To further The Word’s core mission of strengthening youth artists to become the cultural creators of tomorrow, our leadership team dreamt up The Word’s first-ever summer literary festival: WordFest. Our youth-led festival, in conjunction with The International Festival of Arts and Ideas, is offering a platform that lifts and harnesses the explosive, creative energy at the root of our New Haven community. WordFest exists to facilitate conversations between and with young creatives, organizers, and revolutionaries as they showcase their art and activism, and present new ideas on how we can progress spiritually, emotionally, and politically through the power of the written and spoken word.