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2023 IAIA Open House

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) and Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) are pleased to partner—again—and host our open house events on the same day, Thursday, September 21, from 10 am–2 pm at SFCC and 1–5 pm at IAIA. We encourage you to visit both campuses—only a six-minute drive or 11-minute bike ride apart—for exciting demos, art exhibits, and campus tours, and to meet students, staff, and faculty at both schools. This event is the perfect opportunity for anyone interested in IAIA or SFCC to learn about our missions, programs, and all we have to offer to the Santa Fe community.

Santa Fe Community College’s open house takes place from 10 am–2 pm. Attendees can tour art studios, the SFCC greenhouse, the Algae/Biofuels Lab, and the William C. Witter Fitness Educational Center. See demonstrations of jewelry making, bronze pouring, and raku firing in the Fine Art Building. Contribute to an art installation at a Suminagashi (Japanese paper marbling) Workshop where you can create Weathergrams, short poems on paper. Check out demonstrations at the planetarium and the Science on Sphere® Theater. Tour the film studio. Stop by the Automotive Technology Center to go to a fun car show. Visit the Campus Center to sign-up for tours, visit with representatives from Health and Science programs and see demonstrations of steamroller printmaking. While in the Campus Center, get free produce from the SFCC greenhouses and enjoy Frito pies from Genuine Foods from 11:30 am­–1:00 pm while grooving to the sounds of DJ Manny Godsey.

IAIA’s open house takes place from 1–5 pm. First, stop by the Dance Circle to hear opening remarks by IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee Nation) at 1 pm, visit our welcome table, and sign up for guided tours on the IAIA campus. Check out numerous demonstrations in the Academic Building’s studios and open studios by artists in our Artist-in-Residence Program. See our one-of-a-kind, fully articulating Digital Dome in the Ells Science and Technology Building. Head over to the Performing Arts and Fitness Center to tour our gym, fitness center, classrooms, and performance spaces. Connect with nature through IAIA’s Land-Grant Garden and around campus. Enjoy free appetizers and refreshments in the Dance Circle—vegetarian options are available!

During the IAIA open house event, you can receive COVID-19 (Moderna), Influenza, and Tdap vaccinations. It’s an excellent opportunity to protect yourself and others from these illnesses. Please bring your health insurance information with you. In order to get vaccinated, you will need to fill out a consent form (available in-person during the event).

We look forward to seeing you at IAIA and SFCC on September 21!

IAIA is located at 83 Avan Nu Po Road, Santa Fe, NM 87508, and SFCC is located at 6401 Richards Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87508.

View Schedule of Happenings
View the schedule during the event on the IAIA Campus at 83 Avan Nu Po Road, Santa Fe, NM 87508. Download and view the 2023 IAIA Open House Program. For questions, please contact

Road Closure on Richards Ave.

Please keep in mind that a section of Richards Ave is closed (see road condition updates at See alternate routes via Rabbit Rd or Racho Viejo Blvd (see map).

“The Open House provides an excellent opportunity to experience our students’ creativity on our beautiful campus with its breathtaking mountain vistas and landscapes. Our open studios and classrooms will showcase demonstrations, film screenings, and digital dome presentations. Guided tours and readings by our creative writing students and alumni will be scheduled and you will have the opportunity to be introduced to the Land-Grant Program’s apiary and our own pollinators, the Thunder Bees.”

Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee Nation)

IAIA President

Pre-Recorded Content

A collection of videos and one slideshow that can be viewed during (or after) the Open House event.

Virtual Tours

View virtual tours of the IAIA Campus.


Aerial view of the IAIA Campus.


Discover the IAIA Library with this guided tour.


Photographic slideshow of the IAIA Artist-in-Residence Program.


Overview of the Media CheQRoom.

Live Stream

Continuous livestream of the IAIA Campus.



About SFCC

For more than 35 years, Santa Fe Community College has been the gateway to success for individuals and the community by providing affordable, high quality educational programs that serve the social, cultural, technological and economic needs of a diverse community. SFCC is designated a “2019 Best for Vets” and a “2015 Military Friendly” school. The college serves more than 15,000 students per year in its credit, noncredit and adult programs. For further information, visit or call (505) 428-1000.

About IAIA

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, Studio Arts, and Cultural Administration; 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).

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