eNewsletter | March/April 2020
2020 IAIA Scholarship Dinner and Auction to go Virtual

Due to the impact of restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Institute of American Indian Arts will not be holding our Annual Scholarship Gala in-person, but instead we will be holding a "Virtual Gala."

The Virtual Gala will be held online on Wednesday, August 12th , and will still feature most aspects of the event everyone has come to enjoy to over the years.

Come join us for our virtual event and help raise money for
scholarships for Native American students!

Information on how to participate coming soon!
IAIA Board of Trustees Chair
Loren Kieve (Cherokee)
Letter to the
Santa Fe New Mexican

IAIA is Working to Keep all Safe

IAIA Student Emergency Fund
Over the course of the last six weeks of this pandemic, the Institute of American Indian Arts has nearly depleted its Student Emergency Fund allocation for the remainder of the spring semester and for the upcoming fall semester. This fund was established specifically to assist our students and their families in times of unexpected need and exceptional circumstances, like they are currently facing. It provides additional financial support so they can afford basics like food, safe and secure housing, supplies, and remote learning tools. Many of IAIA's Native American and other scholars are currently at high risk of dropping out of college due to the demands assisting their families in securing the basics during this crisis . Whether it be food, clothing, assistance securing a safe place to live, or remote learning resources like a laptop, an iPad, Internet access, or cellular access, our Student Emergency Fund helps meet the fundamental needs of our students and their families .

We are very sensitive to the fact these are difficult times for everyone, and we fully recognize that many people are facing financial challenges. Therefore, it is with great humility and deep thoughtfulness that we ask you to consider helping our students, but only if you are in a position to do so.

As always, thank you for your generous support over the decades.

Gratefully yours,

The Faculty, Staff, Trustees, and Foundation Board of IAIA

Mellon Foundation Announces $4 Million Emergency Relief Grant to the American Indian College Fund in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Announces  Faculty  Promotions
Academic Dean Charlene Teters (Spokane) 
Names Three to New Positions   

Dr. Porter Swentzell  (Santa Clara Pueblo) Dr. Lara M. Evans  (Cherokee Nation) Russel Stolins
Congress Provides Tribal College Aid in Response to

IAIA Student Suni S. Vizcarra Wood Wins
TCJ Student
Best Film Award
United States
Poet Laureate
and IAIA Alumna
Joy Harjo
(Mvskoke Nation) '68
Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

In The Washington Post

at UC

On NEA Podcast

Earth Day Reading in Dublin

IAIA Announces Extended Deadlines for Two
George R.R. Martin Literary Foundation Scholarships for
IAIA Cinematic Arts & Technology Students

IAIA Foundation Board Member Charmay Allred Passes Away

Congratulations to IAIA Alumnae
Mikayla Patton (Oglala Lakota Sioux) ‘19 and Neebinnaukzhik Southall
(Chippewas of Rama First Nation) ’19,
Native Artist Fellows for the
School of Advanced Research's (SAR) 2020–2021 Cycle.

Tristan Ahtone (Kiowa) '06 named Editor-In-Chief for Texas Observer

Tristan Ahtone in
High Country News  

MoCNA Education - Online Resources

While the museum is closed temporarily, we welcome our audience to engage with contemporary Native art through our array of online resources. Through art-making, curriculum guides, and other fun activities, visitors of all ages are invited to engage with various works of art in MoCNA's exhibitions and collections. Simply visit our MoCNA education webpage  https://iaia.edu/mocna/mocna-education/  and check out all of our resources. We will be uploading new content every other week, so definitely check back soon.

Coloring Pages

Enjoy coloring pages depicting a work of art in our collection or exhibitions. These coloring pages were created by Daniel McCoy Jr. (Muscogee Creek/Citizen Band Potawatomi) '16, from his works included in MoCNA's current exhibition  Indigenous Futurisms: Transcending Past/Present/Future . Simply download the images at  https://iaia.edu/mocna/mocna-education/ , print, and color away. Share your creations with us on Instagram by tagging  @iaiamocna . We can't wait to see your creations!

Virtual Reality Tours available for "Indigenous Futurisms: Transcending Past/Present/Future" ⁠and "Resistance Through Existence"
For the best experience, download the "Artsteps" app for Android on Google Play or for Apple in The App Store. Once you download the App, search by typing "Indigenous Futurisms" in the search bar. Then take your tour!
Here is the direct link to view:  https://www.artsteps.com/view/5e6bb844c131b94e2168ad2b
Download the App on Google Play (for Android): ⁠ https://play.google.com/store/apps/details…
Download the App in the App Store (for Apple products):
The exhibition highlights artworks that present the future from a Native perspective, and illustrates the use of cosmology and science as part of tribal oral history and ways of life. The works in this exhibition create awareness about how cultural knowledge and tribal philosophies are connected to the universe, science and the future.

" Resistance Through Existence" ,   the IAIA 2020 BFA exhibition is also now available as a virtual gallery. Using the same platform as our  Indigenous Futurisms: Transcending Past/Present/Future  virtual experience.

Resistance Through Existence  is a digital re-interpretation of the student curated exhibition by museum studies student, Faithlyn Seawright (Chickasaw/Choctaw) and co-curated by MoCNA chief curator Manuela Well-Off-Man. For an immersive experience, simply download the Artsteps application on your mobile device or tablet.

Indigenous Futurisms in Pasatiempo

Charlene Teters: Way of Sorrows in Southwest Contemporary
Visit the
IAIA Online Store

New items added!

New SWAIA Executive Director Kim Peone (Colville Confederated Tribes of Washington) has ties to IAIA

Keri  Ataumbi  (Kiowa) ’96 on Native News Online

In Vogue

Students, Alumni, and Mentors of the IAIA Low Rez MFA Program continue to make waves throughout the literary world. Click on the red headline for the story.
Current MFA Faculty Mentors
Give a Gift Today
The mission of IAIA is “to empower creativity and leadership in Native Arts and cultures through higher education, life-long learning, and outreach.” You can designate your gift by giving to one of the Foundation’s major funds: 

Scholarships.  Needed by more than 80% of our students to help pursue their studies at IAIA. 

Academic Programs.  IAIA needs support for visiting artists, student interns, artists in residence and innovative equipment to keep IAIA at the forefront of educational offerings. 

Student Emergency Fund.  The fund provides crucial assistance when a student has a sudden emergency with no available resources or funds. 

General Operating Support.  This helps IAIA take advantage of sudden opportunities to enhance the student experience. 

Planned Giving.  Please consider IAIA in your estate planning. 

Give right now by credit card , or contact Sandra Narvaez,  Advancement Services Manager,
505.424.2310, or sandra.narvaez@iaia.edu.
Et Cetera
Et cetera contains information about happenings in the IAIA community - be it on campus, at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA), or elsewhere.

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IAIA and MoCNA Happenings

All upcoming events are either cancelled or postponed. This includes Powwow and Commencement. For up-to-date information, see the COVID-19 web page .

MoCNA Exhibitions

Tue, January 1, 2019–Thu, October 1, 2020

Mon, July 29, 2019–Sun, July 11, 2021

Mon, August 5, 2019–Tue, June 30, 2020

Fri, February 7–Sun, May 17

Thu, February 13–Sun, July 26
General Information
IAIA's mission is to empower creativity and leadership in Native arts and cultures through higher education, lifelong learning and outreach.

Visit the IAIA website at  www.iaia.edu for up-to-date information, or for questions and inquiries please contact us at  by email here.

Institute of American Indian Arts
(505) 424-2300
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA)
(505) 983-1666
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 is committed to student achievement and the preservation and progress of their communities. IAIA is accredited by both the Higher Learning Commission and the National Association of Schools of Art & Design. Learn more about IAIA and our mission at www.iaia.edu .

Newsletter writer, editor, and contributing photographer:
Eric Davis

Contributing photographer: Jason S. Ordaz

Contributing Editor:
Nicole Lawe (Karuk)
IAIA Radio Show - New Day and Time!

The IAIA Radio Show Through Our Eyes airs on alternate Wednesdays from 6:00-6:30 pm, on KSFR, 101.1 FM, Santa Fe Public Radio. It is an IAIA-produced show examining a wide variety of issues relating to the Native American community. Hosted by IAIA Director of Marketing and Communications Eric Davis , the show features conversations with Native American Scholars, Artists, Tribal Leaders, and more. You can listen to the show live on the radio or stream it on your computer at KSFR.org. Past shows are podcast on their website, so you can listen any time you'd like at the following link: www.throughoureyes.libsyn.com