The University of Arizona

SWIAF 23-Year Run Ends

September 2015

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Arizona State Museum will no longer be producing the Southwest Indian Art Fair (SWIAF) due to continuing state budget cuts and dwindling human resources. Please know that this decision was not made lightly. We will take this as an opportunity to evolve, refocus, and rededicate ourselves to the museum’s core mission and its legally mandated responsibilities to manage, collect, preserve, research, and interpret Arizona's archaeological heritage.

As we more tightly align our public programs with our core mission and our available resources, we will continue to involve contemporary Native arts and artists in our efforts to highlight the museum’s world-class collections. We ask for your understanding as we strive to move forward in ways that are mission-critical, mission-focused, and financially sustainable. As this is going to be a long-term evolutionary process, we also ask for your confidence and patience.

A great outcome of 23 years of SWIAF has been the relationships established over the years. Please know that we are grateful to each and every one of you for your support of the event, specifically, and ASM, in general. To the SWIAF artists, event sponsors, community partners, service providers, and event volunteers, we extend our sincere appreciation.

Special thanks must be offered to ASM Members, the Friends of the ASM Collections, the ASM Docents, and members of the ASM Director’s Council. They are the museum’s most ardent and generous supporters who work side-by-side with us on a daily basis. We depend on them to help achieve our mission and to help us tell our stories out in the community.

You are all extremely important to us and we hope that our relationships will endure as we move forward with new community outreach efforts and cultural celebrations. We welcome you to our upcoming events and programs.

Thank you, one and all.

With deep appreciation,

Patrick D. Lyons

Patrick D. Lyons, Ph.D., RPA
Director, Arizona State Museum
Associate Professor, School of Anthropology