Institute of American Indian Arts Celebrating a 50 Year Legacy

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, NM is celebrating 50 years! IAIA is an institution of excellence in Indian Country.  With a fascinating history (checkout the timeline), IAIA’s influence on Native American art cannot be underestimated.

Personally, while never a student of the school, I have written and published about IAIA, co-authored a curriculum taught there, and been a part of teaching that curriculum there, but mostly I’m inspired by the art and artists that have come out of the various programs over the years.  Please take a minute to view their site and check out the legacy of IAIA.

The story of the Institute of American Indian Arts is a rich continuum of those who believed in and developed what became the nation’s first and only higher educational institution dedicated to promoting the indigenous arts and cultures of North America. Here we share the milestones from its visionary beginnings to its inception, to its leaders to national recognition, and expansion of the institution it is today. We invite alumni, students, faculty and friends on October 13 to share in these milestones and bountiful history as we celebrate and evolve in the next 50 years. Click here for more information about the October celebration.

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