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 Spring 2020 Series of Continuing 
Education Classes

Santa Fe, NM. - February 25, 2020.

For Spring 2020, IAIA Continuing Education is offering a range of courses in clothing and textiles, arts and culture, writing, professional development, personal enrichment, and health and wellness.
The use of blankets or shawls are a staple part of clothing and textiles in all Native cultures. This semester, fashion designer and IAIA alumna Patricia Michaels (Taos Pueblo '89), will offer her expertise in design as she helps participants custom design their own blankets or shawls. For those with an entrepreneurial spirit, there will be a free artist and entrepreneurial webinar series focusing on providing useful and practical skills for artists and small business owners. There are four webinars, including an introduction on how to use Quickbooks, how best to work with art galleries, how to develop Facebook social media marketing strategies, and an introduction on best practices using Etsy, an online e-commerce website. Also, for those looking for easy and affordable access to a local fitness facility, the IAIA Fitness Center will be available during Open Hours for Spring 2020 upon enrollment to the Introduction to Fitness class. The class serves as an orientation to the facility and a way to get the most out of an exercise routine.

"As always, this semester's classes are affordable with experienced and knowledgeable instructors that come from our own IAIA community, including staff, faculty, alumni, and current students. I am looking forward to seeing familiar faces and new ones too among this semesters students. Enjoy your classes!"
Jonathan Breaker (Blackfoot/Cree), IAIA Continuing Education Manager

Patricia Michaels (Taos Pueblo)

The classes are as follows:

Clothing and Textiles
Designing Custom Blankets or Shawls with Patricia Michaels
Instructor: Patricia Michaels (Taos Pueblo), IAIA Alumna '89
Introduction - Friday, April 10, 6:00pm-9:00pm (Mountain Standard Time)
Workshop - Saturdays (April 11, 18, 25, and May 2), 1:00pm-5:00pm
Cost: $300 (cost includes materials and tools)

Health and Wellness
IAIA Fitness Center Access with Introduction to Fitness Class
Upon enrollment, this class permits you access to the IAIA Fitness Center during Open Hours from February 25 to May 15. Registration includes an "Introduction to Fitness" class as an orientation to the center, staff, and provides instruction on how to get the most out of an exercise routine.
Instructor: Robert Orozco (Pueblo of Pojoaque)
Wednesday, February, 25, 5:00pm-6:00pm (Mountain Standard Time)
Cost: $35
Trekking the Valles Caldera
Instructors: Bill Sayre and Anita Gavin
Friday, June 12.
8:30am-3:30pm (Mountain Standard Time)
Cost: Free

Professional Development
Spring Webinar Series
Quickbooks for Small Business
Instructor: Mark Thompson (Choctaw Descent), IDRS Inc.
Friday, February 21.
10:30am-11:30am (Mountain Standard Time)
Cost: Free

Working with Art Galleries
Instructor: Melissa Malero-Moose, (Northern Paiute), IAIA Alumna '97
Friday, March 27.
10:30am-11:30am (Mountain Standard Time)
Cost: Free

Facebook Marketing for Artists
Instructors: MaryBeth Timothy (Cherokee) and Lynn Wilson (Cherokee)
Friday, April 17.
10:30am-11:30am (Mountain Standard Time)
Cost: Free

Selling Your Art Through Etsy
Instructor: MaryBeth Timothy (Cherokee)
Friday, May 29.
10:30am-11:30am (Mountain Standard Time)
Cost: Free

Applying for Artist Residencies
Instructor: Andrea Hanley (Navajo)
Saturday, March 7
1:00pm-2:30 (Mountain Standard Time)
Cost: $14

Personal Enrichment
Indigenous Fashion: 1940s to Present
Instructor: Amber-Dawn Bear Robe (Siksika/Blackfoot)
Tuesdays and Thursdays (May 19, 21, 26, 28)
6:30pm-7:15pm (Mountain Standard Time)
Cost: $25

Indigenous Languages in Latin America
Instructor: Andres Sabogal
Mondays and Wednesdays (March 23, 25, 30, and April 1)
6:00pm-7:30pm (Mountain Standard Time)
Cost: $34

Growing Food in the Southwest
Instructor: Teresa Quintana (Kiowa)
Saturdays (April 11, 18, 25, and May 2)
9:00am-12:00pm (Mountain Standard Time)
Cost: $15

Arts and Culture
3D Stereoscopic Photography: History and Image-Making
Instructor: Jason S. Ordaz
Saturday, May 2.
10:00am-2:00pm  (Mountain Standard Time)
Cost: $24

Creative Writing
Book Promotion Your Way
Instructor: Carol MacLeod, IAIA MFA Class of 2020
Saturdays (March 21 and 28)
1:00pm-4:00pm  (Mountain Standard Time)
Cost: $34

Indigenous Spoken Word: Bring Poems to the Stage
Instructor: Roanna Shebal a (Diné), IAIA MFA Class of 2021
Tuesdays and Thursdays (March 31, April 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23)
6:00pm-7:30pm (Mountain Standard Time)
Cost: $15

Discount to IAIA Affiliated Individuals
Discounts available for those affiliated with IAIA, including employees, faculty, current students, and alumni. Please use the coupon code "IAIA" to pay for IAIA Continuing Education courses when prompted as you register online. The discount is ONLY available when paying online, so you must register through the Continuing Education website. No exceptions.

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:
  • Online:
  • In-person with Continuing Education Manager (2nd Floor, Center for Lifelong Education).
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.
Class times and locations may change without notice. For up-to-date information, please always refer to the IAIA Continuing Education online course listings. We reserve the right to cancel , reschedule, or combine classes and to change instructors when necessary.
Thank you
IAIA Continuing Education has partnered with several individuals and organizations to bring forth some of the courses and workshops offered this Spring. Special thanks to all the instructors that have agreed to teach this Spring, including staff, faculty, students, and alumni.

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 Education 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.

Photo by Jason S. Ordaz. Courtesy of IAIA.

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 .
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please email  or phone 505.424.2308.
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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 405 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
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