The Institute of American Indian Arts is a four-year college with majors in Studio Arts, Creative Writing, Museum Studies, Cinematic Arts, and Indigenous Liberal Studies, plus a low-residency MFA program. Founded in 1962, IAIA later became one of three Congressionally chartered colleges in the United States in 1986, and was charged with the study, preservation and dissemination of traditional and contemporary expressions of Native American language, literature, history, oral traditions, and the visual and performing arts. The IAIA Artist-in-Residence program brings Native American and First Nations artists to campus for variable-length residencies (2 - 8 weeks). Artists make new work and interact with IAIA students through structured class visits, Open Studio events, and public receptions.
We are located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, an vibrant economic center for arts and culture all out of proportion to its small size. The IAIA AiR program connects participants to other art organizations in the area, including the IAIA Museum of Contemporary native Arts, Santa Fe Art Institute, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, School for Advanced Research, Coe Foundation, Meow Wolf, and more.
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