IAIA Receives $1.5 Million GrantAug 15th, 1997 | By tcj | Category: 9-2: Re-envisioning Indian Education, Tribal College News
The Institute of American Indian Arts in New Mexico has been awarded a grant of $1.5 million from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The three-year grant will support IAIA Museum’s programs and activities. The project will help IAIA capitalize on its cultural diversity by making the museum a community learning center, according to IAIA President Beatrice Rivas Sanchez. Museum Director Fred Nahwooksy (Comanche) says the grant will enhance the museum’s efforts to improve the public’s understanding of Indian art and culture.
The museum was founded in 1971 to support the overall philosophy of the Institute of American Indian Arts, a two-year fine arts college. The museum’s goals are to facilitate the educational studies and training mission of the institute and to collect, care for, research. and exhibit the artwork of the students, taculty, and alumni. The museum also seeks to collect, care for, and exhibit artwork by other indigenous artists so the collections will be a National Collection of Contemporary Indian Art. More than 70,000 visitors are expected to visit the museum this year.