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Giving Tuesday

Nov 19, 2021

For Giving Tuesday this year, you have the chance to give the gift that empowers Indigenous artists and leaders for the future. Did you know many Institute of American Indian Arts’ (IAIA) alums have become renowned artists, filmmakers, poets, writers, and cultural leaders who impact the world for generations to come? But many IAIA students rely on scholarships and other financial aid and would not be able to continue their education without the generous support of our donors. By making an unrestricted donation to IAIA, your gift can fund scholarships, student emergency funding, improved facilities and resources that students need, and more—Give Now.

Generous contributions of $25, $50, $100 or more are deeply appreciated. And if you donate $150 or more to IAIA, your name will be entered in a raffle to receive one of several gifts, including an overnight stay in a King Casita at the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado in Santa Fe; an overnight stay at a Heritage Hotel in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, or Taos; a copy of Making History: IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (a beautifully illustrated history of IAIA); passes for free admission to the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA); and more!

For more information contact IAIA Foundation Executive Director Suzette Sherman at (505) 424-2309 or

“These donors have given me hope again. This scholarship helps me continue living my dreams and creating my art. What I want to do is spread love and joy through my art, so I’m very grateful to these donors for helping me to do this.”
Xeneca LeClair (Otoe-Missouria Tribe) ’23

IAIA Student

Give Now

Make a donation to the Institute of American Indian Arts.

One vital resource for IAIA students, as well as for society at large, is the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA), which serves as a learning space for exhibition practices, as well as a place for IAIA seniors to showcase the very best of their artwork in an exhibition each year. Named one of “America’s Cultural Treasures” by the Ford Foundation, MoCNA has been exhibiting, collecting, and interpreting the most progressive works of contemporary Native artists for nearly half a century. Now, this #GivingTuesday, you have the chance to contribute to this national legacy and support Indigenous student learning, as well as the recognition and appreciation of contemporary Native art.

“MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett’s generous gift allows us to give back to our community. We are strategically planning for the Museum’s future, which will build upon ways to provide further opportunities for our constituents.”

Patsy Phillips (Cherokee Nation)

MoCNA Director

“This scholarship is definitely going to help me further my higher education and, with the career that I’ve chosen, give back to my community of Indigenous artists.”
LaDonna Orange (Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes) ’23

IAIA Student

About the Institute of American Indian Arts

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) is the only college in the world dedicated to the study of contemporary Native American and Alaska Native arts. IAIA offers undergraduate degrees in Cinematic Arts and Technology, Creative Writing, Indigenous Liberal Studies, Museum Studies, Performing Arts, and Studio Arts; graduate degrees in Creative Writing and Studio Arts; and certificates in Broadcast Journalism, Business and Entrepreneurship, Museum Studies, and Native American Art History. The college serves approximately 500 full-time equivalent (FTE) Native and non-Native American students from around the globe, representing nearly a hundred federally recognized tribes. Named one of the top art institutions by UNESCO and the International Association of Art, IAIA is among the leading art institutes in our nation and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).