Institue of American Indian Arts

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) is the only four-year fine arts degree institution in the nation devoted to contemporary Native American and Alaska Native arts. It is devoted to the study of contemporary arts, as well as the art of education. IAIA also operates two centers, the Center for Lifelong Education and the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts.

Offering degrees in Studio Arts, New Media Arts, Creative Writing, Museum Studies and Indigenous Liberal Studies, IAIA has graduated more than 3,800 students and welcomes students from the 563 Federally-recognized tribes and beyond. In any given year, as many as 112 tribes are represented on campus, adding to the vibrant cultural mix of lAIA’s diverse and welcoming students, faculty and staff.

IAIA is as much a concept as a campus. It’s about cultural roots and cultural celebration. It s about supporting and advancing the very notion of contemporary Native art while still acknowledging the rich indigenous history and artistic expression that came before it. It’s about blazing new trails, finding new frontiers. It’s about pushing the limits of the arts and those who pursue and create it. IAIA will find the best in you and make it better.

Through the concept of art as a traditional path of creativity, IAIA excels at skill building, provoking thought and providing exceptional educational opportunities. IAIA is a place to embrace the past, enrich the present and create the future. To move ahead to paths yet unexplored and undiscovered.

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