International Human Rights Art Festival (

March 12, 2018 - November 18, 2018

New York, NY ,


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As founding producer of the International Human Rights Art Festival, I continue to generate and produce art-advocacy events, along with my growing team (  Upcoming this year: 

March 12, 7:30 pm: Celebration of Black Men: Beauty, Poetry and Restorative Nature (Davenport Theater, 354 W. 45th St.):  an evening program of various performances highlighting the power, passion, beauty and talent of Black men. Featuring: Salieu Suso (Griot/Kora) and Ebrima Jassey (Balafon): African music; Quilan Arnold (dance: hip-hop trio); Anthony Wills (theatre: The Happiness of Schizophrenia) and Tyrone Bevans, who will be bringing his personal choreography to the IHRAF stage. Tickets and further information here.

April 8, 2:00 pm Health and Illness: Perspectives from Eastern and Western Cultures (Lucky Jack's, 129 Orchard St., LES):   explores health and illness in individuals and society, from both Eastern and Western perspectives. The evening will feature three dance pieces by the Aseemkala Collective (founded by M.D. student and dancer Shilpa Darivemula, and including dancers and artists Shilpa Darivemula, Jenn Chowdhury, Supraja Chittari, and Sophia Salingaros).  This will be followed by a panel discussion on health, illness and East v. West perspectives with Shilpa, Cranial Sacral Therapy practitioner Erika Lee Sengstack and meditation expert Kara Ayn Napolitano.  Tickets and further information here.

April 30, 7:00 pm: Thank You for Coming Out (The PIT, 123 E. 24th St.): The improv group will interpret the stories of two Transgender artists and friends of IHRAF.  We will also be celebrating the nation's first transgender elected official in last November's election, Danica Roem in Virginia + two more!

June: Elements - Earth, Wind, Air, Water and Fire Time/place and performers TBD

September: Mental Health Awareness. Time/place and performers TBD 

October: We will preview our dance commissions which were created for the Festival in November -- five different new dance pieces by some of NY's most happening choreographers and dancers! Time/place TBD and performers to be revealed later.

November 12-18 (Wild Project, East Village): The full festival!  Stay tuned for more information as we get closer to the time!!