Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)
To empower creativity and leadership in Native arts and cultures through higher education, lifelong learning and outreach.
The Institute of American Indian Arts serves tribes locally and nationally through liberal studies and professional degree programs that provide Native students with general knowledge and critical skills to make personal and career decisions throughout their lives.
IAIA’s baccalaureate degrees in creative writing, Indigenous liberal studies, museum studies, new media arts, and studio arts require new faculty, specialized classroom facilities, and high-end equipment and resources. Located in downtown Santa Fe, IAIA's Museum of Contemporary Native Arts is dedicated to advancing the discourse, knowledge and understanding of contemporary Native arts. It is also home to the largest collection of contemporary Native art in the world.
As well, the Museum’s exhibitions, publications and educational programs challenge pre-conceived notions of contemporary art through lectures, exhibits, education and performances. IAIA's Center for Lifelong Education (CLE) provides outreach services for local and national tribes through distance education, training, technical assistance, and capacity development. The CLE’s focus on indigenous ways of learning and knowing inform the activities and programs it provides to the Pueblo, Navajo, and Apache tribes of New Mexico and to tribal and Indigenous partners nationwide and throughout the world.
Dr. Robert Martin