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IAIA Receives Tried & True Piñon Award

Oct 10, 2023

This summer, as part of their 37th Annual Piñon Awards recognizing northern New Mexico nonprofits, the Santa Fe Community Foundation presented the Tried & True Award to the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA). “The Tried & True Award honors an organization that has served the community for over a decade with consistent and high-quality programs, services, and opportunities despite changes in the external environment,” shared the Santa Fe Community Foundation in their announcement. “A beacon of excellence in Indigenous academics, the Institute of American Indian Arts has empowered creativity and leadership in Native arts and cultures through higher education, lifelong learning, and outreach since 1962.”

As part of the recognition, IAIA will receive $5,000 in unrestricted funds from the Santa Fe Community Foundation with underwriting support from Enterprise Bank & Trust. IAIA was selected as an awardee from over 60-plus organizations nominated by 90 people. This year, the three other Piñon awardees are Searchlight New Mexico, receiving the Courageous Innovation Award; Scott’s House, receiving the Quiet Inspiration Award; and New Mexico Acequia Association, receiving the Resiliency Award. IAIA Foundation Board member Michael Pettit submitted the nomination for IAIA.

“I express gratitude to the Santa Fe Community Foundation Board of Directors and staff for the honor of receiving this year’s Tried and True Piñon Award. We are delighted with the acknowledgement that our college and museum are essential contributors to Santa Fe Community’s vibrant nonprofit sector. This award represents a tribute to IAIA’s Board of trustees, faculty, staff, and especially our students and alumni.”

Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee Nation)

IAIA President

The 37th Annual Piñon Awards Ceremony will be held Tuesday, October 10, 2023, at 5 pm at La Fonda on the Plaza. Tickets are available for purchase at

About the Santa Fe Community Foundation

Since 1981, the Santa Fe Community Foundation has been dedicated to improving the health and vitality of northern New Mexico. As a comprehensive center for community philanthropy, we are proud to fund and collaborate with hundreds of local nonprofits, connect thousands of generous donors to giving opportunities, and support causes that improve the quality of life for all in our region.

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Broadcast Journalism
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Cinematic Arts & Technology
Creative Writing
Indigenous Liberal Studies
Museum Studies
Native American Art History
Native American Studies
Performing Arts
Studio Arts
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Institute of American Indian Arts

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) is the only college in the world dedicated to the study of contemporary Native American and Alaska Native arts. IAIA offers undergraduate degrees in Cinematic Arts and Technology, Creative Writing, Indigenous Liberal Studies, Museum Studies, Performing Arts, and Studio Arts; graduate degrees in Creative Writing, Studio Arts, and Cultural Administration; and certificates in Broadcast Journalism, Business and Entrepreneurship, Museum Studies, and Native American Art History. The college serves approximately 500 full-time equivalent (FTE) Native and non-Native American students from around the globe, representing nearly a hundred federally recognized tribes. Named one of the top art institutions by UNESCO and the International Association of Art, IAIA is among the leading art institutes in our nation and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).