IAIA announces Summer Exchange Program with UIEM 10 Universidad Intercultural del Estado de Mexico students to visit Santa Fe in July 2015

IAIA Summer Exchange

SANTA FE — The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) will host a Summer Exchange Program with the Universidad Intercultural del Estado de Mexico (UIEM) at the IAIA campus in Santa Fe, New Mexico from July 5 through July 18, 2015. The purpose of the program is to provide UIEM students an opportunity for an international/intercultural educational experience – and to implement a program of academic exchange opportunities and reciprocal networks of support for students, faculty, and staff of IAIA — as well as for the Indigenous universities of Mexico.

IAIA will provide round trip transportation from El Paso, Texas, room and board, instruction, and other activities for ten UIEM students and two UIEM faculty or staff members.

Students will receive 12 contact hours of instruction in each the following areas:

Photography – The objective of this course will be to provide a fundamental understanding of digital imaging from both a technical and theoretical point of view.

History – This course will explore the history and cultural expression of New Mexico.

Moving Images – Students will have the opportunity, through hands-on exercises, to learn how to work with simple pocket camcorders, microphones, and iMovie editing software or equivalent entry-level technology.

Museum Studies – Students will explore curatorial theories, methodologies, and current practices. Models of community involvement and collaboration will be utilized in designing a cultural presentation.

Stephen Wall, Chair, Indigenous Liberal Studies Department, and the key person in the development of this program, stated:  “As IAIA moves into its future, it is vitally important that we establish and maintain relationships with our Indigenous brothers and sisters with whom we share this hemisphere.”

Offering undergraduate degrees in Studio Arts, Creative Writing, Cinematic Arts and Technology, Indigenous Liberal Studies, and Museum Studies — and a graduate degree in Creative Writing — IAIA is the only college in the nation dedicated to the study of contemporary Native arts. The school serves 531 Native and non-Native American college students from across the globe.  IAIA is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges — and is the only college in New Mexico accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. 

For more information on the Summer Exchange Program, or to schedule an interview, please contact Stephen Wall, Indigenous Liberal Studies Chair at 505.424.2376 or swall@iaia.edu.

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