Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) is a unique tribal college in that it is chartered by the United States Congress to empower creativity and leadership in Native arts and cultures through higher education, lifelong learning, and outreach. The College is accredited by both the Higher Learning Commission and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Located in Sante Fe, New Mexico, IAIA is the only four-year degree fine arts institution in the nation devoted to contemporary Native American and Alaska Native arts.
Institute of American Indian Arts offers a variety of AA, AFA, BA, and BFA degree programs—along with an MFA in Creative Writing. The College also offers numerous certificate programs including Business and Entrepreneurship. Institute of American Indian Arts has graduated more than 3,800 students, and welcomes students from the 567 federally-recognized tribes and non-Native Americans looking to obtain a world-class arts education. In any given year, as many as 112 tribes are represented on campus, with about 20 percent of its student body non-Native American. And with a diverse community of Native and non-Native students, faculty, and staff, IAIA is committed to promoting tolerance and acceptance—along with fostering a culture of inclusion and empowerment for all.
In addition to a strong academic program, IAIA also operates the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in downtown Santa Fe—home to the National Collection of Contemporary Native Art. With close to 8,000 pieces of artwork, this is largest collection of contemporary artwork in the world.
As a 1994 Tribal College/Land Grant institution, IAIA is also responsible for promoting and strengthening New Mexico tribal programs in the area of food and agricultural science through programs in education, extension, research, and community outreach.