As a growing national and international organization, IHRAF is supported by, and supports, individuals and groups from around the world who advocate for human rights through creativity.


Wild Project

The Wild Project will host our full-week Festival, November 12-18, 2018.  The performance space is a theater, film, music, and visual arts venue that presents diverse, engaging, inspiring, and entertaining works to the vibrant and growing community of Alphabet City in New York’s East Village. Founded in 2007, the Wild Project is an innovator among arts venues, providing an eco-friendly theater and gallery where the artists and space nurture each other. The company is dedicated to creating an environment that supports the artists, and to cultivating artists that support the environment. With an eco-conscious approach to presenting the dynamic works of hundreds of emerging artists each year, the Wild Project offers an artistic and environmental education for patrons of all ages, interests, and incomes in its community.

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Norman has been our most important partner since the beginning of this project, back in 2010.  Norman sent significant funding through his Norman Lear Family Foundation for the Amnesty International Human Rights Art Festival (Silver Spring, 2010), and again for the International Human Rights Art Festival (New York, 2010).  He was also kind enough to introduce us to Kathleen Turner, who then became involved with the Festival as an honorary co-sponsor, as well as a performer.  Without Norman Lear, we might not even have begun, let alone started to solidify our operation and begin to think in a much bigger way about how to use art to significantly influence the social and political conversation in our country and beyond.  Thank you, Norman Lear!


The Yip Harburg Foundation awarded a grant to the Festival to support the creation of the dance/theatre piece La Bestia: Sweet Mother.  La Bestia: Sweet Mother is a multi-media theatrical exploration of one immigrant's voyage from her home in Tegucigalpa, Honduras through Guatemala and Mexico and into the desert of the USA, looking for a better life. The piece utilizes performance to raise social justice concerns, and, more importantly, humanize the individuals behind this central political concern of our time.  It combines theatre with a new cello score, dance, visual art and a narrative libretto.

The Yip Harburg Foundation is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to spread Yip Harburg’s artistic legacy, aimed at creating a world of “free and equal people.” We stand on the beliefs of social justice, equal educational opportunity and learning through musical theatre.



We are partnering with new African partner ASODECOM (Burundi) to explore projects, and perhaps bring the International Human Rights Art Festival to that African nation.  ASODECOM was created in 2010by men and women concerned about absolute poverty and human rights violations which impact the overwhelming majority of the Burundian population. The mission of ASODECOM is to contribute to building a peaceful, healthy and democratic community.  

international cities of peace

International Cities of Peace™ is a nonprofit association dedicated to connecting, promoting, and encouraging the global cities of peace movement. An Advisory Council of leaders from global Cities of Peace organizations is working to create an all-inclusive, non-polarizing network of world citizens working on the ground to bring peace to their communities. There are currently 165 "Cities of Peace" around the world. 

The mission of the North Dakota Human Rights Film & Arts Festival is to educate, engage and facilitate discussion around local and world-wide human rights topics through the work of filmmakers and artist.

Founded in 2003, the Oxford Human Rights Arts Festival is an initiative of postgraduate students on the MA and MArchD courses in Development and Emergency Practice which sits within the School of Architecture at Oxford Brookes University. The aim of the Festival is to attract diverse audiences to each of our events, to raise awareness, through the arts, of a range of human rights issues among Brookes students and across the wider Oxford community. We are predominantly a film festival, with a centrepiece exhibition, but also include other artforms and practical workshops as determined by that year's curatorial committee.

Following on from the success of the 2016 Festival when we welcomed film director Sarah Gavron to open the event with a screening of her film Suffragette, and Ziauddin Yousafzai, father of human rights campaigner Malala Yousafzai to talk about their film He Named Me Malala, the 2017 Festival opened with a screening of I, Daniel Blake, followed by an audience Q&A with director Ken Loach. In September we will start planning the 2018 Festival, the theme of which is Identity.