IAMA was conceived as a permanent museum dedicated to displaying artworks made by talented artists from all over the world. Proudly a part of San Francisco's downtown community, the International Art Museum of America (IAMA) is a nonprofit art museum that strives to provide a global lens for people to appreciate art and culture by unveiling the hidden bonds among seemingly disparate worlds. IAMA works continuously to collect diverse artworks to expand their collection, thus promoting harmony and peace among people.

When IAMA was first founded, H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III loaned the museum about 100 of his pieces. The works of H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III have been recognized with numerous awards over the years—the Presidential Gold Award, the Dr. Martin Luther King Legacy Award for International Service and Leadership, Fellowship by the Royal Academy of Arts in 2004 and a World Peace Prize at the US Capitol in 2011.

Since its founding in 2011, the International Art Museum has been a place of peaceful reflection and international understanding. The collection in the museum has grown to include art from China, Algeria, Belgium, England, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Russia, Scotland, and the United States. The works of traditional calligraphy, Western oil painting, modern ink brush landscapes, sculptures and portraits, all work together to showcase the diversity of human experience and perception.