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June/July 2013

Author Sherman Alexie will read during the  
IAIA Writers Festival 
July 28 - August 3 
Author, poet, screenwriter and professor Sherman Alexie(Spokane/Coeur d'Alene) is coming to IAIA August 2. The Alexie reading event is a scholarship fundraiser for the IAIA's new MFA in Creative Writing program
Alexie is also a member of the visiting MFA faculty convening with IAIA's first class of 30 graduate students July 28. Other award-winning faculty members include Sherwin Bitsui (Navajo), Joseph Boyden (Metis/ Ojibwe), Natalie Diaz (Mohave/Pima),Sterlin Harjo (Seminole/Creek) and
Eden Robinson (Haisla/Heiltsuk). The faculty will mentor graduate students, who will produce a full-length collection of poems or stories, a novel or novella, a book-length creative nonfiction manuscript, or a feature screenplay by the end of their studies.

The faculty, incoming students, and other authors, including N. Scott Momaday (Kiowa) and Luci Tapahonso (Navajo), will read their work during the IAIA Writers Festival July 28 - August 3. The 1491s will also perform.  All readings except the Sherman Alexie event are free and open to the public. Tickets for the Alexie reading are $50 and will be sold through TicketsSantaFe.org.

Click here to see the festival schedule. 

IAIA's new email system

power outages affect IAIA email and Internet 

IAIA is back online again after a thunderstorm caused a series of power outages and damaged hardware that controls campus Internet and email service. Email on campus and the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts was down from June 30 to July 3. The telephones, however, continued to operate. IAIA posted an explanation and how to contact departments on its website at www.iaia.edu, as well as communicated what was happening through its social media networks, Facebook and Twitter.

The Information Technology (IT) Department is working with its partners, Ardham Technologies, in order to complete a revised business continuity plan for the IT infrastructure at IAIA. This plan will help ensure that the IT infrastructure will remain functional in the future when faced with extreme weather, power outages, and other natural disasters.

IAIA also has moved its email system to a cloud-based program, Office 365. Any student, faculty member or staff should be able to sign into their new Office 365 email using their IAIA email user name and Empower or Employee I.D. IAIA has also backed up its email system, however, it will take several weeks for the old emails to be loaded up to an account. Other services affected by the power outage:
  • Admissions - Any prospective student who applied online between June 30 and July 3 will need to re-submit their applications. Contact Associate Admissions Director Undrell Person, uperson@iaia.edu or 505.424.2307, for questions.
  • Blackboard - This system is hosted separately off-site and was not affected.
  • Registration for Classes - Any student who registered for classes between June 30 to July 3 or needs to register should contact one of the following: Current Students: Retention Director Jeminie Shell, jshell@iaia.edu or 505.424.5707; or Enrollment Management Director Nena Anaya, nanaya@iaia.edu or 505.424.2331. Non Degree Students: Associate Admissions Director Undrell Person, uperson@iaia.edu or 505.424.2307.

SWAIA COO Dr. John Nez & President Dr. Robert Martin

IAIA and SWAIA increase artists  
opportunities through new MOU
IAIA and the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to continue to improve and increase educational and professional opportunities available to Native American artists at the Santa Fe Indian Market and IAIA. The partnership provides a formal framework for program collaboration and mutual services.

In addition to sponsoring a contemporary Native art classification and collaborating and providing support for programming and research, IAIA will aid SWAIA in integrating new media art in Indian Market.  IAIA was the first sponsor of its film or moving images category. As part of this collaboration, SWAIA and IAIA will co-host the State of Native Arts Symposium on Aug. 16 and the Membership Breakfast in the Park on Aug. 17. Both events are part of Indian Market Week.™ 

Cerrillos by Allan Houser 
IAIA's 2013 benefit dinner and auction

IAIA will host the 2013 Benefit Dinner and Auction on Aug. 14 starting at 5:30 p.m. at LaFonda on the Plaza. Help the Institute raise money for student scholarships through the silent and live art auction. This year's event is centered around students, who will be the emcees, presenters and art donors. Cost is $175 per person.

Auction items include pieces by Allan Houser, T.C. Cannon, Nocona Burgess, Patricia Michaels, Jody Naranjo, and more.

Reserve your seat today -- seating is limited. Purchase tickets by clicking here or contact Gracie Schild, Advancement Services Coordinator, at 505.424.2310 or gschild@iaia.edu

IAIA Instructor Jeff Kahm's Paradigm runs through Aug. 2
at the Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art

Jeff Kahm's Paradigm

The Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art has opened IAIA's studio arts instructor, artist and alumnus Jeff Kahm's new work, Paradigm.

As a student, Kahm's explorations led him back to his own traditions of abstraction. Preceded by paint and quillwork, 19th Century Plains Cree beadwork was largely comprised of geometric designs on a white field. Color combinations were bold and the most common motifs were triangles, multi-colored stripes, squares, rectangles and lightning designs. Larger motifs were often constructed from assemblages of small squares. According to Sherry Farrell Racette, Kahm's stripes propose a new vernacular grounded in the unlimited communicative potential of pure line and color, and claim the Indigenous origins of abstraction in the process. 

The exhibition in Winnipeg, Canada, opened earlier this month and runs through Aug. 2. For more information, go to the gallery's website at www.urbanshaman.org.

CLE Director Ron Solimon featured in a national
PSA to be shown on Comcast Cable   
notables . . .
   The Student Success Center was created in 2011 as a "one-stop
   shop" to house all the student services, including admissions,
   financial aid, tutoring and scholarships.     
  • IAIA and Center for Lifelong Education (CLE) Director Ron Solimon will be featured in a First Nations Development Institute public service announcement to air on the Comcast Cable network. First Nations, a Colorado-based national nonprofit that works to improve economic conditions for Native people through technical assistance, training, advocacy and policy, filmed at IAIA to capture the Southwest landscape and the beauty of the campus in the background. The 30-second PSAs are set to air nationwide on Comcast between August and December. 
  • IAIA's commencement music by the Southern Red Drum will be included in Public Radio International's The World documentary on land grant institutions. The World's hour-long radio documentary is set to air on public radio stations this summer.
  • IAIA alumna Jamie Figueroa, a 2012 IAIA Creative Writing grad, will receive a Jack Kent Cooke 2013 Graduate Arts Award. Jamie was one of 20 students in the nation who received the scholarship that awards up to $50,000 for up to three years of study. The scholarship has two phases - if applicants are invited to the second phase, they need to be nominated by a faculty member at their school. Her application was one of 131 reviewed. Jamie will use the funding to attend IAIA's first MFA Creative Writing program, which starts July 28. 
  • New or young Native American farmers may have some help through a new website. Four students with the Massachusetts-based Worcester Polytechnic Institute spent seven weeks working with the CLE on designing a web-based Native American Farmers Almanac. The students interviewed several farmers in nearby Pueblos on watering and planting techniques to place on the website. The students have also designed a smartphone app so that farmers can share information about pests or post questions to other farmers. The CLE is looking for funding to develop the app. Read about their project

IAIA's Archive has opened the papers of
Lloyd "Kiva" New

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calendar of events

Museum of Contemporary Native Arts


Seven women expresses Indigenous relationships to land and contemporary worldview in this multi-disciplinary show.

Rosalie Favell - Facing the Camera: The Santa Fe Suite
Ongoing - July 31

M�tis artist Rosalie Favell documents individuals from a growing Indigenous arts community.

Kade L. Twist - For Instance, Look at the Land Beneath Your Feet
Ongoing - July 31

Artist Kade Twist examines language and rhetoric of real estate, commerce and development within the context of the recent financial crisis.




The IAIA museum will host a series of events, including exhibition openings and panel discussions, Aug. 15-18. Please check www.iaia.edu/museum for a listing. 



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July 28 - August 3 - The first IAIA Writers Festival kicks off with several award-winning authors. For more information, click here.

August 14 - IAIA will host the 2013 Benefit Diner and Auction. Click here to buy tickets or find more information. Or contact Gracie Schild at 505-424-2351 or gschild@iaia.edu

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