IAIA Developing Youth Outreach Program

Nov 15th, 1999 | By | Category: 11-2: Teacher Education, Tribal College News

The Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund has awarded the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) a $673,000 grant to develop a Native American Youth Art Outreach Program. Through collaborations with community organizations in Albuquerque and Denver, IAIA will increase young Native Americans’ access to high-quality arts experiences, including educational activities, performances, and exhibitions. Students enrolled at the IAIA will serve as teachers and mentors to the young people. Thus this program will also help the next generation of Native artists develop skills in engaging audiences.

IAIA President Della Warrior said the award from the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund enables the Institute to establish community arts partnerships that will develop artists and help Native youth resolve identity issues using art as a vehicle to positively reinforce their self-concepts. Using the grant, IAIA will serve urban Native youth and build a recruitment pool for the future. The Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund invests in programs that enhance the cultural life of communities and encourage people to make the arts and culture an active part of their everyday lives.

Also in July, IAIA received a $100,000 grant from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, which increases the Hearst Foundation’s endowed scholarship fund to $200,000. Interest from the endowment has supported the educational costs of 16 students in the past. The recent award will benefit additional students’ education at IAIA. The Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture and Arts Development was founded in 1962 as a congressionally chartered, two-year arts college.

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