IAIA Building New Media, Museum, Science Centers

Nov 15th, 2008 | By | Category: 20-2: Native Green, Tribal College News

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA, Santa Fe, NM) received $7.65 million in grant funding from the Department of Education to expand campus facilities. The award from the Department of Education’s Title III program provides funding to “improve and strengthen the academic quality, institutional management, and fiscal stability of eligible institutions.”

A $1.65 million grant will support the construction of IAIA’s Foundry and Sculpture Center; the facility will house the three-dimensional art program of IAIA’s Studio Arts degree. Students will study woodworking, welding, forging, casting, ceramics, and large-scale metal, stone and glass sculpture in the new building. It will alleviate current space limitations and improve overall safety conditions, as well.

IAIA’s new Science and Technology Building will be supported by a $3 million per year, two-year grant. This building will house three major areas: 1) a New Media Arts Center with advanced digital technologies and a multi-media presentation theater (to enhance the instruction capabilities of the new media arts degree program), 2) a Museum Conservation Center to house IAIA’s National Collection of Contemporary Native American Art, along with conservation teaching laboratories to provide students with hands-on training in collections care and conservation, and 3) a Science Center that will contain laboratories and flexible instructional spaces to better deliver the science portion of the general education requirements of IAIA’s degree programs.

IAIA has secured an additional $500,000 for the Science and Technology building from the state of New Mexico through Severance Tax Bonds. The General Obligation Bond “D,” which has the potential to provide an additional $500,000, will be on the November ballot. Other funding required to complete the construction of both buildings is being sought as well.

Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee), IAIA president, says, “The full build-out of our campus is a priority in IAIA’s strategic plan, and the construction of these buildings will undoubtedly enhance our ability to recruit the best student scholars and provide them the finest education possible in Native arts and culture.”

For more information on any of these programs, call the president’s office at (505) 424-2302. For more information about IAIA, visit www.iaia.edu.

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