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Receives Grant for Fitness Equipment for New Performing Arts and Fitness Building Over $140,000 provided by the USDA

Santa Fe, NM - October, 3, 2017 - The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) has received a grant of $140,196 from the USDA Rural Development Tribal College Grant Program. The funds will be used to purchase fitness equipment that will be used by the IAIA students, faculty, and staff in IAIA Health and Performing Arts classes, and the student activity clubs, primarily in the soon-to-open Fitness and Performing Arts Building. The equipment includes gymnasium and weight training equipment such as treadmills, elliptical cross-trainers, stationary bicycles, and various weight training equipment(bicep curl, chest press, shoulder press, tricep extension, leg press, leg curl, pulldown, etc.). 
Computer rendering of the new building
IAIA also received three other grants from the USDA Rural Development Tribal Colleges Program from 2014-2016 totaling $449,102. The funds were used for the construction of the Fitness and Performing Arts Building. The dedication ceremony for the building will be held on Monday, November 6, 2017 at 3:30 in the afternoon, during the annual IAIA Open House
JoAnn Bishop, IAIA's Health and Fitness Director commented "IAIA is grateful for this generous grant, providing state of the art fitness equipment for our students.  Healthy bodies are important for student success."

To interview JoAnn Bishop, please contact Eric Davis, Marketing & Communications Director at 505.424.2351, or 

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About IAIA -- For over 50 years, the Institute of American Indian Arts has played a key role in the direction and shape of Native expression. With an internationally acclaimed college, museum, and tribal support resource through the IAIA Land Grant Programs, IAIA is dedicated to the study and advancement of Native arts and cultures -- and committed to student achievement and the preservation and progress of their communities.  Learn more about IAIA and our mission at



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