Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Important Announcement

Friday, July 31, 2020, 12 pm (MDT): At this time, the IAIA Campus and the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) are closed to the public. Please refer to IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin’s letters for more information.

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).

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A message from IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee Nation) regarding COVID-19. (Last updated on June 24, 2020)

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

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

Resources

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.

I May Have Been Exposed to COVID-19. Who Do I Call?

If you feel that you may have been exposed to Coronavirus (COVID-19), please reference the following guides.

If you are an IAIA student

Students who have tested positive or believe they may have been exposed to the virus are asked to immediately call Interim Dean of Students Paul Moore at (505) 424-5704 or by email at pmoore@iaia.edu or the Housing Director JR Romero at (505) 424-5704 or by email at leslie.romero@iaia.edu.

  1. Stay Calm. Remove yourself from contact with others immediately and self-quarantine.
  2. Contact Paul Moore or JR Romero for guidance.
  3. You will be asked for information on those you were in close contact with on campus as well as the areas you visited.
  4. We will notify people on campus you have been in close contact with to inform them of possible exposure to the virus. We will refrain from releasing your identity unless you give us permission, but we cannot guarantee anonymity.
  5. You will be asked to call the New Mexico Department of Health Hotline for further assistance.

Protect yourself and your community, please communicate.

If you are an IAIA Employee

Employees who have tested positive or believe they may have been exposed to the virus are asked to immediately call Director of Human Resources Todd Spilman at (505) 424-2317 or by email at todd.spilman@iaia.edu or the Senior Human Resources Assistant to the CFO Elizabeth Lucero at (505) 424-2329 or by email at elizabeth.lucero@iaia.edu.

  1. Stay Calm. Remove yourself from contact with others immediately and self-quarantine.
  2. Contact Todd Spilman or Elizabeth Lucero for guidance.
  3. You will be asked for information on those you were in close contact with at IAIA as well as the areas on campus or at the IAIA museum you visited.
  4. We will notify people on campus or the museum you have been in close contact with to inform them of possible exposure to the virus. We will refrain from releasing your identity unless you give us permission, but we cannot guarantee anonymity.
  5. You will be asked to call the New Mexico Department of Health Hotline for further assistance.

Protect yourself and your community, please communicate.

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 or students returning from out of state must 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.
Federal CARES Act Information
  • The Institute of American Indian Arts signed and returned the certification agreement with the US Department of Education agreeing to spend no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
  • The Institute of American Indian Arts received a total of $171,260 in funds from the US Department of Education pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. One hundred percent of these funds were issued to students.
  • As of, 4/24/2020, the Institute of American Indian Arts has distributed $171,260 of the Emergency Financial Aid Grant (CARES) to students.
  • The Institute of American Indian Arts estimated 300 students as the total number eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  • The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 266.
  • The criteria IAIA used to determine student eligibility for receiving Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act was based on Title IV eligibility, degree seeking and enrollment status. Because 80% of our students are Pell grant eligible, we determined that $700 would be distributed to full-time students (12–18 credits); $525 would be distributed to ¾ time enrollment (9 credits); $350 would be distributed to ½ time (6 credits); and $175 for less than half-time students (3 credits). We followed the guidelines and did not award the funds to distance-only; undocumented or international students and used our internal funds to assist those students with the same enrollment criteria as they also had disruption regarding the closure of the campus due to COVID-19.

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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