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2023 IAIA Open House

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) and the Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) welcomed a steady stream of hundreds of visitors at our dual Open House events on Thursday, September 21, following successful promotions in local publications, radio, and ads. Leading up to IAIA’s Open House, the Santa Fe New Mexican featured an Op-Ed piece by IAIA President Dr. Martin, “Thank You and Celebrate with IAIA During our Annual Open House,” which can be read on the IAIA website. A substantial group of students from several high schools were bussed to the IAIA campus to view demos, visit information booths, tour IAIA, eat, and hang out, with many other attendees joining the festivities. IAIA President Dr. Martin opened with a speech in the Dance Circle, where IAIA’s turquoise-blue Thunderbird mascot took photos with people. The campus was full of activity from 1 pm to at least 5 pm, with a long list of events unfolding across the school. A plaque for The Robert Neff Harcourt Memorial Garden and Outdoor Classroom Space, featuring designs by IAIA student Star Not-Afraid (Hopi), was unveiled to a group of the late Harcourt’s family, friends, and colleagues, who shared heartfelt memories about the former dorm counselor and IAIA supporter.

Following the event, Santa Fe New Mexican Editor Phill Casaus, who attended the Open House, wrote a column about the event and Dr. Martin, “IAIA’s Martin has watched the school fly like a Thunderbird.”

Watch a video of highlights from the event. Video filmed and edited by Frosley Fowler (Diné) ’16.

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

Photographic Views

View a collection of photographs made by Nicole Lawe (Karuk) ’16.

“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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