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2021 Year-End Appeal

Dec 14, 2021

For the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) 2021 has been a year of perseverance and growth. We awarded more students scholarships than ever before, we welcomed our first grad students into our new Low-Residency MFA in Studio Arts program, we began construction for our new Research Center for Contemporary Native Arts (RCCNA), we expanded our Land-Grant Program with initiatives such as on-campus apiaries, and so much more. But our mission “to empower creativity and leadership in Native arts and cultures through higher education, lifelong learning, and outreach” would not be possible without your generous support! We would like to offer a very heartfelt thank you to all our supporters. You have made a tremendous difference in the lives of so many students through scholarships, the Student Emergency Fund, enhanced programs and facilities, and other vital resources and services that our students from almost 100 tribal nations need to complete their education.

As we look to 2022, we hope you will continue to support the important work of IAIA. To show our gratitude, 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, Santa Fe; a one-night stay at The Blake Hotel in Taos Ski Valley; 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! The deadline for the drawing is December 15 at midnight (MST).

Generations of IAIA graduates have become renowned artists, filmmakers, poets, writers, and community leaders. Please, take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to empower tomorrow’s Indigenous artists and leaders.

Please, take a moment to make a generous donation today!

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

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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).