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Every year in June, the International Festival of Arts & Ideas bring together a diverse group of artists, writers, thinkers and world leaders to discuss the most pressing issues in art, society, politics and the environment. Every other week through out the year we share with our web audience our featured broadcasts of these events. Our eclectic program offers a mix of serious, controversial, and whimsical topics, all designed to inspire new ways of thinking.

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Every year in June, the International Festival of Arts & Ideas bring together a diverse group of artists, writers, thinkers and world leaders to discuss the most pressing issues in art, society, politics and the environment. Every other week through out the year we share with our web audience our featured broadcasts of these events. Our eclectic program offers a mix of serious, controversial, and whimsical topics, all designed to inspire new ways of thinking.

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    EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH, YOU CHANGE: VISIONARY SCIENCE FICTION AND LIBERATION

    EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH, YOU CHANGE: VISIONARY SCIENCE FICTION AND LIBERATION

    Social Justice meets sci-fi meets songwriting in this panel discussion between musician, composer, and curator Toshi Reagon; cultural producer & sacred artivist Hanifa Nayo Washington; and writer, activist, educator, and spoken word artist Walidah Imarisha. In partnership with the Yale Schwarzman Center, these award-winning luminaries will touch on themes of Afrofuturism, Octavia Butler, and bringing a creative approach to our understanding of what social justice initiatives of the future might look like.LISTEN ON APPLE PODCASTSThis event is presented in partnership with the Yale Schwarzman Center.

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    HONORING OUR BODIES: A FUTURE FOR ALL ABILITIES

    HONORING OUR BODIES: A FUTURE FOR ALL ABILITIES

    How do we create a world where we all care for each other? A world where fewer people have to fight for their rights to exist, while more people acknowledge and accommodate for the abilities of all? Host Lucy Gellman, editor of the New Haven Arts Council’s Arts Paper will be joined by cultural producer, performer, and inclusion expert Claudia Alick; poet and writer Cyree Jarelle Johnson; and producer, author and filmmaker Crystal Emery to underscore our need for better social awareness around issues of ableism.LISTEN ON APPLE PODCASTS

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    HOW ARTISTS SHAPE OUR FUTURE

    HOW ARTISTS SHAPE OUR FUTURE

    If you’re wondering where the spiritual "after party" for the Festival will be, look no further than this party in the form of a panel discussion, where New Haven Director of Cultural Affairs Adriane Jefferson will lead a talk among many of the festival’s headliners, including theater visionary Madeline Sayet, “wild” (PRI) front man of Mwenso & the Shakes Michael Mwenso, and BLACK HAVEN queer artist and activist Salwa Abdussabur. These luminaries will discuss what a future honoring artistic equity and liberation can (and should!) look like.LISTEN ON APPLE PODCASTS

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    IMAGINE A WORLD WITHOUT PRISONS

    IMAGINE A WORLD WITHOUT PRISONS

    What would a truly just system look like? In 2021 we saw a surge in anger and action regarding the state of the prison industrial complex, a system that is unjustly imprisoning Black and brown people, profiting off of their imprisonment, and killing our community members. Abolitionists imagine a different justice system that moves beyond punishment into transformative justice that works for all, not some. Facilitator, theater artist, intuitive coach and Queer Black Mama Kristianna Smith leads this panel discussion envisioning a healthy, functioning alternative to our current penal system.LISTEN ON APPLE PODCASTS

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    MONUMENTS AND COLLECTIVE MEMORY

    MONUMENTS AND COLLECTIVE MEMORY

    Monuments shape the fabric of our landscapes and serve as permanent reminders of what and who our society values. They are installed to commemorate moments and people from the past that we want to carry forward, to demonstrate our achievements and mourn our losses. In the past five years, tensions have escalated around the United States as people have worked to eliminate painful reminders of racism, colonialism, and other forms of oppression, and rethink their roles in American mythology. Host Adriane Jefferson, Director of Cultural Affairs for the City of New Haven, will lead this panel discussion with artists and experts who will speak on issues ranging from the riots in Charlottesville to the removal of our own Christopher Columbus statue in New Haven.LISTEN ON APPLE PODCASTS

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    CROWNING GLORY: THE ART OF HAIR

    CROWNING GLORY: THE ART OF HAIR

    Celebrate the necessary and overdue passage of the Connecticut CROWN Act -- which prohibits workplace discrimination on the basis of traits historically associated with race, including hair -- with this joyous panel discussion. Malakhi Eason, the Festival's Director of Programming and Community Impact, will moderate a panel of community advocates, beauty experts, and multi-dimensional artists on topics ranging from the politics and art of hair to styling trends.LISTEN ON APPLE PODCASTS

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