IAIA Sponsors CloudTop Comedy Festival Indigenous Showcase September 15-17 at the Railyard in Santa Fe
The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) will be sponsoring the next Indigenous presentation of the CloudTop Comedy Festival – A Celebration of Indigenous Comedians in New Mexico on September 16th. Courtesy of IAIA
The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) is proud to sponsor the upcoming Indigenous Showcase of the CloudTop Comedy Festival – A Celebration of Native New Mexico Comedians, taking place September 16th at the Santa Fe Farmers Market in Santa Fe Station. Santa Fe.
In even more exciting news, four fabulous comedians from the Indigenous Showcase – and one IAIA student – will give a private preview to IAIA students, staff, and faculty on campus at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14. .
The actors are Ricardo Caté (Kewa Pueblo), Adrianne Chalepah (Kiowa and Apache), Cory Herrera (Cochiti Pueblo) and Josh Fournier (Diné):
- Caté is the creator of the satirical comic strip “Without Reserves”, published in the Santa Fe New Mexican. He is the only Native American cartoonist published in a mainstream daily. Caté has been acting since 2004 and opened for the popular Indigenous comic duo, James & Ernie.
- Chalepah is a boarding school graduate, comedian, mother, writer, actress, fearless cat lady, and IAIA alumna. She helped form the female stand-up troupe, “Ladies of Native Comedy”. Chalepah is a 2021 Lab of Yes and Laughter finalist and recipient of the first TimeWarner Media IAIA Creative Writing Fellowship. Check out her as “Cousin Shannon” on Peacock’s hit series, Rutherford Falls.
- Herrera is a comedian from Cochiti Pueblo. He is the only person from his tribe to have ever pursued a career in comedy. Herrera began performing in 2019 and had an accelerated introduction to the stage when he was featured in CloudTop Comedy Festival’s 2019 Future Comedy Showcase.
- Fournier was born on the Navajo reservation near Farmington, NM, and raised in Albuquerque. Having grown up immersed in Native American and colonial cultures, traditions and histories, he enjoys addressing the tensions between different cultures. Fournier has been recognized as Albuquerque’s funniest and favorite comedian.
The CloudTop Comedy Festival takes place from September 15 to 17.
CloudTop is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that promotes world-class and emerging comics through professional support, workshops, networking, and their annual festival. They work to build a strong community of comedians and comedians in northern New Mexico.
For more information, contact Jason S. Ordaz, IAIA Director of Communications, at [email protected]
Institute of Native American Arts (IAIA)
The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) – the cradle of contemporary Native American art – has been the educational home of esteemed and innovative artists, writers, filmmakers, performers and leaders since 1962. IAIA continues to grow on its magnificent 140-acre lot. campus in Santa Fe. Named one of the top arts institutions in the world by UNESCO and the International Art Association and accredited by the Higher Education Commission, IAIA offers undergraduate degrees in Film Arts and Technology, Creative Writing , Native Liberal Studies, Museum Studies, Performing Arts and Studio Arts. ; graduate degrees in creative writing, plastic arts and cultural administration; and certificates in broadcast journalism, business and entrepreneurship, museum studies, and Native American art history. The college enrolls approximately 500 full-time Native American and non-Native American students from around the world, representing nearly one hundred federally recognized tribes.
From its humble beginnings on the Indian School campus of Santa Fe, the IAIA began collecting and exhibiting the works of its students, forming a collection that became the basis of the world’s premier museum representing the arts and Contemporary Indigenous Cultures – the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Indigenous Arts (MoCNA). MoCNA continues to expand its celebrated collection of nearly 10,000 works of art, hosting many progressive and innovative exhibitions, both traveling and in our downtown Santa Fe museum.
The Making History theme encompasses 2022 IAIA and MoCNA events celebrating a rich history and looking forward to a vibrant future. They ask everyone to join them in celebrating IAIA’s 60th anniversary and MoCNA’s half-centennial anniversaries throughout this monumental year as “we continue to make history.”