From the Festival Staff

Visionary Leadership Award Luncheon reflection

On what would have been her father Johnny Cash’s 87th birthday, Rosanne Cash was warmly welcomed with applause at the 9th annual Visionary Leadership Award luncheon. She was humbled and...

Aleta Staton on Teaching & Theater

Meet our new Community Engagement Manager, Aleta Stanton, in this second half of our interview in which she talks of how her 35 years of teaching experience has shaped her life. Her passion and...

Aleta Staton on Art & the Community

The International Festival of Arts & Ideas is excited to introduce our new year-round Community Engagement Manager. As a part of our dynamic team, the candidate needed to be a hard-working...

"yours and hers and mine"

Join us in celebrating singer-songwriter and activist Rosanne Cash as the recipient of our 9th annual Visionary Leadership Award on Tuesday, February 26th. The Award Luncheon and Conversation will...

Rosanne Cash: Don't Be Bullied into Silence

Join us at our annual Visionary Leadership Award Luncheon and Conversation on Tuesday, February 26th. The Award Luncheon raises money toward the dynamic and inspiring programs presented at the...

Rosanne Cash: 9th Annual Visionary Leadership Awardee

Join us on Tuesday, February 26th for the 9th annual Visionary Leadership Award Luncheon and Conversation. The Award Luncheon, which draws over 400 attendees from across the region, raises money...

Join the Journey to Pepperland

At the 2017 Golden Globes, Donald Glover made the proclamation that the Atlanta rap trio Migos was “The Beatles of our generation.” It was an ambitious statement, one that made...

Visionary Leadership Award Reflection

Claudia Rankine sits on stage. She has just won the 8th annual Visionary Leadership Award. Speaking calmly, taking pauses only to let her words resonate more clearly, Rankine discusses her award...

A Closer Look: Whitman, Melville, Dickinson - Passions of Bloom

Conguring three mammoth literary ghosts when their freedom of expression may be most needed, and most imperiled.

Aaron Jafferis on (Be)longing: Personal stories provide people with a pathway to connection.

“Paying attention to folks who might feel excluded and reaching out directly, and also creating entry points for folks indirectly who we might not know are feeling excluded, that’s one...

Taylor Ho Bynum: Music In The Moment

“We need to remind ourselves of what it means to be in the moment and not distracted by all the various distractions of the modern age, and what it means to be together and to be human and...

A Closer Look: Camille A. Brown & Dancers' BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play

"sneaker-stomping...so elastic, so intricate that the sense of candence and rythm is as visual an experience as it is an aural one."- The New York Times

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