eNewsletter | September/October 2019
Voice of America Visits IAIA

The Voice of America, which first went on the air in 1942, is a multimedia international broadcasting service funded by the U.S. Government through the Broadcasting Board of Governors. VOA broadcasts more than 1,250 hours of news, information, educational, and cultural programming every week to an estimated worldwide audience of 238 million people on all media platforms. If you'd like more information, visit their website at:  www.voanews.com .
While they were on campus, they interviewed various members of the staff, faculty, and student body, along with President Martin.

IAIA Open House a Great Success
IAIA held our annual  Open House  on Wednesday, October 23rd, from 2:00 pm— 6:00 pm. Visitors saw a Bronze Pour in the Allan Houser Haozous Foundry , viewed screenings of 360º spherical films in the  Digital Dome , viewed Student Performance Art in the new  Performing Arts and Fitness Center , watched Dances in the  Dance Circle , saw student films in the Auditorium , had their photographs made in a  Polaroid Photo Booth , listened to Student Readings in the  Library , enjoyed seed distribution in the  Raised Gardens , viewed and purchased  Student Art,  and much more.

Many thanks to the Open House planning committee, staff, faculty, students, volunteers, and everyone who helped to produce this event.

United States
Poet Laureate
and IAIA Alumna
Joy Harjo
(Mvskoke Nation) '68

On the TODAY Show

Appearing in Albuquerque on
December 7th at the KiMo Theatre.

IAIA Announces First Research Fellowship

Performer and Activist
Buffy Sainte-Marie (Cree) in Santa Fe -
Presents Master Class Workshop at IAIA and Performance at The Lensic

IAIA Dean of Students Carmen Henan
(Eastern Shoshone) Retires
After 37 years of service and commitment to IAIA, Carmen Henan is retiring from her position as Dean of Student Life, effective September 27th, 2019. Dean Henan began her career at IAIA in 1982 as the Activities Director, and also served as a Guidance Counselor, Director of Residential Management, and finally Dean of Students.  As Chair of our Commencement and Pow Wow Committees, she has provided leadership resulting in the growth and enhancement of both of these signature events at IAIA. In addition, Dean Henan has served as an advisor for the American Indian Higher Education’s (AIHEC) Student Congress and a member of the AIHEC Student Conference Commission.  Please join me in expressing gratitude to Dean Henan and wishing her all the best in her retirement.  

Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee)
IAIA Joins
the City of Santa Fe
in Celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day
on the Plaza.

IAIA Artist-in-Residence Workshops:
Etching and CAD Design by Jodi Webster
(Ho-Chunk Nation)
IAIA Fall Cookout Honors Dartmouth Students on Campus
IAIA Holiday Market

Saturday, December 14th

IAIA Trustees
Ann Marie Bledsoe Downes
(Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska)
Lawrence S. Roberts (Oneida)
to Teach at ASU

IAIA Alumnus
Diego Romero
(Cochiti Pueblo) '86
Featured in New Exhibition at MIAC

Sámi Performer Mari Boine at IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

As part of their community outreach to engage new and diverse audiences, MoCNA and The Lensic collaborated to host a reception with award-winning Norwegian Sámi singer Mari Boine on October 14th. Mari is known for using rock and jazz to compliment the traditional “yoik” singing of her native people. During the reception Chief Curator Manuela Well-Off-Man gave guests a guided tour of the Museum’s exhibition  Sámi Intervention , on display in the South Gallery until February 16, 2020

Lisa Fulton

Winoka Begay Yepa (Diné) Joins MoCNA Staff

The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) welcomes Winoka Begay Yepa as the new Museum Educator . She started her position on October 2nd. Winoka has worked in museum education for much of her professional life, and she has experience developing activities and curriculum for a multitude of age groups and school districts. Her most recent position was Story Maps Fellowship Manager at Santa Fe Art Institute . Other previous positions include outreach coordinator, curator, arts fellowship manager, and digital media and education intern. From 2015 to 2018, she worked within the External Affairs and Education departments at SITE Santa Fe , where she was responsible for connecting SITE with various Indigenous communities in the Southwest through art-related programming and outreach. As a result, SITE has seen a dramatic increase in the number of Indigenous participants in their Education Programming with over 200 participants taking part in tours, teen programs, art projects, internships, and other programs. She also successfully created relationships with the Santa Fe Indian School (SFIS), the Native American Community Academy , as well as surrounding Pueblos through community and museum-based projects. In addition, Winoka has skills in grant writing, documentation, and donor cultivation. 

Manuela Well-Off-Man
Chief Curator
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts Receives Ford Foundation Grant

MoCNA is proud to announce The Ford Foundation has awarded the museum a grant in the amount of $160,000 in support of the  Indigenous Futurism Initiative , comprising four exhibitions to advance contemporary Native arts. The main goal of MoCNA’s Indigenous Futurism Initiative is to give Native artists a voice and the opportunity to address important issues that directly affects their communities’ futures. Indigenous Futurism is a major theme in contemporary Native art. The next upcoming exhibition in this series is  Live Long and Prosper: Science Fiction in Contemporary Native Art, which will open on February 13th, 2020. The show will feature artworks that present the future from a Native perspective and illustrate the use of cosmology and science as part of tribal oral history and ways of life. The science fiction and post-apocalyptic narratives depicted in these artworks are often a reality for Indigenous communities worldwide.
Manuela Well-Off-Man
Chief Curator
Academic Dean Charlene Teters (Spokane) Preparing New Exhibition for MoCNA in February
Way of Sorrows , a new installation by  Charlene Teters  (Spokane), will address current issues such as forced migrations and the US-Mexico border crises, while asking questions about responsibility and identifying new myths. 

Teters explains: "From famine, disease, and empire, Native people have experienced forced migrations and marches. There have been many trails of tears and marches of death in this hemisphere since Columbus. The caravans coming to our southern border are part of an uninterrupted history of forced migrations and trails of tears."  Way of Sorrows  reminds viewers that the "manmade climate crisis may soon make refugees of all of us, too.  No wall will protect us from the wrath of a dying planet ." Teters' installation also seeks a spirit of hope and includes interactive elements inviting visitor responses and dialogues.
Teters is an artist, educator, and activist. Teters' activism has led to a strong upswing in efforts to eliminate Native American mascots in the United States. This history of her activism is the subject of a nationally aired award winning documentary " In Whose Honor ?" by Jay Rosenstein. Teters' art has been featured several major exhibitions, commissions, and collections. She was also the first artist-in-residence at theAmerican Museum of Natural History .
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IAIA Partners With Amazon Smile

A reminder to the IAIA Community - Purchasing your holiday gifts and other items through IAIA's unique Amazon charity link can increase donations to the  IAIA Foundation . You know that Amazon features a large variety of merchandise, including electronics, jewelry, clothing, and more. The more you use the link throughout the year, the more money is donated to IAIA.
This link  http://smile.amazon.com/ch/32-0377684 , plus your Amazon account ID and password, will help the IAIA Foundation fund scholarships and provide much-needed assistance to IAIA students.
IAIA New Solar Arrays
The IAIA campus recently completed the installation of its two newest solar arrays . One array sits atop the Facilities building and includes 85 panels, each generating 360 watts of peak power. The other array is located on the north side of the greenhouse and adds another 34 panels, each also generating 360 watts of peak power. The power generated by both arrays is enough to exceed the total power draw of the greenhouse. The project was managed by Larry Mirabal , Peter Romero , and the IAIA Facilities Department. The college contracted with Affordable Solar to complete the installation. The total cost of the project was $120,000 and was made possible by USDA grant funding . IAIA continues to make progress toward reducing the overall carbon footprint of the campus!

Larry Mirabal
IAIA Hosts
Pendelton Blanket Design Workshop

IAIA Sponsors Santa Fe Independent Film Festival's Slate of Indigenous Films

Festival Also Features a Program of Short Films by IAIA Students and Alumni
Therapy Dogs Return to IAIA to Help Relieve Midterm Stress

New Furniture in Student Union Building --
Opening BBQ!
Guest Artist
JJ Otero (Navajo/Hopi)
Holds Jewelry Workshop
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
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505-424-2310, or sandra.narvaez@iaia.edu.
Et Cetera
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IAIA was well-represented at the annual conference of the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums (ATALM) October 8-11. Nearly twenty IAIA faculty, staff, and students attended the conference, which has become a tradition for the Museum Studies department and nearly fifty people attended the IAIA “Meetup;” a gathering of past, present, and future IAIA community members.

Ryan Flahive

Kim Moxley and Members of Senator Tom Udall's Indian Affairs Staff visit IAIA

Adrian Wall '14 (Jemez Pueblo) and his Band Innastate Perform with International Sensations The Hu in a Benefit Concert for the Stagecoach Foundation

Sharing the news of the passing of of one of our alumnae -- Evelena Sombrero from the '70s has walked on.
IAIA and MoCNA Happenings

Thu, November 14, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm

Sat, December 14, 9:00 am–4:00 pm

View all Happenings

MoCNA Exhibitions

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

Tue, January 1–Sun, November 3

Fri, February 15, 2019–Sun, January 26, 2020

Thu, May 30, 2019–Sun, January 19, 2020

Thu, May 30, 2019–Sun, February 16, 2020

Fri, August 16, 2019–Sun, January 19, 2020

Mon, July 29, 2019–Sun, July 11, 2021

Mon, August 5, 2019–Tue, June 30, 2020
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
IAIA Radio Show

The IAIA Radio Show Through Our Eyes airs on Tuesdays from 4:07-4:30 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