Indian Pueblo Cultural Center launches Renewal Starts Here fundraising campaign

Pictured: Cellicion Dance Group, Zuni Pueblo.(Photo: Joel Wigelsworth, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center)

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Indian Pueblo Cultural Center trying to weather the storm of the pandemic

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Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (IPCC), like the rest of New Mexico, has had to make numerous adjustments in the wake of COVID-19. As one of New Mexico’s top destinations for tourism, educational opportunities, and cultural exchange, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is an important landmark for the state. For 10 years, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center held its annual fundraising gala, an elegant and culturally immersive experience that helped raise some of Indian Pueblo Cultural Center’s annual operating funds to support its mission to preserve and perpetuate Pueblo culture. With large gatherings currently prohibited, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center has embarked on an imperative fundraising effort to help support its mission and continue its role as the Gateway to the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico.

Pictured: The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Pictured: The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.(Photo: Indian Pueblo Cultural Center)

In lieu of the gala that historically took place every September, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center has created a multifaceted fundraising campaign: Renewal Starts Here. The campaign highlights Indian Pueblo Cultural Center’s wide-ranging programs that provide cultural, educational, and community impact, and encourages financial support of Indian Pueblo Cultural Center’s programming and eventual reopening.

Donation levels range from $1 to $10,000 and above, with many donor levels receiving handcrafted Native American pottery and other works created especially for this fundraiser as a token of appreciation for the support. Membership packages are also included with most levels of giving.

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center - IPCC Renewal 2020
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Renewal 2020(Image: Indian Pueblo Cultural Center)

The artwork used in the campaign’s background imagery, “Evoking the Spirit of Renewal,” was created by De Haven Solimon Chaffins (Laguna, Zuni), the current featured artist in Indian Pueblo Cultural Center’s Art Through Struggle Gallery. Her overarching themes of renewal, hope, and overcoming adversity were perfect for Indian Pueblo Cultural Center as the institution has been trying to weather the storm of the pandemic.

When Indian Pueblo Cultural Center’s physical doors temporarily closed during the early stages of the pandemic, the organization focused its attention on helping the Pueblos through the Pueblo Relief Fund. Now, it’s time for Indian Pueblo Cultural Center to refocus on its mission to preserve and perpetuate Pueblo culture, so that it may reemerge and reopen successfully next year. However, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center will need help to do this.

With its physical Center closed, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center has remained hard at work planning and creating virtual programs, online museum exhibits, virtual museum tours, and other fascinating materials to help the public learn about Pueblo culture. From Pueblo Book Club to Cultural Native Dance Program to Seasons of Growth and more, people can stay connected to Pueblo culture and won’t have to miss out on their favorite Indian Pueblo Cultural Center programs.

Organizations and individuals can offer their support and learn more by visiting RenewalStartsHere.org.

About Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Founded in 1976 by the 19 Pueblo tribes of New Mexico, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (IPCC) is a world-class museum and cultural center located in the historic 19 Pueblos District. The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center’s mission is to preserve and perpetuate Pueblo culture, and to advance understanding, by presenting with dignity and respect, the accomplishments and evolving history of the Pueblo peoples of New Mexico. Visitors can learn fascinating history, shop for Native jewelry and art, watch a cultural dance, hear Native languages, and experience the flavors of traditional and contemporary Native cuisine. 

To learn more, please visit: www.facebook.com/IndianPueblo and www.indianpueblo.org

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center logo, IPCC
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