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IAIA Virtual Open House

Join the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) for the 2020 Virtual Open House, Monday, November 16 through Friday, November 20—with exclusive content presented every day. The annual Open House features exhibitions and demonstrations of all types throughout the campus, with open studios and classrooms, allowing guests to discover more about our mission, programs, and community.

This year however, “visitors” will be able to take virtual tours of the campus, view a live bronze pour, attend live class sessions, join our student panel, purchase art from our community members, and more—all from the comfort of their home.

Vimeo Showcase

Watch all the Open House videos in a single Vimeo Showcase. (Be sure to review the other non-video content in this page.)
Schedule of Happenings

Tentative schedule during the week-long series of happenings.

9 amOpening Remarks by IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee)
9 amVirtual Campus Tours
9 amStore Sale (20% Discount on Official Merch and Publications)
9 amNative American Appreciation Month
9 amArtist Market Place
10 am–12 pmBronze Pour on the IAIA Campus
1 pm–3:30 pmPueblo History: The Territorial Period 1848–1912 (Live Stream)
9 amDiscover the Library
9 amHealth and Wellness
9 amCeramics‘ Pit Firing Demonstration
9 amContinuing Education Webinar Collection
9 amProcessing Black-and-White 35 mm Film
9 am2D, 3D, Digital, and Virtual in Cinematic Arts
9 am Student-Guided Tour of IAIA 2020 Spring Senior Graduating Exhibition: Memory Unearthed
12 pm–1 pmContinuing Education: Best Practices for Selling at Online Art Markets
3 pm–3:45 pmIntroduction to Performance Poetry (Live Stream)
9 amMoCNA Virtual Museum
9 amStudent Activities
9 amMFA in Creative Writing Overview
9 amSanta Fe Ski Basin Tour
9 amCeramics‘ Raku Firing Demonstration
9 amLibrary Collections Slideshow
9 amCinematic Arts Student Filmmaker Showcase
9 amMuseum Collection Tour
9 amStudent Work in Introduction to Photography Course
9 amCreative Writing Overview, Podcasts, and IAIA Anthology
9 am Performing Arts Black Box Tour
9 am Student Life
11 amFinancial Aid FAFSA Information Session (Live Stream)
12 pm–1 pmContinuing Education: Social Media Marketing Strategies for Artists (Pre-Registration Required)
2 pm–3 pmAdmissions and Application Process Overview (Live Stream)
7 pmVirtual Watch Party of Gather (Pre-Registration Required)
9 amContinuous Live Stream of the Dance Circle on the IAIA Campus (Live Stream)
9 amAerial View of Campus
9 amLearn About the New and Upcoming IAIA Research Center
9 amArtist-in-Residence Photographic Slideshow
10 am–10:30 amFunky Bunch Exhibition and Discussion with Artist (Live Stream)
11 am–12 pmCampus Bookstore Panel (Live Stream)
1 pmRandom Prize Drawing and Giveaway for Open House Registrants (Live Stream)
5 pmClosing Remarks by IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee)

Virtual Tours

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

Pueblo History

Live stream of course, “Pueblo History: The Territorial Period 1848–1912” on Monday at 1 pm.


Watch a pit firing demonstration on the IAIA Campus.

Continuing Ed

Series of webinars and workshops from IAIA Continuing Education.


View the processing of 35 mm black-and-white film.


Watch a promo video from the MFA in Creative Writing (MFACW) program.


Watch the 2020 IAIA Student Film Showcase—not to be missed.


See what it’s like to be enrolled in the “Introduction to Photography” course.


Watch an introduction and tour of Performing Arts.


Live stream with Admissions staff about the application process on Thursday at 2 pm.

Funky Bunch

Live stream of Funky Bunch exhibition and discussion with artist on Friday at 10 am.


Aerial view of the IAIA Campus.

Store Sale

20% Discount on Official Merch and Publications.

Bronze Pour

Watch a bronze pour at the Sculpture and Foundry building.


Discover the IAIA Library with this guided tour.


Student-guided tour of IAIA 2020 Spring Senior Graduating Exhibition: Memory Unearthed.


Live stream of course, “Introduction to Performance Poetry” on Tuesday at 3 pm (MST).

Student Activities

Watch a video from the ever-popular Student Activities program.

Ski Basin

Virtual tour of the Santa Fe Ski Basin.


Experience a virtual tour of the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) Collection.


Live stream with Financial Aid staff about FAFSA on Thursday at 11 am.


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

Campus Bookstore

Live stream with bookstore staff and panelists on Friday at 11 am—win prizes!

Live Stream

Continuous Live stream of the Dance Circle on the IAIA Campus.

Native Appreciation

Native American Appreciation Month—celebrate and discover.

Market Place

A great opportunity to shop for gifts made exclusively by IAIA artists.


Learn more about 2D, 3D, Digital, and Virtual in Cinematic Arts.


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

Library Slideshow

View a slideshow of the IAIA Library.


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


Watch a raku firing demonstration on the IAIA Campus.

Student Life

Slideshow of Student Life Staff and Activities.


Overview, Podcasts, and IAIA Anthology from Creative Writing.

Research Center

Learn about the new and upcoming IAIA Research Center.


Live stream of prize drawing and giveaway for open house registrants on Friday at 1 pm.

Closing Remarks

Closing remarks with IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee).

Mission and History

“To empower creativity and leadership in Native Arts and cultures through higher education, life-long 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.


Our vision is to be the premier educational institution for Native arts and cultures. As such, we dedicate ourselves, our curriculum, our facilities, and our energies to preparing our students for success and leadership which reflects Native cultures and values. We accomplish this through culturally-based programs that fulfill the physical, social, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual needs of our students. Through innovative teaching, critical inquiry and intergenerational learning, we offer the highest quality educational programs designed to instruct and inspire. As a 1994 land-grant institution, we provide training and outreach that promotes tribal sovereignty and self-determination.

Above all, we are a national institute of excellence and an example of all that can be accomplished in furthering, supporting and nurturing contemporary Native arts through exhibitions, research, Indigenous exchange, and other educational programs which build and sustain our core values.

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.