what we do

The International Human Rights Art Festival is an ongoing series of art-activist events, festivals, workshops, and community programs at the intersection of art, advocacy, and society. At each of our events, we bring together social and political leaders and the general public to challenge audiences through sincerity, beauty and talent, to imagine a better way and help implement a more open-minded, inclusive and caring world.


our mission

The International Human Rights Art Festival was founded on the belief that art can open hearts and minds, and heal the wounds becoming more evident in our society. Through beauty, sincerity, passion, and quality, we dissolve the boundaries between us. Our artists operate from the mystical/activist point-of-view of "I am" or "I should," as opposed to the political or religious "you are" or "you should." You will not see angry, accusatory or oppositional art on our stage.  We engage in open-hearted creativity and discourse with politicians, social leaders, and others as partners, not adversaries.

Learn more about our History, and visit our Upcoming Events for what's next!

Our supporters

I love this — it could not be more right on. In my opinion, there is no higher calling than to use one’s creative talents in service to the common good.
— National Medal of the Arts Winner, and IHRAF Advising Producer Norman Lear

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The International Human Rights Art Festival is proud to have our mission supported by our
Honorary Co-Sponsors:

National Medal of the Arts winner Norman Lear

Actor/Singer Barbra Streisand

Actor Kathleen Turner

Actor Amy Poehler

Chinese Human Rights Defender and Democracy Activist Wei Jingsheng

Senator Charles E. Schumer (NY)

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY)

Senator Bernie Sanders (VT)

Senator Ben Cardin (MD)

Senator Chris Van Hollen (MD)

Congressman and Civil Rights Hero John Lewis (GA)

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY)

Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez (NY)

Congressman Keith Ellison (MN)

Congressman James P. McGovern (MA)

Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD)

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL)

Congresswoman Norma Torres (CA)

Congressman Ted Lieu (CA)

New York State Assemblywoman Deborah Glick

New York City Councilman and Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer

Banner Photo: Muslim Women Speak Panel, IHRAF at Dixon Place by Elisa Guiterrez