For Immediate Release
Eric Davis, Marketing & Communications Director
                505.424.2351, or
Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)
Receives Five-Million-Dollar Donation from MacKenzie Scott 

SANTA FE, N.M: December 15, 2020 

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) is thrilled to announce that MacKenzie Scott has made an unrestricted donation of Five Million Dollars to IAIA. 

This past Summer, Scott, a noted philanthropist, "asked a team of advisors to help me accelerate my 2020 giving through immediate support to people suffering the economic effects of the (COVID-19) crisis. They took a data-driven approach to identifying organizations with strong leadership teams and results, with special attention to those operating in communities facing high projected food insecurity, high measures of racial inequity, high local poverty rates, and low access to philanthropic capital." 

IAIA is one of 384 organizations that Scott's team identified as part of this initiative.

This generous donation could not have come at a better, and more vital, time. 

IAIA will put the donation to very good use, starting immediately. This will include increasing financial and technical assistance to our students who are struggling to continue their studies during this pandemic that has had such disastrous impacts on Indian Country. 

We are also looking at funding endowed scholarships, getting our IAIA Research Center for Contemporary Native Arts off the ground, and building capacity to offer exciting graduate programs in Studio Arts and Museum Studies.

The IAIA Campus

IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee) remarked that "This generous gift will be truly transformational for the college, which will unquestionably strengthen IAIA's ability to serve our students and other stakeholders.  Most importantly, it will help to ensure that we achieve our vision to continue expanding our mission to offer culturally-based undergraduate and graduate programs that benefit Indigenous peoples in the arts.

Loren Kieve (Cherokee), Chair of the IAIA Board of Trustees, commented: "We are so grateful to MacKenzie Scott, not only for her very generous donation, but her recognition of IAIA as an institution with a result-oriented leadership team. We will use the funds to continue to further IAIA's mission of empowering creativity and leadership in Native arts and cultures through higher education, lifelong learning, and outreach."

For more information 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 and an MFA in Studio Arts -- 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.
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
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