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.


The Wild Project hosted our full-week Festival from November 12-18, 2018.  They will be hosting next year’s event, from December 9-15, 2019. 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), for the inaugural International Human Rights Art Festival (New York, 2017) and to fund our interim events throughout 2018 (NYC). 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 solidified 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!


NYC Commission on Human Rights

The NY CCHR — who have been strong partners with us, with Commissioner Carmelyn Malalis appearing at the 2017 and 2018 Festivals — has become a stronger partner. They will be working with us throughout the year, to devise programming, aid in audience outreach and continue to show their commitment to using art to raise awareness of and provide healing energy for the struggle for human and civil rights, in NYC and beyond. You can find out further information about their work here.


Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Committee

The Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Committee of NY co-sponsored our Shalom/Salaam event in October 2018, and will be co-presenting our Shalom/Salaam conference in March 2019. MJSC is a grassroots community where Jews, Muslims, and all are welcome. We build relationships to stand against hate through shared values and social action. You can find out more about their work here.

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Experimental Bitch

Founded in 2015, EBP began as a monthly reading series dedicated to sharing plays by female, femme, queer, trans, and non-binary artists. Since that time, EBP has grown into a producing company with credits on over 50 events and shows in New York City at venues including Performance Project @ University Settlement, Joe’s Pub, The Flea, Connelly Theater amd WOW Cafe Theater. Most recently, EBP served as associate producer on Diana Oh’s “Infinite Love Party” at the Bushwick Starr. Tatiana Baccari serves as EBP’s Artistic Director in partnership with Founding Executive Director, Wednesday Sue Derrico.


It’s Real

IHRAF is excited to announce a new partnership with It’s Real Magazine, run by a team of students passionate about mental health in Asian American communities. Our staff consists of artists, feminists, queer activists, athletes. and so much more. They seek to destigmatize mental health issues in Asian American communities.

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SOTAMBE Documentary Film and Arts Festival

IHRAF partners with SOYAMBE in Kitwe, Zaire through 2019 African Fellow Mbizo Chirasha. Sotambe Film Institute was established in 2014. Its aim is to educate and raise awareness of social issues through film and arts. The organization serves as a platform for:

Learning institutions that want to use documentaries, arts and panel discussions as a new and advanced method of learning.

Local filmmakers and artists looking to showcase their projects, share ideas and inspire others.

Capacity building for the filmmaking industry through filmmaking workshops.


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.


Rape Hurts Foundation

RHF, based in Jingje, Uganda, is a non-profit organization working with Marginalized Victims & Survivors of Gender Based Violence (GBV), Human Trafficking & Modern Day Slavery. They use a holistic approach to serve and reach out to our target groups (Women & Children) including; Health & Care, Emergency Response to Cases of GBV, Education & Water as Human Rights, Freedom from Violence & Harmful Cultural Practices like FGM, Legal Aid, Land Rights and Social Economic Empowerment. RHF has been able to reach out to over 850,000 Women & Children in the last ten years.

Relationships Inspiring Social Enterprise 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. Through their professional network in the design and architecture industry, rise links aspiring social entrepreneurs in vulnerable communities in low income sub-Saharan African countries to essential resources they don’t otherwise have access to in their local communities.

The Small Things strives to keep vulnerable and orphaned children in the Meru District of Tanzania with their families by creating sustainable, participatory and evolving care plans for their future. For those families most at-risk, we provide loving residential care in an effort to further strengthen the community’s long-term capacity.

International Cities of Peace™

is a nonprofit association dedicated to connecting, promoting, and encouraging the global cities of peace movement. There are currently 165 "Cities of Peace" around the world. 


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.

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 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.

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.