Welcome to the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Office of Admissions. We are excited that you are exploring IAIA’s programs for your educational journey. IAIA is the only four-year degree fine arts institution in the world devoted to contemporary Native American and Alaskan Native arts. As such, we dedicate ourselves, our curriculum, our facilities, and our energy to preparing our students for success and leadership, which reflects Native cultures and values. As one of 37 tribal colleges located in the United States, we are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and IAIA is a member of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC).
“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 our highly talented and dedicated faculty and staff.
Adrianna Tso is Diné (Navajo) and Chiricahua Apache from Window Rock, AZ, located on the Navajo Nation. She has spent most of her life in a small community called Tohlakai right outside of Gallup, NM. She transferred from Pacific University Oregon in 2018 to Fort Lewis College and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in business administration with a minor in data analytics. While in college, Tso was involved in student affairs and enjoyed connecting with students to help guide them on their next steps post high school. She believes IAIA has an amazing atmosphere and holds space for students to expand their creativity and explore all mediums of art. Tso is excited to be a part of the IAIA community and looks forward to meeting with those who are interested in applying.