Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

This page includes up-to-date information about the Novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as it relates to the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) and the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA).

Important Announcement

Wednesday, April 8, 2020, 7 pm (MST): The IAIA Campus and the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) are closed from Wednesday, March 18 until Monday, May 18. Please refer to IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin’s letters for more information.


A message from IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee Nation) regarding COVID-19. (Last updated on May 1, 2020)


The Novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was first identified in December 2019. In March 2020, cases have been identified in the New Mexico.


Links are available to the IAIA community and include stand-alone access to Canvas, Email, EMPOWER, Facilities reservations, and more.


Here is a listing of resources for the general public, and more specifically, IAIA Students. Resources will continue to be added as new pertinent sources become available.

COVID-Safe and IAIA In-Person Policy

IAIA will follow the New Mexico State COVID-Safe Practices for employees working on campus including but not restricted to the following:
a.IAIA will transmit a daily, self-screening email to employees. Employees will be required to confirm they are not experiencing the following COVID-19 symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell. They will also be required to confirm that they have not been within six feet of a person who has a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 virus in the past 14 days. Coming to work will be considered confirmation. Employees experiencing symptoms will not be allowed to come to work and will be directed to obtain testing before returning to campus.
b.IAIA will require employees working on campus (or in the museum) to wear face coverings. Coverings are to be worn at all times when in the presence of others. Employees can provide their own coverings or IAIA will provide them.
c.Social distancing and maintaining a distance from others of no less than six feet is required at all times.
d.In-person meetings of more than four people will not be permitted. In addition, in-person meetings of any size will not be allowed in which at least six feet of social distancing space between individuals is not possible.
e.Employees returning from out of state travel or in-state travel to severely infected areas must be tested and receive a negative result or quarantine for 14 days with no symptoms before coming to the IAIA campus or museum.
For more information, see NM State COVID-Safe Practice for all Employers.

About the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) offers undergraduate degrees in Studio Arts, Creative Writing, Cinematic Arts and Technology, Indigenous Liberal Studies, Museum Studies, and Performing Arts—an MFA in Creative Writing, along with certificates in Business and Entrepreneurship, Museum Studies, and Native American Art History. IAIA is the only college in the nation dedicated to the study of contemporary Native arts. The school serves 517 full time equivalent (FTE) Native and non-Native American college students from across the globe. IAIA is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is the only college in New Mexico accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

For over 50 years, IAIA has played a key role in the direction and shape of Native expression. With an Internationally-acclaimed college, museum, and tribal support resource through our Land Grant programs, IAIA is dedicated to the study and advancement of Native arts and cultures, and committed to student achievement and the preservation and progress of their communities.
The program’s goal is to graduate strong writers with a choice of career paths, who can make a difference in their field through their writing and for the betterment of their communities.

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