IAIA - Institute of American Indian Arts

Summer Bridge Program

High school students who are interested in art can come to the IAIA campus for three weeks during the summer to not only engage their creative side but brush up on math and English skills during the Summer Bridge Program.

In 2014, the theme for the program June 29 – July 19 is centered around water, as water is the source of life. Water has physical, emotional, metaphorical, and spiritual meanings important to humankind, with special meanings for tribal peoples everywhere. Clean and safe water has become increasingly endangered. The impact of climate change, water pollution, water scarcity, and water as commodity will all be explored.

Students and faculty will explore water through multiple lenses: cultural, academic, creative, health, environment. They will gain deeper understanding and greater respect for our interrelationship with this life source.


Students will be eligible to earn seven college credits:

  • 1 credit HEAL course – fitness and wellness activities as well as opportunities for river rafting, hiking, and outdoor experiences
  • 3 credit College Readiness course includes Expanding the Circle, a Native-based college readiness curriculum, along with skill-building for college math and English.
  • 3 credit course in one of the following: Intro to Cinematic Arts; Intro to Drawing or Poetry Writing I

Additional Activities

  • Attendance at Cochiti Pueblo’s annual Feast Day July 14
  • Field trips to the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and other important Native American cultural resources, led by IAIA’s Museum Studies faculty
  • Rafting trip down the Rio Grande Rift Valley
  • Taos Pueblo Powwow July 12
  • Film Nights, including films at IAIA’s Digital Dome

IAIA Application, Fees & Required Documents

  • Download the 2014 Summer Bridge Program Application & Forms (download file icon, 553.9 KiB)

  • $25.00 application fee
  • Copy of High School transcripts 2.5 minimum GPA (see your high school Registrar to obtain.)
  • One letter of recommendation, written by a teacher, supervisor or community leader who can make a recommendation based on merit
  • Statement of Interest, one page, answer the following: How will this Summer Bridge program impact your college plans?
  • Scholarship Form & Course Choice options
  • FERPA Release Form/Liability Forms
  • Emergency Contact Form
  • Copy of Medical Insurance
  • Housing Application – *Note: the deposit requirements on Housing Application do not apply; these are for regular degree seeking students
  • Physical/Immunization Record
  • Roommate Agreement form


  • Tuition for 7 college credits: $280
  • Room & Board: $881

*Partial and Full Scholarships are available; please fill out the Scholarship Form included in the Application. Travel expenses are not covered. Alaska Native stipends may be available for travel expenses (more information will be made available).

All documents should be sent to

IAIA – Summer Bridge Program
Attn: Nena Anaya
83 Avan Nu Po Road
Santa Fe, NM  87508

Deadline: April 25, 2014.

Acceptance letters will be sent by May 2, 2014.


Nena Martinez Anaya
Enrollment Management Director IAIAStudent Success Center (SSC)
Work Phone: 505.424.2331
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