IAIA - Institute of American Indian Arts

Over $100,000 Raised for Scholarships at Annual IAIA Event

80s gala

Attendees wearing '80s inspired clothes. Photo by Julien McRoberts.

Santa Fe, NM | Jul 20, 2010 –

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) is pleased to announce that “The ‘80s: A Totally Rad Revolution” gala, which occurred August 18, 2010 at the historic La Fonda on the Plaza, raised nearly $110,000 for student scholarships and programs—nearly $20,000 more than last year’s event. IAIA President Robert Martin (Cherokee Nation) said, “We are thrilled that this event was so successful, and are incredibly grateful to our donors for their unwavering support. The money raised will help individual students, which in turn supports our important mission of empowering creativity and leadership in Native arts and cultures.”

Since the event paid homage to the days of Izods and big hair, attendees had fun dressing up in ‘80s inspired clothing. James McGrath, one of IAIA’s founding professors, accepted IAIA’s Visionary Award during the gala. Comedian Drew Lacapa performed a stand-up bit and also emceed the event. IAIA alumni Denise Wallace and Tony Abeyta served as honorary co-chairs. Community volunteers Beverly Chapman and Joe Ortiz enlisted friends new and old to support the gala’s goal of raising money for students and art was generously donated by numerous IAIA alumni, many who graduated in the ‘80s.

As IAIA turns 50 in 2012, the organization has been celebrating each decade since its founding at this annual gala event. Next year the gala will pay tribute to the ‘90s.

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