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BRILLIANT BOBA: AMPLIFYING ASIAN VOICES

How can the arts help heal? This discussion, led by Brilliant Boba, a team composed of storytellers, artists, and educators in New Haven, will provide attendees with creative resources that build...

HOW ARTISTS SHAPE OUR FUTURE

If you’re wondering where the spiritual "after party" for the Festival will be, look no further than this party in the form of a panel discussion, where New Haven Director of Cultural Affairs Adriane...

IMAGINE A WORLD WITHOUT PRISONS

What would a truly just system look like? In 2021 we saw a surge in anger and action regarding the state of the prison industrial complex, a system that is unjustly imprisoning Black and brown people...

MONUMENTS AND COLLECTIVE MEMORY

Monuments shape the fabric of our landscapes and serve as permanent reminders of what and who our society values. They are installed to commemorate moments and people from the past that we want to...

CROWNING GLORY: THE ART OF HAIR

Celebrate the necessary and overdue passage of the Connecticut CROWN Act -- which prohibits workplace discrimination on the basis of traits historically associated with race, including hair -- with...

REIMAGINING ECONOMIES: ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND BUILDING A SOLIDARITY ECONOMY

What does a solidarity economy look like? "Ethical entrepreneurship" is a trendy phrase that demonstrates how ready consumers are for a people-centric shift in the marketplace. But how can budding...

NEW HAVEN MUSEUM FOUNDERS CHAT: FINDING YOUR RHYTHM

Imagine a creative life that unfolds in layers, fueled by your happiest memories of connection and belonging. Two-time business owner Alisa Bowens-Mercado has taken many a plunge into uncharted...

THE 15 MINUTE CITY: IMAGINING THE FUTURE OF TRANSPORTATION

How would it change your life if you had everything you needed within a 15-minute walk? Throughout the world, architects, city planners and community organizers are constructing aesthetically...

THE LEGACY & FUTURE OF LOVE AS LIBERATION A PANEL ON MUTUAL AID

Raven A. Blake, cultural worker, community organizer and Founder and Visionary of Love Fed New Haven, hosts a conversation with global majority organizers and artisans who were working in mutual aid...

Listening to Earth: Indigenous Wisdom & Climate Futures

Hear from Indigenous voices on the climate knowledge that has existed in their communities for generations and the practical solutions that can spur a better collective attempt at caring for our...

JOY HARJO IN CONVERSATION WITH MADELINE SAYET

The International Festival of Arts & Ideas is honored to feature United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo in conversation with playwright and director Madeline Sayet. Harjo, the first Native American...

SANCTUARY: A LATINA THEORY CONVERSATION WITH AUTHORS PAOLA MENDOZA AND ABBY SHER

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

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