuing Education so your seat may be reassigned to someone on the wait list. Online classes and webinars will be offered using various online platforms -- please ensure you have a good internet connection and an adequate personal computer or device. Class times may change without notice. We reserve the right to cancel, reschedule, or combine classes and to change instructors when necessary.
Continue Your Education with IAIA
Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Continuing Education is committed to providing comprehensive training and adult education for the advancement and growth in workforce skills, lifelong learning, and empowerment through community-based learning opportunities. IAIA Continuing Ed formally recognizes learning by issuing Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and IAIA Digital Badges to participants that have completed CE courses, workshops, or training sessions. CEUs and Badges are also offered for educational programming presented by external organizations across the country. IAIA CE Badges are also a means to recognize learning and can be utilized in resumes, posted to social media, and shared across online platforms.
Partner with IAIA Continuing Education
If your organization would like to partner with IAIA Continuing Education to provide CEUs and Digital Badges at your training events or if you would like to suggest or teach a course, please fill out the online form on the IAIA website at:

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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 Entrepreneurship, Museum 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 approximately 500 full time equivalent (FTE) Native and non-Native American college students from across the globe.  IAIA is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
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