HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD Reg. VI-08-66
Patricia Campbell
(817) 978-5974
For Release
September 12, 2008

Funding will be used to equip new Foundry and Sculpture and Media Arts Centers

ALBUQUERQUE - U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Steve Preston today awarded $5 million to seven Native American colleges and universities to expand, renovate, and equip their own facilities, to improve student housing, and to support construction of new facilities. The Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe received a $750,000 grant.

"These institutions of higher learning are critical to the health and vitality of their communities," said Preston. "HUD and these tribal colleges and universities are working hand-in-hand to improve their facilities so they can continue
to be a vital resource for their students, faculty and the communities they serve."

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) will use its grant to equip the new Foundry and Sculpture Center and
the New Media Arts Center - both premier facilities of IAIA's Science and Technology Complex, which is currently under construction on IAIA's campus. With the addition of the New Media and 3D arts training facilities, equipped
with cutting edge sculpture equipment, a state-of-the-art Foundry facility, Digital Dome presentation technology, production studio, and new computer laboratories, IAIA will be able to offer advanced, relevant, and culturally appropriate professional training for Native American students. The proposed equipment and enhanced facilities will allow IAIA to better address the needs of its students, and thereby increase its overall enrollment, retention and graduation rates, and further empower and support the artistic, economic, and social expressions of Native

The Tribal Colleges and Universities Program is one of several initiatives administered by HUD's Office of University Partnerships (OUP). Established in 1994, OUP is a catalyst for partnering colleges and universities with their communities in a shared search for answers to pressing urban problems. More information about OUP and its
programs is available on the Internet at


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