For Immediate Release

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Patsy Phillips, Director, IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts
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Institute of American Indian Arts
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA)
Named One of Twenty Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Cultural Treasures in America by the Ford Foundation

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IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

Santa Fe, New Mexico: September 29, 2020

The Ford Foundation named the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) one of 20 Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Cultural Treasures in America. The 20 organizations are: Alaska Native Heritage Center, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Apollo Theater, Arab American National Museum, Ballet Hisp├ínico, Charles H. Wright Museum, Dance Theater of Harlem, East West Players, El Museo del Barrio, IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Japanese American National Museum, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, Museum of Chinese in America,  National Museum of Mexican Art, Penumbra Theatre, Project Row Houses, Studio Museum in Harlem, Urban Bush Women, and Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience.

"America's Cultural Treasures" acknowledges and honors the twenty organizations vital contributions to the diversity of expression and excellence in America and brings greater recognition to a group of organizations that have been impactful, despite historically limited resources and funding streams. They, along with others, represent the cultural heritage and creativity of communities that have been historically marginalized, underfunded, and under-represented in the narrative of American culture.

Led by an initial investment of $50 million from the Ford Foundation - with leadership support from Bloomberg Philanthropies and Barbara and Amos Hostetter, and additional support from the Abrams Foundation, Alice L. Walton Foundation, and Tom and Lisa Blumenthal - the national component of the initiative will provide $81 million in operational and general support funds to an initial cohort of 20 organizations that are significant national anchors for artistic and cultural diversity in America. National grants will range in size from $1 to 6 million -- representing a significant portion of each institution's operating budget. In addition to the grant funds each grantee will receive up to $100,000 for organizational capacity building - particularly in key areas including digital strategies and other needs.

Patsy Phillips

Museum Director Patsy Phillips (Cherokee) commented, "MoCNA is honored to receive this national recognition and award, and to be included in the 20 BIPOC organizations selected. I have had relationships with program officers of the Ford Foundation my entire career and they have always been supportive of the Indigenous art organizations I have worked with over the past 25 years, including Atlatl, Inc., the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian and the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts.  Museum staff is excited to join this cohort of important BIPOC organizations and through this support look forward to finding new and different ways to advance contemporary Native arts and cultures."

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About The Ford Foundation:
The Ford Foundation is an independent, nonprofit grant-making organization. For more than 80 years it has worked with courageous people on the frontlines of social change worldwide, guided by its mission to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement. With headquarters in New York, the foundation has offices in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.

About IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

The mission of the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) is to advance contemporary Native art through exhibitions, collections, public programs, and scholarship. MoCNA's outreach through local and national collaborations allows us to continue to present the most progressive Native arts and public programming. MoCNA's exhibitions and programs continue the narrative of contemporary Native arts and cultures.
The museum is located at 108 Cathedral Place, Santa Fe, NM 87501. Temporary Current COVID-19 Hours: 12:00 pm-5:00 pm Wednesday- Sunday /  $10 for adults; half-price for seniors (62+), students w/ valid ID, and NM residents; and free for members, Native people, veterans and their families, youth (16 & under), and NM residents visiting on Sunday. Events are free with admission.Timed tickets are required and will be available for purchase online at or in-person at the MoCNA museum store.

For more information please contact: 505.983.1666 or visit

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 the IAIA 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