Institute of American Indian Arts

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Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)
Institute of American Indian Arts
Address
83 Avan Nu Po Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87508
United States
Coordinates35°35′13″N 106°00′36″W / 35.587°N 106.010°W / 35.587; -106.010Coordinates: 35°35′13″N 106°00′36″W / 35.587°N 106.010°W / 35.587; -106.010
Information
School type4-year tribal college
Established1962
PresidentRobert Martin
GradesFreshman-Senior
LanguageEnglish language, Navajo language
Color(s)Silver & Turquoise          
MascotThunderbird
Team nameThunderbirds (basketball)
AffiliationAIHEC
Website
Federal Building
Post Office and Government building, Santa Fe, New Mexico.jpg
Early 20th Century postcard depicting the Federal Building
Institute of American Indian Arts is located in New Mexico
Institute of American Indian Arts
Institute of American Indian Arts is located in the US
Institute of American Indian Arts
Location108 Cathedral Place at Palace St., Santa Fe, New Mexico
Coordinates35°41′13″N 105°56′11″W / 35.68694°N 105.93639°W / 35.68694; -105.93639
Area1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built1920 (1920)
Architectural stylePueblo
NRHP reference #74001207[1]
NMSRCP #874
Significant dates
Added to NRHPAugust 15, 1974
Designated NMSRCPJune 4, 1982

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) is a tribal college in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The college focuses on Native American art. It operates the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA), which is housed in the historic Santa Fe Federal Building (the old Post Office), a landmark Pueblo Revival building listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum houses the National Collection of Contemporary Indian Art, with more than 7,000 items.

History[edit]

The Institute of American Indian Arts was co-founded by Lloyd Kiva New (Cherokee, 1916–2002) and Dr. George Boyce in 1962 with funding from the Bureau of Indian Affairs.[2] The school was founded upon the recommendation of the BIA Department of Education and the Indian Arts and Crafts Board. Three factors led to the school's founding: growing dissatisfaction with the academic program at the Santa Fe Indian School, the BIA's emerging interest in higher education, and the influence of the Southwest Indian Art Project and the Rockefeller Foundation.

IAIA began on the SFIS campus in October 1962. From 1962 to 1979, IAIA ran a high school program, and began offering college- and graduate-level art courses in 1975. In 1986, the Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture and Arts Development was congressionally chartered as a nonprofit organization, similar to the structure of the Smithsonian Institution, which separated the school from the BIA. In 2001, the school was accredited, including the accreditation of four year degrees. A two-year low-residency MFA in creative writing was accredited in 2013.

Today, IAIA sits on a 140-acre campus twelve miles south of downtown Santa Fe and also operates the Museum of Contemporary Native Art, which is located in Santa Fe Plaza, as well as the Center for Lifelong Education.

IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts[edit]

IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, 2004

In 1991 the college founded the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum, now the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA), in downtown Santa Fe, with a focus on contemporary intertribal Native American art (the C. N. Gorman Museum at the University of California, Davis, which also has a contemporary intertribal Native art focus, was founded in 1973.[3]) MoCNA is housed in the historic Santa Fe Federal Building (the old Post Office), a landmark Pueblo Revival building listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[4] The museum also features the Allan Houser Sculpture Garden.

Partnerships[edit]

IAIA is a member of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium, which includes tribally and federally chartered institutions working to strengthen tribal nations and make a difference in the lives of American Indians and Alaska Natives. IAIA generally serves geographically isolated populations of Native Americans that have few other means of accessing education beyond the high school level.[5]

During the early 1970s, faculty member Ed Wapp, Jr.'s E-Yah-Pah-Hah Chanters toured nationally with the Hanay Geiogamah's American Indian Theatre Ensemble, a company in residence at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club in New York City.[6] A program from this tour describes the musical ensemble as "students from the Institute of American Indian Arts at Santa Fe, N.M., and are under the direction of Ed Wapp, Jr. Their music is presented in both the traditional and contemporary American Indian forms. Songs are selected from the Plains, Eastern, Great Basin, Southwest and Northwest Coast areas of Indian Country."[7]

Notable faculty[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable administration and staff[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ "Lloyd Kiva New, 86, Teacher of Indian Arts". New York Times. 10 February 2002. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  3. ^ Tsinhnahjinnie, Hulleah J.; Passalacqua, Veronica. "About the C.N. Gorman Museum". C.N. Gorman Museum. University of California, Davis. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  4. ^ "National Register of Historical Places - NEW MEXICO (NM), Santa Fe County". www.nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com. Retrieved 2018-05-14.
  5. ^ American Indian Higher Education Consortium Archived 2012-06-14 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ La MaMa Archives Digital Collections. "Tour: American Indian Theatre Ensemble US Tour (Feb-April 1973)". Accessed May 14, 2018.
  7. ^ La MaMa Archives Digital Collections. "Program: Na Haaz Zan and Body Indian (1972)". Accessed May 14, 2018.
  8. ^ Kleinfeld, Judith S.; Wescott, Siobhan (1993). Fantastic Antone succeeds!: experiences in educating children with fetal alcohol syndrome. Fairbanks, Alaska: University of Alaska Press. p. 55. ISBN 0-912006-71-4.

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