OCTOBER 1, 1962


The IAIA was co-founded by Lloyd Kiva New & Dr. George Boyce in 1962 with funding from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and based upon the recommendation of the BIA Department of Education and the Indian Arts and Crafts Board. Beginning on the Santa Fe Indian School campus, from 1962-79, IAIA ran a high school program. It began offering college & graduate-level art courses in 1975. In 1986, IAIA was congressionally chartered as a nonprofit organization and, in 1994, it was designated a land-grant college alongside 31 other tribal colleges. In 2001, the school was accredited, including the accreditation of 4-year degrees. A 2-year low-residency MFA in creative writing was accredited in 2013.  Today, IAIA sits south of downtown Santa Fe and also operates the Museum of Contemporary Native Art (pictured), as well as the Center for Lifelong Education. IAIA is a member of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium.

Source:  Wikipedia.
Photo:  Ken Lund, 3/14/2004.  Permissive Use.  Source: Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico | Flickr