IAIA Offering Four-Year Degree Programs

Feb 15th, 2002 | By | Category: 13-3: Sustaining Our Future, Tribal College News

The Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture and Arts Development (IAIA), the only museum and college in the nation devoted to Native arts and culture, has been granted four-year accreditation by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design for two of its programs. IAIA will now offer the bachelor of fine arts degree as well as the associate arts degree in both Museum Studies and Creative Writing. Upon hearing news of the award, Della Warrior, president of the IAIA, said, “This additional accreditation is a major milestone for the institute in terms of recognizing not only our commitment to excellence but our ability to follow through on that promise.”

The accreditation is a significant achievement for this institution whose very existence was threatened by massive budget cuts just four years ago.  In 1997 their annual federal appropriation was slashed from $10 million to $5.5 million and later to $2.5 million. Since then the IAIA has reduced its dependency on federal funding by 33% through increased private contributions and earned income programs and raised $9.8 million to establish a permanent home on 140 acres south of Santa Fe, NM.

IAIA’s Creative Writing Program is chaired by award-winning poets and writers Arthur Sze and Jon Davis.  Courses are offered in a variety of subjects, including literature, creative writing, poetry writing, playwriting, multicultural literature, native American journalism, text-image collaboration, and English composition.

The museum studies program is chaired by Chuck Dailey and Barbara Lucero Sand. Classes are held at both the IAIA campus and at the IAIA Museum, located in downtown Santa Fe.  The Museum functions as an academic laboratory for Museum studies and a venue for student and alumni shows.

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