NEWS RELEASE                      

For Immediate Release




Eric Davis, Marketing & Communications Director

505.424.2351, or 

Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) 
Restructures Land-Grant Department
New Positions Created and Filled

Santa Fe: August 21, 2020

IAIA Director of Sponsored Programs, Laurie Logan Brayshaw, announced the restructuring of the IAIA Land-Grant program.

Melanie Kirby (Tortugas Pueblo) is joining the IAIA Land-Grant department as the Extension Educator. She will develop and deliver agricultural educational outreach programs.

Teresa Kaulaity Quintana (Kiowa) is moving into the position of IAIA Land-Grant Program Associate. She will develop leads for Land-Grant classes and workshops, assist with all Land-Grant outreach, and develop and deliver material for the Land-Grant website.

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) is designated as a 1994 Land-Grant institution that provides agriculture education to New Mexico's 22 Native American communities, the surrounding New Mexico communities, and IAIA students, faculty, and staff, through culturally-accepted outreach education programs. Through IAIA Land-Grant programs, community members will be able to gain the skills and knowledge to successfully achieve their agricultural endeavors, ensure food security through sustainable practices, and enhance their health and wellness-becoming contributing and thriving members of their communities.

Melanie Kirby

Melanie Kirby is a member of the Tortugas Pueblo. She's a graduate of St. John's College in Santa Fe, NM, and is completing her MSc in Entomology from Washington State University.

A former Peace Corps Volunteer, a Fulbright Scholar and National Geographic Fellow in Spain, Ms. Kirby has worked with numerous Pueblos and Tribes including, Santa Clara Pueblo, Taos Pueblo, Tesuque Pueblo, San Ildefonso Pueblo, Acoma Pueblo -- along with the Coeur D'Alene and Niimíipuu (Nez Perce) Tribes. Over the years, Ms. Kirby has written many articles, given numerous presentations, and conducted research in the field of bees and beekeeping.

Teresa Quintana

Teresa Kaulaity Quintana is a member of the Kiowa Nation and resides in Cochiti Pueblo with her husband and family.
Mrs. Quintana is a graduate of IAIA (BFA '13) and has a Greenhouse Management certificate. She has been employed as the IAIA Gardener since 2017. During this time, Mrs. Quintana has managed the yearly greenhouse and garden planting and harvesting. The produce has been shared with our students and the campus café. In addition, Mrs. Quintana has worked with and supervised student interns, Research Assistants, and work-study students.

Laurie Logan Brayshaw, Director of Sponsored Programs commented: "IAIA, and specifically our Land-Grant program, is fortunate to have Melanie and Teresa join us to develop and deliver agriculturally based educational outreach programs to Native American and other New Mexican communities."
To interview either of the new staff members, or Laurie Logan Brayshaw, please contact Eric Davis at 505.424.2351 or

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