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Message from MoCNA about COVID-19

Mar 17, 2020

Dear MoCNA Members and Friends,

As COVID-19 continues to spread around the world, we want to share updates regarding the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts’ (MoCNA) operations. Effective March 18 thru April 5, 2020, MoCNA is closed to the public and non-essential staff will be teleworking from home. The decision to bring employees back to the museum on April 6 will be based on the existing public health situation in New Mexico at that time.

To stay in touch, MoCNA will be going virtual, by sharing our most recent exhibition, Indigenous Futurisms: Transcending Past/Present/Future, which will be displayed through a virtual environment designed by Senior Manager of Museum Education Winoka Yepa (Diné). The virtual environment will be a VR (Virtual Reality) space that will allow online visitors to tour the exhibition on their computer or their phone. The virtual exhibition will launch next week and more information on how to access the exhibition will be shared with our museum members and friends by email and through our social media platforms. After the launch, we will begin sharing more educational content through the virtual exhibition as well as through educational guides that we will place on our website.

Additionally, MoCNA’s collection is only a click away. I invite you to visit to explore approximately 1,200 objects from the nearly 9,000 contemporary Indigenous art works that comprise the MoCNA collection.

We wish you well during this difficult time and hope to see you back at MoCNA again soon.


Patsy Phillips (Cherokee)
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) Director