IAIA Launches 40th Anniversary CelebrationAug 15th, 2002 | By tcj | Category: 14-1: Honoring Our Students, Tribal College News
The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) has launched a yearlong celebration of its 40th anniversary. On Friday, April 19, the school hosted a parade in downtown Santa Fe, NM, where several entertainment groups, descendants of the Trails of Tears, dancers, students, and dignitaries walked from the IAIA museum to the Plaza bandstand. There, Carol Robertson Lopez, mayor pro tem of Santa Fe, read a proclamation for the school’s anniversary. A feast at the IAIA museum followed the parade. The weekend kick-off festivities also included a pow-wow and the crowning of the new Miss IAIA. Events are scheduled throughout the year in and around Santa Fe. These include a golf tournament in September and an anniversary gala in October.
Founded in 1962 by former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy as a Bureau of Indian Affairs school, IAIA became a federally chartered art school with a presidentially appointed board of directors in 1986. The college is the only academic institution dedicated solely to the study and practice of artistic traditions of all American Indians and Alaska Natives. It holds international acclaim.
The college has also recently received a $146,230 grant from the U.S. Health and Human Services Department’s Administration for Native Americans, which continues a grant it won last year. The money will help the institute to expand its gift shop and its marketing activities. When announcing the grant, U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici (R-NM), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and long-term supporter of the institute, said, “The school is creating an oasis for the development of the artistic work of American Indians. I’m glad ANA has agreed to continue its support for offering these works to the public.” ANA is an agency that promotes the goal of social and economic self-sufficiency for the more than 500 federally recognized American Indian tribes.
In other news from IAIA, Charlene Teters, an artist, writer, and professor, received the 2002 Allan Houser Memorial Governor’s Award. The governor presents the award to a Native American who has demonstrated outstanding artistic success and community involvement. The award was created in 1994 to pay tribute to the late Chiricahua Apache sculptor, patriarch of Native American sculptors, and former instructor at the Institute of American Indian Arts.