The International Human Rights Art Festival is a growing initiative to connect artists, activists, politicians, and community members through events around the world.  We produce art-advocacy events throughout the year, culminating in a week-long Festival.  Our artists offer quality, sincerity and beauty -- advocacy art based in the mystical/activist "I am" or "I should," as opposed to the political/religious/oppositional "you are" or "you should."  We do not have angry, oppositional or accusatory work on our stage.


Our February IHRAF event, scheduled for February 21, is being brought to us by Assistant Producer Layla Zami, and marks IHRAF's return to Dixon Place.  Black Queer Night / Resistance is Love celebrates Black History Month, as well as Black Queer people. Among other performers, the evening will include Layla and dancer Oxana Chi. Tickets are on sale at the Dixon Place website.

Spring Equinox (March 20) finds us gathering for a Celebration of Black Men: Beauty, Poetry and Restorative Nature with an evening program of various performances highlighting the power, passion and possibility of the restorative potential of Black men. When will "the preservation of life, and liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" really become an unalienable right for all members of our society?

Two April IHRAF events will feature different concerns. April 8 finds us exploring 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.  

April 30 finds us with the improvisational group Thank You for Coming Out 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!  This will be at the PIT mainstage, 123 E. 24th Srreet.

This events series is in partnership with arts and advocacy organizations to raise awareness and action around specific local, national, and international human rights issues. More on the IHRAF Series can be found here.

Latest News


January 9, 2018

Barbra Streisand has joined the International Human Rights Art Festival as an Honorary Co Sponsor! Additionally, she has donated money to us through her Streisand Foundation. Ms. Streisand is a singular American talent, having won two Academy Awards, ten Grammy Awards including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and the Grammy Legend Award, five Emmy Awards, a Special Tony Award, a Kennedy Center Honors prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and nine Golden Globes! We look forward to sharing more news about Ms. Streisand's involvement with IHRAF in the near future!


January 1, 2018

Documentary from the first International Human Rights Art Festival @ Dixon Place



Award-winning (C-Span Studentcam) high school videographers Dalya Block and Kalina Gibson completed their documentary of the first IHRAF -- check it out here! 






December 11, 2017

Video from a Celebration of Women

NYU Broadcast Journalist student Hannah Foley made a beautiful short reportage about our celebration on the 70th anniversary of the issuing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, "A Celebration of Women's Power," in honor of Eleanor Roosevelt, who was chair of the drafting committee for the document.  Featuring Rachael Sage, Dancing Georgina Project, Marni Rice and Xiomara Evans.



December 3, 2017

Welcome to a new African partner

We welcome new participating member RISE International (Relationships Inspiring Social Enterprise) as a partner in our 2018 Festival -- RISE will be joining us by providing offsite programming on Wednesday, November 14 as part of our full-week Festival (November 12-18, 2017) at the Wild Project (NYC).  RISE believes in the importance of a world where sustainable social businesses, created by local social entrepreneurs, are provided with resources, knowledge, and the professional community needed to be successful and transformational in their communities.  RISE links aspiring social entrepreneurs in vulnerable communities in Lesotho and other low-income sub-Saharan African countries to essential resources they don’t otherwise have access to in their local communities.  


November 9, 2017

New International Partnerships

IHRAF has been contacted by three different potential partners this week, all of whom are exploring manners in which we might be able to bring our unique brand of art-activist event to their locale.  The International University of Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina; The Small Things, which works to build families and futures for orphaned and vulnerable children in Tanzania and ASODECOM in Burundi.  Stay tuned for further developments with our international partners!


October 27, 2017

Congressman Keith Ellison (MN) signs on as Honorary Co-Sponsor

Congressman Keith Ellison (MN) has agreed to join our growing list of Honorary Co-Sponsors.  Representative Ellison’s guiding philosophy is based on “generosity and inclusion” and his priorities in Congress are building prosperity for working families, promoting peace, pursuing environmental sustainability, and advancing civil and human rights. Congressman Ellison is one of two Muslim members of Congress. 

Video still of Senator Schumer from the 2017 IHRAF Photo by Elisa Guiterrez

Video still of Senator Schumer from the 2017 IHRAF
Photo by Elisa Guiterrez


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Nigerian Human Rights defender Sowore Omoyele at the 2017 IHRAF Photo by Elisa Guiterrez

Nigerian Human Rights defender Sowore Omoyele at the 2017 IHRAF
Photo by Elisa Guiterrez

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Banner Painting: Woman Shedding Burka by Tom Block