Thursday, July 24, 2008

Institute of American Indian Arts Receives $7.65 Million

Department of Education Awards Funding to Improve, Expand Facilities

Santa Fe, NM – The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) has announced $7.65 million in grants from the Department of Education to expand campus facilities. The award comes from the Department of Education’s Title III program that 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, a facility that will house the three-dimensional art program of IAIA’s Studio Arts degree. The new building will enable students to study woodworking, welding, forging, casting, ceramics and large scale metal, stone and glass sculpture.

IAIA’s new Science and Technology Building will be supported by a $3 million per year, two-year grant. This building will house 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), 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 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.

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