A Gift to Us, A Gift to You—Free Admission at MoCNA During August

Jul 11, 2021

To celebrate the generous donation from MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett, the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) is breaking new ground in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with an unprecedented new community-based gift. Taking a cue from MacKenzie Scott in her June 15 blog post, “Generosity is generative, sharing makes more,” MoCNA is paying it forward by offering free admission during August, a month when Santa Fe celebrates Native American art and culture. Museum visitors will be able to explore new exhibitions, like Exposure: Native Art and Political Ecology, and participate in engaging public programming—all free of charge.

Admission tickets can be reserved online, ahead of entry at www.iaia.edu/store, or in-person at the Museum Store. To speak with Museum Store staff, call (505) 428-5912.

As MoCNA was identified as one of “286 Teams Empowering Voices the World Needs to Hear,” Scott and Jewett want “to de-emphasize privileged voices and cede focus to others.” They acknowledge that “People struggling against inequities deserve center stage in stories about the change they are creating. Arts and cultural institutions can strengthen communities by transforming spaces, fostering empathy, reflecting community identity, advancing economic mobility, improving academic outcomes, lowering crime rates, and improving mental health.” The Scott team evaluated smaller arts organizations creating these benefits with artists and audiences from culturally rich regions and identity groups that donors often overlook. They recognize communities that are “agents of change.”

“MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett’s generous gift allows us to give back to our community. In addition to free admission for August, 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

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Learn more about the Museum.


The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) is the country’s only museum for exhibiting, collecting, and interpreting the most progressive work of contemporary Native artists. MoCNA is dedicated solely to advancing the scholarship, discourse, and interpretation of contemporary Native art for regional, national, and international audiences—as such, it stewards 9,000 Contemporary Indigenous artworks (created 1962 to present). MoCNA is at the forefront of contemporary Native art presentation and strives to be flexible, foresighted, and risk-taking in its exhibitions and programs. MoCNA is located in the heart of downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Current and Upcoming MoCNA Exhibitions

A listing of current and upcoming exhibitions at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA).

List of Events

Experimental exPRESSion: Printmaking at IAIA, 1963–1980

Mon, July 29, 2019Sun, September 4, 2022

Experimental exPRESSion: Printmaking at IAIA, 1963–1980 features fifty-one recently-acquired works on paper from the Tubis Print Collection.

Exposure: Native Art and Political Ecology

Fri, August 20, 2021Sun, July 10, 2022

Exposure documents international Indigenous artists’ responses to the impacts of nuclear testing, nuclear accidents, and uranium mining on Native peoples and the environment.

Athena LaTocha: Mesabi Redux

Fri, June 10Sun, December 25

Athena LaTocha (Lakota and Ojibwe) created the works in her Mesabi series on-site at iron deposits in the Mesabi Mountain Range of northern Minnesota, which is known to the local Ojibwe as Misaabe-wajiw.”

Matrilineal: Legacies of Our Mothers

Fri, July 29, 2022Sun, January 15, 2023

Matrilineal: Legacies of Our Mothers presents the art of three generations of Mvskoke (Creek) mothers and daughters.

Art of Indigenous Fashion

Fri, August 19, 2022Sun, January 8, 2023

The Art of Indigenous Fashion offers insights into the approaches and perspectives of Indigenous designers beyond the visual and material qualities of their work.

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The Stories We Carry

Fri, September 30, 2022Sun, May 26, 2024

Guest curated by IAIA Assistant Professor Brian Fleetwood (Mvskoke Creek), The Stories We Carry features contemporary jewelry, created by more than 100 Indigenous artists, from MoCNA’s permanent collection.

IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

Closed July 4 in Observance of Independence Day