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Thu 6/2, 5:30pm

The History of Graffiti

FREE. A film screening of "Black Book Graffiti: Word Write Large(The Birth of the Black Book)" and a talk back with James Top, CEO of The Odd Partners Graffiti Crew.

Tue 6/7, 5:30pm

Women Navigating the New Normal: Exploring Prison Re-Entry

FREE. An honest discussion about the difficulties women face when returning home after prison, between Babz Rawls-Ivy and Tiheba Bain, who have been through the experience.

Thu 6/9, 5:30pm

Un(Re)solved Talk

FREE. In this virtual event, director and immersive artist Tamara Shogaolu, the creator of Un(re)solved, will discuss the installation in conversation with artist and filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris.

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Where to Get your Copy of Joy Harjo's AN AMERICAN SUNRISE for the NEA BIG READ

The International Festival of Arts & Ideas invites you to join us as we celebrate US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo's An American Sunrise, the Festival’s choice for the 2021 NEA Big Read. Harjo’s poems sing...

Five Poems by US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo

The poems of US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo sing of beauty and survival, illuminating a spirituality that connects her to her ancestors and thrums with the quiet anger of living amid the ruins of...

Imagine with the Festival May 14 - June 27, 2021

Festival 2021 will feature 200+ events—80% free—with luminaries like choreographer Ronald K. Brown, Indigenous theater director Madeline Sayet, and a high drama, high fashion Hair Art show.

Interview with Artistic Director & Choreographer Ronald K. Brown

Get to know dancer and choreographer Ronald K. Brown and EVIDENCE: A Dance Company, which mixes traditional African dances with contemporary music and staging.

New Year's Resolutions: Looking forward with Shelley Quiala

Executive Director Shelley Quiala sets intentions her for the new year,

Looking Back at 2020 with the Festival

2020 has been one of the most challenging of our lifetimes, but in a year of great challenge, we found great creativity. Here are some favorite Festival moments.

Welcoming our New Director of Programming

The International Festival of Arts & Ideas welcomes Malakhi Eason as its new Director of Programming and Community Impact, following an international search guided by Arts Consulting Group.


Podcasters Maria Isa & Jessica Lopez Lyman of Latina Theory moderate a discussion between authors Paola Mendoza and Abby Sher about their new book SANCTUARY.

Artsucation™ Academy Network: Live from Senegal

In this performance, recorded live in Senegal, Hanan is performing alongside the M'BOSSE DANCE COMPANY in a piece she co-choreographered with Baidy Ba.

Kaki King: Final State

Brooklyn-based composer and guitarist Kaki King—a Festival favorite—performed this world-premiere performance, "Final State," in honor of the Festival's Silver Anniversary.

Accrobuffos: William Tell's Turmoil

The Acrobuffos are back with this special world-premiere piece, "William Tell's Turmoil," in honor of the Festival's Silver Anniversary!

25 Years of Arts & Ideas (as told by the people who made it happen)

For the past 25 years we have been lucky to work with so many great performers and through all of those years there have been so many people working together behind the scenes to make it all happen...