The Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies

The center supports multiple and varied programs that bridge the worlds of academia and the wider community. These interdisciplinary programs include sponsorship of public lectures, museum programs for the public, and community exchange through workshops, projects, and collaborations. Program subjects include indigenous material culture, oral history, environment and climate change, education, food, and health.

The Ortiz Center was founded as a collaborative endeavor between the Department of Anthropology and the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico for the purpose of academic outreach within and beyond the campus environment. The center is named for the late UNM anthropology professor, MacArthur fellow, and native of Ohkay Owingeh (formerly San Juan Pueblo), Alfonso Ortiz. In keeping with Dr. Ortiz’s vision, the center strives to make academic knowledge relevant, useful, and accountable to the university and the community at large, as well as to enhance, inform, and support community scholars, artists, writers, policy makers, and researchers whose work is relevant to the study of human life and experience. The Ortiz Center thus seeks to serve as a site and resource for the pursuit of knowledge through inclusive dialogue, exchange, and innovation.

Spring 2024 Call For Project Proposals

Deadline to Apply: April 17, 2024

The Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies invites applications from UNM faculty and students of the Department of and Anthropology and the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology to apply for funding to support collaborative initiatives in the arts, humanities and social sciences that bridge academia and the wider community. Proposals may include but are not limited to lectures, museum exhibits, creative works, workshops, conferences, and research and creative projects that focus on material culture and oral history, environment and climate change, education, language use and reclamation, food, health, or any other topic of interest to participating communities. We support fully-developed collaborative projects, with budgets up to $10,000. We also provide seed funds to develop longer-term and/or larger-scale collaborative projects with budgets up to $3,000. Graduate Students are eligible to apply for the small grants. 

Application Form and Guidelines:

Spring 2024 Ortiz Center Grant Application.

For more detailed guidelines and instructions, click here

Email the completed application to by 5pm April 17, 2024.


Land Acknowledgement 

The Ortiz Center endorses the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology’s Land Acknowledgment as post to their website:

The University of New Mexico and the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology sit on and among the traditional homelands of multiple sovereign nations. We acknowledge the deep connections of the Pueblo, Diné, and Apache peoples to the land and the significant contributions of past, present, and future Indigenous peoples and communities to life and culture in the greater Southwest, the United States, and the world at large. In acknowledging these connections, we express our gratitude for the opportunity to live, work, and learn on this land. We honor our relationships with Indigenous peoples and commit to working towards reconciling injustices, restoring voices, and realizing community going forward.

The University of New Mexico also has a land acknowledgment, which can be found at:



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