Join the Party and Wish the Institute of American Indian Arts a Happy 50th Birthday

It’s time to join the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) and celebrate as the nation’s only four-year fine arts institution dedicated to the study of contemporary Native arts celebrates 50 years. The IAIA will host an open house and its 50th anniversary celebration from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, October 13 at the IAIA campus in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“We consider this place the birthplace of contemporary Native art,” IAIA President Robert Martin told The Santa Fe New Mexican as he prepared for the 50th anniversary celebration of the school, located on Avan Nu Po Road on the south side of town. “This event gives us an opportunity to really look at our past, our history and our contributions and share those all, not only with our current staff and students, but with the community at large.”

The all-day event kicks off at 10 a.m. with a keynote address by Gerald McMaster, an IAIA alum who is serving as co-artistic director of the 2012 Biennale of Sydney in Australia. Programs include moderated panel discussions about the institute’s various educational programs including creative writing, studio arts, museum studies and indigenous studies. The festivities also include a digital-dome demonstration, storytelling, free lunch and, near the end, cake and ice cream.

Can’t make the celebration? IAIA will be streaming the panel sessions and the keynote speaker live online starting at 11 a.m. Saturday.

For all the details, including a schedule of events, click here.

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