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) Announces Fall 2019 Series of Continuing 
Education Classes

Santa Fe, NM. - September 3, 2019.

Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Continuing Education (CE) Program 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 CE formally recognizes learning by issuing Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and IAIA 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.

For Fall 2019, IAIA Continuing Education is offering a range of courses in professional development, personal enrichment and health and wellness. If you work within the creative and non-profit sectors, learn how to you can access funding by enrolling in Grant Writing for Artists and Non-Profit Professionals. Learn how to Self-Publish as a writer and author. Learn how to manage personal finances, grow your business and develop yourself as a professional artist.

Classes are affordable with experienced and knowledgeable instructors. Some recent comments from Continuing Ed students include:

" I enjoyed the content and the delivery that was communicated from the instructor. Because of this the class was fun and easily to be a part of."
"The instructor had good and fun energy."
"Keep up the good work. I am always interested to see the variety of the courses offered."

Fortunately, some Continuing Ed courses are offered at no cost thanks to the assistance of organizations such as the First Peoples Fund. For more information please refer to the website for more course/instructor information and registration -

Photo by Jason S. Ordaz. Courtesy of IAIA.

The classes are as follows:


Native Artist Professional Development Training
Training provided by the First Peoples Fund
Friday and Saturday, October 18 & 19
9:00am - 4:00pm each day
2 sessions
Cost: Free
CLE Commons, (2nd Floor) Center for Lifelong Education
For more information and to register, please call 505.424.2308 or visit First Peoples Fund website (choose the Santa Fe location).
Grant Writing for Arts and Non-Profit Sector Professionals
Instructor: Melanie Buchleiter
Mondays and Wednesdays, October 28 - November 25.
8 sessions
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Cost: $39
Conference Room 2, Center for Lifelong Education (CLE)
Journey into Entrepreneurship
Instructor: Mark Thomas (Choctaw Descendant), IDRS Inc
Friday, November 15
9:00am - 3:45pm
Cost: $10
CLE Commons, (2nd Floor) Center for Lifelong Education
Financial Pathways
Instructor: Mark Thomas(Choctaw Descendant), IDRS Inc
Saturday, November 16
9:00am - 3:45pm
Cost: Free
CLE Commons, (2nd Floor) Center for Lifelong Education

Personal Care and Traditional Plant Medicines
Instructor: Arianna Johnny-Wadsworth (Coast Salish)
Friday, September 27
10:00am - 12:00pm
Cost: $10
Conference Room 1, Center for Lifelong Education (CLE)

Learning Choctaw Stickball
Instructor: Brenner Billy (Choctaw)
Friday, October 4
10:30am - 3:30pm
Cost: $5
Dance Circle, and Conference Room 2,Center for Lifelong Education (CLE)

Self-Publishing 101
Instructor: Carol MacLeod
Fridays - November 1, 8, 15, & 22
4 sessions
9:00am - 2:00pm
Cost: $29

Conference Room 2, Center for Lifelong Education (CLE)

For directions and a map of the campus, please visit

Thank you
IAIA Continuing Education has partnered with several individuals and organizations to bring forth some of the courses and workshops offered this summer. Special thanks to the First Peoples Fund and all the instructors that have agreed to teach this Fall.

How to Register

Please register online. Classes are available on a first come, first served basis. Register early as seats are limited. See course information for any costs associated with each course.

Ways to register:
To earn IAIA Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and IAIA Continuing Education Digital Badges, participants must register and fully participate in courses and course work. CEU Transcripts will be provided at a cost of $5 per transcript. Digital badges will be issued for courses completed.

Note: If you can't attend your courses for any reason, please advise the CE Manager so your seat can be available for another participant. Class times and locations may change without notice. For up-to-date information, please always refer to the IAIA Continuing Education online course listing . We reserve the right to cancel, reschedule or combine classes and to change instructors when necessary.

Refund Policy

Registration fees are refunded in full when:
  • the class or workshop is full
  • the activity is cancelled
  • IAIA Continuing Education rejects the registration application
You can request a refund by contacting the IAIA Continuing Education Manager by phone, by email, or in person, prior to the first class (see contact information below). No refunds will be provided after the first class, no exceptions please. Please allow up to four weeks to process refunds.

Photo by Jason S. Ordaz. Courtesy of IAIA.

Partner with Continuing Education
If your organization would like to partner with IAIA CE to provide CEUs and 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:  

If you have any questions or would like more information, please email or call 505.424.2308.

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Offering undergraduate degrees in Studio Arts, Creative Writing, Cinematic Arts and Technology, Indigenous Liberal Studies, and Museum Studies -- a minor in 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 517 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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