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MIAC & CNMA Present Innovation in Archaeology Series
JUNE 23, 2020
(Santa Fe, New Mexico) – The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture and the Center for New Mexico Archaeology announce a new virtual speaker series called " Innovation in Archaeology . " The hour-long online lectures will begin on July 15. 

Museum of Indian Arts & Culture to Hold Virtual Native Treasures Auction
JUNE 8, 2020
(Santa Fe, New Mexico) – The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture and the Museum of New Mexico Foundation are pleased to announce a special online Native Treasures Auction from June 19 to 28, with registration to begin June 11.

Museum of Indian Arts & Culture to Receive $60K from Henry Luce Foundation
MAY 15, 2020
SANTA FE – The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture (MIAC) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $60,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation as part of an emergency response to cultural institutions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

MIAC Hosts a Special Mother’s Day "Our Fair New Mexico" Virtual Concert, Featuring Jacob Shije
MAY 7, 2020
(Santa Fe, New Mexico) – The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), in partnership with state museums, historic sites, and cultural institutions, announces a special Mother’s Day concert, as part of our weekly series of virtual musical concerts. 

POSTPONED: Honoring Native Women in the Media Arts
MARCH 5, 2020
(Santa Fe, New Mexico) – The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC), in partnership with the New Mexico History Museum (NMHM), is honored to host its second annual “Trailblazer” awards. This year, the museums are honoring important Native women in New Mexico media for Women’s History Month. The honorees include Royale Dá, Tara Gatewood, Diane Reyna, and Beulah Sunrise, all native New Mexicans.     

A Place in Clay Set to Open at MIAC
FEBRUARY 25, 2020
(Santa Fe, New Mexico) – The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC) is pleased to announce the opening of the 2020 Native Treasures Living Treasure exhibition, featuring artwork by this year’s honoree, Kathleen Wall (Jemez Pueblo).   The exhibition,  A Place in Clay , seamlessly moves between clay sculptures and acrylic paintings, in which Wall engages with and explores her high desert surroundings. Finding inspiration in both her family’s artistic practices and the environment of Jemez Pueblo, Wall ask questions surrounding food sovereignty, language, and connection to place. 

MIAC in search of Pick-Up Truck for Here, Now and Always Exhibition
FEBRUARY 10, 2020
(Santa Fe, New Mexico) – With the upcoming renovation of the  Here, Now and Always ( HNA ) exhibition at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC), the museum and its staff are hard at work planning and executing the curation of the exhibition. There any many new and interactive sections that are planned to be installed during the restoration, however, MIAC is asking for the public’s help in acquiring one of their envisioned interactive objects. MIAC is searching for a pre-21st century (Chevy or Ford) pick-up truck that is intended to be a part of the Language and Song section of HNA . The truck will serve as a focus object that will give visitors the option to sit in and hear music and languages form indigenous areas around the Southwest.

MIAC Presents Dr. Joseph “Woody” Aguilar
JANUARY 13, 2020
“An Indigenous Archaeology of a Colonial Encounter in the Pueblo Southwest.”
(Santa Fe, New Mexico) – On Sunday, February 2, 2020, at 1 p.m., the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture hosts Dr. Joseph “Woody” Aguilar for “An Indigenous Archaeology of a Colonial Encounter in the Pueblo Southwest,” which is based on Aguilar’s research and fieldwork over the last decade. An enrolled member of San Ildefonso Pueblo, Aguilar received a Doctorate of Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania last year.

Temporary Closing of Here, Now and Always  
JANUARY 6, 2020
(Santa Fe, New Mexico) — From its beginnings in 1989,  Here, Now and Always  (HNA), a permanent exhibition at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC), emphasized Native knowledge and worldview. In the decades before its opening in 1997, museum representations of Native life and history were told by non-Native “experts” who stood on the outside looking in. They often represented Native cultures as existing in the past, discounting the living cultures of today — cultures whose traditions and lifeways have long been steeped in the humanities. HNA challenged and changed all that. It realized a new standard for seeing and sharing the Native world — from the community’s point of view.

Canes of Power Film Screening
DECEMBER 16, 2019

Closing of Beyond Standing Rock 
NOVEMBER 22, 2019
(Santa Fe, New Mexico) - The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture  (MIAC) will be closing its highly regarded exhibition,  Beyond Standing Rock . The exhibit examined artistic expressions to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and provides a timely look – given the battle at Chaco Canyon – at similar encroachments and violations of Native American sovereignty, many of which have impacted Native health and sacred lands.

Popular Seasonal Ornament Workshops in December at Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
NOVEMBER 12, 2019
(Santa Fe, New Mexico) – The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture’s popular ornament workshops return this year for four sessions in December. There are also two additional opportunities to make ornaments during the pottery demonstration of Lorrain Gala Lewis Wednesday, Dec. 11, and during the Museum Hill Holiday Stroll, Friday Dec. 13.