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IAIA 2021 Open House

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) held its 2021 Annual Open House on Wednesday, September 29 from 1–5 pm (MDT). The event featured exhibitions and demonstrations of all types throughout the campus, with open studios and classrooms. Download and view the 2021 IAIA Open House Schedule (In-Person Happenings).

This year included a mixture of in-person and livestream events, all of which were broadcasted from the IAIA Campus at 83 Avan Nu Po Road, Santa Fe, NM 87508. We requested that on-campus visitors be fully vaccinated and wear face coverings. Virtual “visitors” were able to take virtual tours of the campus, view a live bronze pour, attend live class sessions, and more—all from the comfort of their homes.

This year’s events included a bronze pour, a Raku firing, a demonstration in IAIA’s one-of-a-kind fully articulating Digital Dome, an acting class demonstration, a book sale, readings by both our BFA and MFA in Creative Writing students and alums, art exhibitions, and an overview of our newest graduate offering—the MFA in Studio Arts. Guests also had a chance to see what our Land-Grant Program has been up to and meet our newest IAIA community members, our very own pollinators, the Thunder Bees.

Visitors had a chance to try an array of menu options made by our on-campus café Bon Appetit. There were braised short rib empanadas, chicken satay kebabs, salmon bacon with pureed mango salsa, portobello bruschetta, and buffalo and roasted poblano stuffed mini peppers—all made fresh.

The Open House was the perfect opportunity for anyone interested in IAIA to come learn about our mission, programs, and community.

Schedule of Online Happenings

Schedule of online happenings that are available to attend.

TimeOnline Happening
12–1 pmContinuing Education Webinar—Using Mindfulness and Meditation to Cope with Anxiety (Registration required by Sept. 28)
1–2:30 pmMeeting Tower Class Demonstration I
3:30–5 pmMeeting Tower Class Demonstration II
4–5 pmWell Being Through Expressive Arts Group with the IAIA Counseling Team
Schedule of In-Person Happenings

View the schedule during the in-person event on the IAIA Campus at 83 Avan Nu Po Road, Santa Fe, NM 87508. Download and view the 2021 IAIA Open House Schedule (In-Person Happenings). For questions, please contact

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Pre-Recorded Content

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


Watch readings from the MFA in Creative Writing (MFACW) program.

Virtual Tours

View virtual tours of the IAIA Campus in this Vimeo Showcase.

Pueblo History

Lecture during Pueblo History: The Territorial Period 1848–1912.

Continuing Ed

Series of webinars and workshops from IAIA Continuing Education.


Aerial view of the IAIA Campus.

Crest Pole

Watch the installation of the Mowatt Crest Pole.


Discover the IAIA Library with this guided tour.


Staged performance video of Until We Once Again.

Ski Basin

Virtual tour of the Santa Fe Ski Basin.


Learn more about the faculty in these instructional videos.


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


Overview of the Media CheQRoom.


The MoCNA VR space is a virtual replica of the physical museum located downtown.


Learn more about IAIA’s Health and Wellness facilities and programs.


Introduction to discovering the art of math.

Live Stream

Continuous livestream of the Dance Circle on the IAIA Campus.

“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, digital dome presentations, and the foundry will feature a bronze pour. 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)

IAIA President

Mission and History

“To empower creativity and leadership in Native Arts and cultures through higher education, lifelong learning, and outreach.” At IAIA our mission is more than a statement, it is the on-going objective of all that we do and all of our highly talented and dedicated faculty and staff.

Spirit and Vision—Our First Priorities

At IAIA, the spirit and vision of Native American and Alaska Native people is our first priority. Our goal is empowerment through education, economic independence, and expression and enhancement of artistic and cultural traditions. Since its founding on October 1, 1962, IAIA has provided academic excellence to both Native and non-Native populations who give witness to the ways in which IAIA’s inspirational environment has emboldened their lives.

We take great pride in preparing students for lives rich with ideas, expression, and moral values. With renowned faculty, many of whom are Native leaders and IAIA graduates, we ensure a continual flow of leadership to carry on our heritage and traditions.

IAIA is a place where traditions are rediscovered, explored, and deepened, where your art and cultural identity are celebrated and revered. It is a place of welcome that you will always be a part of and that will always be a part of you.

Named one of the top art institutions by UNESCO and the International Association of Art, IAIA takes its rightful place among the leading art institutions of the nation. Our architecturally significant buildings and campus, state-of-the-art studios and facilities, and location in one of the nation’s largest and most vibrant art markets make IAIA the ideal place to begin, enrich, or expand your artistic and educational journey. If you are ready to stretch your limits, redefine your boundaries, hone your skills, and discover the best of yourself, then IAIA is the place for you.

We believe in

  • Collaboration, the joining together for student success,
  • Excellence, by upholding high standards for students, faculty, and staff,
  • Creativity, by encouraging fearless expression in arts and life,
  • Respect, expressed by fostering an understanding of cultures, perspectives, and identities, and
  • Integrity, which grows from demanding honesty, accountability, and responsibility to oneself and the world at large.

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