For Immediate Release

Contact: Eric Davis, Marketing & Communications Director 
505.424.2351 or 

Institute of American Indian Arts and
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts
Updated COVID-19 Responses

Santa Fe, New Mexico: March 16, 2020

A letter from IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee):

Dear IAIA Community,
I am announcing further actions that the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) needs to take to ensure the safety of students, faculty, and staff:
  • Spring break is extended another week. Online instruction will start on Monday, March 30. All instruction will be online through the end of the semester. Studios, classrooms, and the computer labs will remain closed for the entire semester.
  • Effective Wednesday, March 18 until Monday, April 6, the IAIA campus and IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) will be closed. IAIA employees who do not need to be present on campus or at MoCNA to provide continuity of services and operations are to telework from home until then. The appropriate cabinet members must approve requests for employees eligible to telework but who desire to work on campus or at MoCNA. Employees are not encouraged to work on campus or at MoCNA unless there is a strong compelling reason.
  • The CafĂ©, Library, Student Success Center, Fitness Center, offices, computer labs, studios, classrooms, learning lab, etc. will all be closed.
  • Students have until Friday, March 20, at 5:00 pm to vacate the residence center by returning home or relocating off campus. Students who are unable to immediately move off campus will be relocated to the IAIA Family Housing casitas until the end of the semester. Emergency Aid is available for students -- including assistance with transportation and food.
  • Employees will continue to be paid - the HR and Finance offices are able to process payroll remotely, and I thank them for developing this capability.
  • The decision whether or not to bring employees back to the campus and Museum on April 6 will be based on the existing public health situation in New Mexico at that time.
  • Except for the one-on-one online curriculum development training, faculty should now work from home.
  • Decisions regarding Powwow, Commencement, and other events scheduled for after April 6 have not been made.
Given the fluidity with the situation with the coronavirus, this office will provide regular updates which can also be seen at Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. Take care of yourselves!
Stay safe and healthy,

Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee)
IAIA President

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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. Hours: 10:00 am-5:00 pm Monday & Wednesday-Saturday / 12:00 pm-5:00 pm Sunday / Closed Tuesdays / $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.

For more information please contact: 505.983.1666 or visit

IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts marketing is partially funded by the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission and the 1% Lodgers' Tax.

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   


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