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Museum of Indian Arts & Culture executive director departing

NOVEMBER 20, 2023

SANTA FE – Today, the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs and Museum of Indian Arts & Culture (MIAC) announce the departure of Executive Director Polly Nordstrand, who has played a crucial role in creating collaborative relationships with the many Native Nations in the state. Nordstrand is relocating to California to be closer to family. 

“Polly has been an outstanding leader for the museum as an active proponent for engagement with communities statewide, especially Tribal communities,” said Cabinet Secretary Debra Garcia y Griego. “The department is thankful for her services and wishes her the best in all her future endeavors.” 

Nordstrand is a recognized leader in the museum field, who came to the museum from Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, with previous experience at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Museum and Denver Art Museum. During her tenure, she oversaw renewed education and outreach programs and worked closely with Indigenous communities. 

“I have enjoyed the comradery of the team of division directors within DCA. While we each work on museums with a separate focus, we have a shared vision for vibrant cultural experiences in New Mexico,” said Nordstrand. “Museum audiences expect museums to be responsive and inclusive. It has been very encouraging to have the Secretary’s support to advance relationships with Tribal leadership in everything that we do. MIAC will continue to be leader in the field by creating collaborative relationships with the many Native Nations in the state.” 

Nordstrand’s last day will be December 1.