IAIA to open new welcome center

Jul 1st, 2013 | By | Category: Online TC News, Tribal College News, Web Exclusive

BREAKING GROUND. President Robert Martin (far right) and the board of directors at IAIA ceremoniously begin work on the institute’s new welcome center. Photo by David Pecos

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA, Santa Fe, NM) recently broke ground on a new welcome center, which will house administrative services, as well as some student support services. The two-story building will be “green,” built to the new Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design’s energy efficiency standards.

When the welcome center is finished next year, about 10,000 square feet of space in the current administration building will be converted into classrooms and additional studio space. New buildings and renovations are needed as student enrollment has grown 115% in the past six years. More than 400 students are currently enrolled at IAIA.

To help pay for construction, IAIA has kicked off an 18-month, $1 million capital campaign. So far, the school has raised about 83% of its goal in cash and pledges. IAIA has also received federal grants and state bond funding to pay for construction. Some of the money raised will help staff a student health center. Contact Institutional Advancement director Alex Shapiro at (505) 424-2309 or ashapiro@iaia.edu to contribute to the capital campaign.

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