International Human Rights Art Festival @ Dixon Place (NYC)

March 3, 2017 - March 5, 2017
161A chrystie street
New York, NY 10002,
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Dixon Place and the Institute of Prophetic Activist Art present: The International Human Rights Art Festival, produced, March 3-5, 2017 at Dixon Place. This is the first human rights art festival in the long and vibrant history of New York City's cultural scene. The Festival is produced by Tom Block, long-time artist-activist, author of Prophetic Activist Art: Handbook for a Spiritual Revolution, and founder of the Institute of Prophetic Activist Art, an art-activist incubator housed at Dixon Place. Playwright and Director Julia Levine is the Assistant Producer.

The 2017 Festival will involve more than 100 artists presenting 40+ activist/advocacy art events over the weekend, including theatre, visual art, music, dance, installations, workshops, panels, and KidsFest, to introduce children to the importance of art-advocacy work through hands-on activities. Join us for a weekend of art, advocacy, and celebration, with a happy hour featuring tasty human-rights themed concoctions, human rights trivia, prizes, t-shirts and much more. Stay tuned for the schedule!


The Human Rights Art Festival will:

  • promote human rights worldwide

  • highlight the important work of activist artists working for positive social transformation

  • introduce a new generation of activists to the issues and methods of advocacy art

  • support a diverse group of New York artists by raising awareness of their work

  • introduce New York’s most vibrant artists and activists to each other

  • raise awareness of the most important issues confronting our generation

  • highlight Dixon Place’s role as a cutting edge art institution

  • present a weekend of entertainment and enrichment for the entire downtown community 

Honorary Co-Sponsors:
Television Producer and Presidential Medal of the Arts winner Norman Lear
Senator Charles E. Schumer (NY)
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY)
Senator Ben Cardin (MD)  
Senator Susan Collins (ME)  
Congressman and Civil Rights Hero John Lewis (GA)
Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez (NY)
Congressman Chris Van Hollen (MD) 
Chinese Human Rights Defender and Democracy Activist Wei JingSheng
NYState Assemblywoman Deborah Glick
State Senator Jamie Raskin (MD)
New YorkCity Councilman and Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer