IAIA Together Apart

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#IAIATogetherApart on Instagram

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The pandemic has brought me much sadness, but also blessings. A couple months ago, my family had lost my aunt to Covid-19. When I first heard the news, I cried so many tears for my aunt. I always hoped she was doing well. It had been many years since I've last seen her. The memories of what she looked like, her voice, and smile echoed in my mind and crumbled my heart. I still really miss her as I am writing this. I deeply wish I can see her and hug her. Just seeing my family has brought me so much comfort, and so is living with my boyfriend. Family has never mattered so much more to me during times like this. All I can believe right now is everything will be okay. #iaiatogetherapart ...

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The following letter is a submission from⁣ #IAIATogetherApart, set 50 years from now. To see more submissions or submit your own, visit togetherapart.iaia.edu.⁣

Pandemic Letter—April 9, 2020, 1:42 pm, Anonymous⁣

Dear Reader,⁣

I am writing from a world in which there is no shortage of grotesque heaps of hurt. Assuming that hasn’t gone away, maybe you’re sick of being pat on the head. Maybe you’re sick of being at the receiving end of that hurt. Maybe you’re sick of having to explain why it hurts, or maybe you’re just sick. I take it you’ve heard of COVID-19. Perhaps you’ve been a witness to your grandparent or great-grandparent ranting and reeling about the effect it had on their lives, or maybe told the same stories by your parents. They were stories about how hard they had to work to keep their jobs, or how hard they had to work to educate their children by themselves with countless additional responsibilities. Maybe your elders would say things about how they needed to feel privileged that they had a job at all—from home or at risk. They needed to be grateful that they were slaves to capitalism at the desires of the rich. Maybe your grandparents were children when coronavirus initially began. Maybe your grandparents couldn’t graduate college or high school that initial year. They remember watching their parents struggle to provide, struggle to ration food, some not knowing where their money was coming from after being “guaranteed” their position, but laid off nonetheless. The other side of the coin could be stories of how they remember their parents going out, living as-is, shopping constantly, not wearing masks, or gloves, or caring. Maybe they remember losing someone—a parent, a friend, a child? Maybe they were isolated alone, or without resources. You didn’t live through it, but this is not the depression, 9/11, or the recession of yore. This is different. So much about this disease was unforeseen. It was merciless, fast, suffocating, and unpredictable.⁣

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Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) students, please sign into iaia.ecampus.com and save the address where you want your textbooks shipped to—doing so ensures that textbooks can arrive as soon as possible and until you update and verify, your textbooks will not be shipped.⁣

If you have any questions, or trouble saving the address, please email bookstore@iaia.edu. The Campus Bookstore will be open Monday, January 18–Friday, January 22 from 10 am–4 pm.
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Are you looking to continue your educational journey at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)? Today is the application deadline for the Spring 2021 semester, and courses begin Tuesday, January 19, 2021.⁣

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 energies to preparing our students for success and leadership which reflects Native cultures and values.⁣

Apply now at www.iaia.edu/admissions (link in bio).⁣

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Happy New Year from the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA). We want to remind everyone that the application deadline for the Spring 2021 semester is this upcoming Monday, January 4, 2021.⁣

IAIA is committed to supporting our students in reaching their educational goals through the current global pandemic by offering classes in a hybrid/online format, has reduced tuition for the 2020–2021 academic year by 10%, and offers connectivity assistance for students who may face challenges due to low quality or total lack of connectivity to the Internet.⁣

Apply now at www.iaia.edu/admissions (link in bio).⁣

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Today is #NationalShortFilmDay. Celebrate by viewing the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) 2020 Student Film Showcase at www.vimeo.com/showcase/7115134 or visit the Open House link in our bio. This showcase features short films created by IAIA Cinematic Arts and Technology students during the 2019–2020 academic year.⁣

Short films include:⁣
• “Institute of American Indian Arts Promo” directed by Hillary Cagey⁣
• “Regret” directed by Kendrick Whiteman⁣
• “The Dust In Our Eyes” directed by Carrie Dada⁣
• “Metal Man” directed by Adensunset Levy⁣
• “Broken Promise” directed by Lydia Clark⁣
• “Bear News” directed by Charine Gonzales⁣
• “Warbaby” directed by Miles DeVesty⁣
• “Sage Me Not” directed by Erik Sanchez⁣
• “Staying Inside” directed by Priscilla Naunġaġiaq Hensley⁣
• “TOMENA” directed by Gary Medina Cook⁣
• “They Return” directed by Lonnie R. Begaye⁣
• “Sister” directed by Jedadiah Richards⁣

Photograph from “The Dust In Our Eyes” directed by Carrie Dada
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From all of us at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)—the President, Trustees, Staff, and Faculty—may peace be with you and your family today and throughout the New Year.⁣

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) campus will be closed during the holidays from Thursday, December 24, 2020 through Sunday, January 3, 2021. However, the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) will be open. For more information regarding the holiday schedule, visit www.iaia.edu/about/2020-2021-holiday-greeting-and-schedule/.⁣

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Through the concept of art as a traditional path of creativity, the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) excels at skill building, provoking thought, and providing exceptional educational opportunities. IAIA is a place to embrace the past, enrich the present, and create the future—moving ahead to paths yet unexplored and undiscovered—and we could not have done it without your help. Your generosity this year has been a beacon of hope to our students, your past support has made an impact, and we hope you will continue to support IAIA and our students.⁣

This year, our students and faculty have worked very hard continuing to refine their skills during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The following is a video recording of IAIA Students in the Introduction to Photography (101) course during the Fall 2020 semester.⁣

You can partner with IAIA today and support student scholarships—just visit www.iaia.wufoo.com/forms/institute-of-american-indian-arts-iaia-donations/ (link in bio) to make a year-end gift to IAIA.⁣

Video by Jason S. Ordaz, Institute of American Indian Arts
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The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) program is now accepting applications for the Spring 2021 Virtual Residency. IAIA A-i-R is adapting to COVID-19 by offering virtual residency sessions. All residency activities will be conducted via ZOOM and include weekly “visiting hours,” three ZOOM interactions with IAIA college classes, and two public events, which may take the form of a panel discussion with other artists or an artist talk with a Q&A. Hands-on workshops via ZOOM are encouraged and IAIA personnel will assist in developing the workshop and provide materials for workshop participants.⁣

The application period will continue until all Virtual Residency sessions have been filled. For more information and to apply, visit www.iaia.edu/artist-in-residence/.⁣

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You can now experience the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) directly from your smartphone through the new MoCNA Mobile App! Explore contemporary Indigenous art through MoCNA’s current exhibitions—with guided audio tours and artist interviews. Learn about the historic building that sits on the traditional lands of the Tewa people. Finally, learn more about upcoming events and navigate your way using interactive maps.⁣

The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts is the country’s only museum for exhibiting, collecting, and interpreting the most progressive work of contemporary Native artists. IAIAMoCNA is dedicated solely to advancing the scholarship, discourse, and interpretation of contemporary Native art for regional, national, and international audiences. As such, it stewards over 9,000 Contemporary Indigenous artworks—created 1962 to present. MoCNA is at the forefront of contemporary Native art presentation and strives to be flexible, foresighted, and risk-taking in its exhibitions and programs. MoCNA is located in the heart of downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico.⁣

Download the app now at www.apps.apple.com/us/app/mocna/id1540345560 or simply search for “MOCNA” in the app store on your smartphone.
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Your generosity this year has been a beacon of hope to our students—⁣
We offer our heartfelt gratitude to you, one of our valued supporters of the Institute of American Indian Arts’ (IAIA) mission “to empower creativity and leadership in Native arts and cultures through higher education, lifelong learning, and outreach.”⁣

Your past support has made an impact!—⁣
The 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic has brought challenges we never imagined. Your financial support funded not only scholarships but also the invaluable Student Emergency Fund—giving students the ability to focus on their academic and artistic goals. Your ongoing support will help the IAIA community, staff, faculty, and of course, our students—who continue to rise to the challenges set before us.⁣

We hope you will continue to support IAIA and our students—⁣
As we look ahead to 2021, we hope that you will consider giving a year-end gift to IAIA. Your gift of $500 can offset the cost of an additional course, $250 will cover annual fees, and $100 would allow a student to purchase additional materials to continue the creative process. Whatever amount you choose to give is greatly appreciated by the students whose dreams you’ll help make possible. On behalf of the entire IAIA family, thank you for your support—especially during this trying year.⁣

With gratitude,⁣
IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee Nation)⁣

You can make a year-end gift to IAIA at www.iaia.wufoo.com/forms/institute-of-american-indian-arts-iaia-donations/ (link in bio).⁣

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Looking for the perfect gift for your favorite Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) student or alumni? Pick up official IAIA merchandise like an IAIA mask or the new official IAIA Pendleton® Blanket that features the art of IAIA Alumnus Bennie Buffalo (Southern Cheyenne) now at www.iaia.edu/store (link in bio).⁣

One of the best ways to support IAIA is to purchase directly from the IAIA Store. Support IAIA’s mission, “To empower creativity and leadership in Native Arts and cultures through higher education, life-long learning, and outreach.”⁣

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The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) is thrilled to announce that MacKenzie Scott has made an unrestricted donation of five million dollars to IAIA.⁣

This past summer, Scott, a noted philanthropist “asked a team of advisors to help me accelerate my 2020 giving through immediate support to people suffering the economic effects of the (COVID-19) crisis. They took a data-driven approach to identifying organizations with strong leadership teams and results, with special attention to those operating in communities facing high projected food insecurity, high measures of racial inequity, high local poverty rates, and low access to philanthropic capital.”⁣

IAIA is one of 384 organizations that Scott's team identified as part of this initiative—and this generous donation could not have come at a better, and more vital, time. IAIA will increase financial and technical assistance to students who are struggling to continue their studies during this pandemic, as well as look at funding endowed scholarships, get the IAIA Research Center for Contemporary Native Arts (RCCNA) off the ground, and build capacity to offer exciting graduate programs in Studio Arts and Museum Studies.⁣

“This generous gift will be truly transformational for the college, which will unquestionably strengthen IAIA's ability to serve our students and other stakeholders.  Most importantly, it will help to ensure that we achieve our vision to continue expanding our mission to offer culturally-based undergraduate and graduate programs that benefit Indigenous peoples in the arts.”—IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee⁣

“We are so grateful to MacKenzie Scott, not only for her very generous donation, but her recognition of IAIA as an institution with a result-oriented leadership team. We will use the funds to continue to further IAIA's mission of empowering creativity and leadership in Native arts and cultures through higher education, lifelong learning, and outreach.”—IAIA Board of Trustees Chair Loren Kieve (Cherokee)⁣

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The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) is pleased to announce that the application period for the new Low Residency MFA in Studio Arts (MFASA) program is now open.⁣

The MFASA two-year, low residency curriculum is grounded in Indigenous cultures and reflects the history and challenges of our time. The program provides world-class contemporary arts education and empowers its students to give voice to the Indigenous experience through their art. IAIA’s MFASA department is committed to graduating successful artists whose contributions are recognized nationally and internationally within a global art context.⁣

This is the second of IAIA’s low residency graduate degree programs, following the MFA in Creative Writing (MFACW), which was launched in 2013. The low residency model provides a professional degree in Studio Arts while allowing students to live at home and continue participating in work, family, and community—with two intensive on-campus residency periods per year (summer and winter) on the IAIA campus in Santa Fe, New Mexico. At the end of each nine-day, on-campus residency, students are paired with a Master Artist Mentor with whom they will work one-on-one, virtually, during the following 16-week semester.⁣

The deadline to apply for the Fall 2021 semester—beginning in July—is April 15, 2021. For more information about the MFASA program and to apply, visit www.iaia.edu/earn-an-mfa-in-studio-arts.⁣

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The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) is still accepting applications for the Spring 2021 semester through January 4, 2021.⁣

We are #ManyNationsOneFamily, and IAIA is committed to supporting our students in reaching their educational goals through the current global pandemic by offering classes in a hybrid/online format, has reduced tuition for the 2020–2021 academic year by 10%, and offers connectivity assistance for students who may face challenges due to low quality or total lack of connectivity to the Internet.⁣

You can contact the Admissions Office to talk in detail about the application process at admissions@iaia.edu or apply at www.iaia.edu/admissions (link in bio).⁣

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Students, the deadline to return your textbooks directly to the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Campus Bookstore is this Friday, December 11, 2020. The IAIA Campus Bookstore hours for the remainder of this week are 10 am–4 pm (MT). If you are planning to return your textbooks back to eCampus via mail, the deadline is Friday, December 18, 2020. Textbooks must be postmarked by this date—after this date, a charge of half the list price of each book not returned will be charged to your student account.⁣

Information regarding eCampus textbook return can be found at www.iaia.edu/about/covid-19 (link in bio) under the “Student Resources” tab. This will walk you through accessing eCampus, managing your return, and printing your return labels. If you have any questions regarding the textbook return process, you can contact the Campus Bookstore at (505) 428-5935 or book@iaia.edu.⁣

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Looking for handmade gifts for the holidays? Visit the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) 2020 Virtual Holiday Art Market at www.iaia.edu/philanthropy/market-place/ (link in bio) for all of your holiday shopping needs. This is a great opportunity to purchase handmade items made exclusively by IAIA artists. In a time when small businesses are being hit the hardest, it is especially important this year to shop small and shop local.⁣

IAIA holds this art market annually during the holiday season, offering a wide variety of unique handmade items made by the talented members of the IAIA community. Despite the unconventional nature of this year’s market, it is our hope that we are able to highlight a more extensive selection of artists from our community than ever before, and ensure that there truly is something for everyone.
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It’s finals week here at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) and we couldn’t be more proud of how far our students have come this semester. Under extraordinary conditions they pressed on, completing the majority of their course work in a virtual setting. We have also been immensely proud of our faculty through this transition from in-person to largely online courses. It was another unconventional semester—but we experienced first-hand how our IAIA community comes together and truly demonstrated that we are #ManyNationsOneFamily.⁣

IAIA’s mission is “To empower creativity and leadership in Native Arts and cultures through higher education, life-long learning, and outreach.” This is more than a statement—it is the on-going objective of all that we do—and with all of the progress made this semester to further develop successful methods for online and hybrid course delivery, we anticipate the Spring 2021 semester to be even better.⁣

We wish everyone a happy finals week—keep going, finish strong, and don’t forget to pre-register for Spring 2021 classes. Those who register for classes before the end of the semester will be entered into a drawing to include IAIA swag.⁣

For information about Spring 2021 pre-registration advising, visit www.iaia.edu/spring-2021-pre-registration-advising/ (link in bio).⁣

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The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) is seeking internship sites for IAIA students. IAIA is in its fourth year of Ascendium Education Group funding, and aims to offer paid internships year-round for Cinematic Arts and Technology, Museum Studies, Indigenous Liberal Studies, Performing Arts, Creative Writing, and Studio Arts majors. Ascendium’s philanthropy “aims to clear the path for those whose route to postsecondary access and success contains a disproportionate number of stumbling blocks.” You can partake in providing meaningful and rewarding in-person or virtual internship experience for an IAIA student.⁣

To participate, contact IAIA Internship and Career Director Karen Gomez, at karen.gomez@iaia.edu or (505) 424-2319.⁣

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Students, have you registered for Spring 2021 classes yet? As the Fall 2020 semester comes to an end and we begin to prepare for next semester, we want to remind continuing and incoming students that those who register for classes before the end of the semester will be entered into a drawing to include Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) swag.

Similar to this semester, students can expect Spring 2021 classes to be delivered online either as synchronous (live online class sessions) or asynchronous (pre-recorded class sessions). Hybrid 16-week classes will again begin with 8-weeks of online delivery followed by 8-weeks of in-person course delivery.⁣

We would also like to remind our community that IAIA’s 10% tuition decrease still applies for the upcoming semester to make it easier for students to continue their education towards an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree. Furthermore, for those current and potential students who may face challenges due to low quality or total lack of connectivity to the Internet, IAIA is still committed to offering assistance through loaned laptops and tablets, aid for enhanced Internet services, and increased data plans for mobile phones.⁣

We know this semester has been harder than usual, and we are committed to supporting our students in reaching their educational goals as #ManyNationsOneFamily.⁣

For information about Spring 2021 pre-registration advising, visit www.iaia.edu/spring-2021-pre-registration-advising/ (link in bio).⁣

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The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) 2021 Spring Undergraduate Scholarship Application is now open. Competitive Scholarships have varying criteria funded by external donors and require applicants to submit an essay for consideration. For more information, including scholarship requirements, essay topic, criteria, and rubric, visit www.iaia.edu/iaia-2021-spring-undergraduate-scholarship-application/ (link in bio). The deadline to submit the application essay is Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 8 am (MT).⁣

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Black Friday may be over, but you can still get a great deal on official Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) merchandise now through Sunday, December 6, 2020. Just use the coupon code “blackfriday” at www.iaia.edu/store (link in bio) to receive a 25% discount and free shipping on IAIA merch like these hats, or the new official IAIA Pendleton® Blanket that features the art of Bennie Buffalo (Southern Cheyenne). Quantities are limited for the IAIA Pendleton® Blanket—secure yours today!⁣

One of the best ways to support IAIA is to purchase directly from the IAIA Store. Support IAIA’s mission, “To empower creativity and leadership in Native Arts and cultures through higher education, life-long learning, and outreach.”⁣

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This #GivingTuesday, you can give the gift of peace of mind to an Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) student by making a donation to the IAIA Scholarship Fund. The IAIA Scholarship Fund helps to reduce the financial burden of school, giving students the opportunity to focus more on their studies and less on how they will pay for it. Currently, over 85% of IAIA students receive some form of financial aid, and these students stay in school at twice the rate as students who do not receive financial support. Scholarships truly are vital to many of our students who may otherwise have to forgo a college education, and with your incredible generosity, we can continue to provide this invaluable resource to IAIA students.⁣

To make a donation, visit www.iaia.wufoo.com/forms/institute-of-american-indian-arts-iaia-donations/ (link in bio).⁣

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Native perspective. Literature. Brilliant. Hand-crafted. One-of-a-kind. Logo wear.⁣

Don’t miss the annual Black Friday sale from Friday, November 27–Sunday, December 6. The Store is offering a 25% discount and free shipping (free shipping for US orders only), or choose local pickup at the Museum Store or Campus Bookstore (please specify location, date, and time in the notes field of the order). Use coupon code “blackfriday” at www.iaia.edu/store (link in bio) to receive the discount.⁣

Purchase the new official Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Pendleton® Blanket that features the art of Bennie Buffalo (Southern Cheyenne)—limited quantity.⁣

One of the best ways to support IAIA is to purchase directly from the IAIA Store. Support the IAIA’s mission, “To empower creativity and leadership in Native Arts and cultures through higher education, life-long learning, and outreach”—make a purchase today.⁣

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VISIT THE COVID-19 PAGE

View the COVID-19 resource page on the IAIA website.