Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Scholarship Dinner and Auction Raised $354,458 for Student Success

AIA Director of Institutional Advancement Danyelle Means, along with some of the volunteers from the event. Photo by Eric Davis.

Published September 15, 2019

SANTA FE, N.M. — IAIA Director of Institutional Advancement Danyelle Means (Oglala Lakota), has announced that the IAIA Annual Scholarship Dinner and Auction, held on August 14, 2019, raised at least $354,458 for critically needed scholarship funds that assist IAIA students in reaching their academic and artistic goals. These funds will support 209 students, with the school awarding 520 scholarships this Fall.

The Office of Institutional Advancement (OIA) honored students, staff, and faculty volunteers with a Thank You party on September 4, 2017. Danyelle Means   thanked all for their assistance at the Dinner. Several students remarked on their experience and the rewards of giving back to the school that has done so much for them.

People who contributed works and/or experiences to the auctions at the Dinner included Representative Deb Haaland (Laguna Pueblo), Amangiri Resort,    Tommy Orange (Cheyenne/Arapaho) ’16,  Keri Ataumbi (Kiowa) ’96 & Atumn Borts-Medlock (Santa Clara Pueblo), Gregory Lomayesva (Hispanic/Hopi), George Alexander (Muscogee[Creek}) ’16, Patricia Michaels (Taos Pueblo) ’89, Cara Romero  (Chemehuevi) ’05, Diego Romero (Cochiti Pueblo) ’86, Rose B Simpson (Santa Clara Pueblo) ’07 and ’18, Jeff Kahm (Plains Cree) ’92, Jody Naranjo (Santa Clara Pueblo) ’90, Tania Larsson (Gwich’in) ’17, Kevin Red Star (Crow) ’65, Dale Chihuly, Glenda Loretto (Jemez Pueblo) ’93, and more.

Lead sponsors for the event included the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation and the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians. Additional sponsors included Stagecoach Foundation and Walt Disney Imagineering.

Director of Institutional Advancement Danyelle Means commented: “Every year the generosity of those who attend our Scholarship Dinner and Auction amazes me. From our volunteers, students, and alumni who donated their artworks — to the sponsors and attendees who came and generously gave, we are grateful. Thank you for another stellar year!”.

To arrange an interview with Danyelle Means, please contact Eric Davis at 505.424.2351, or eric.davis@iaia.edu.

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