IHRAF :The International Human Rights Art Festival was founded by a multi-coined creative personality , Playwright , Author and Visual Artist TOM BLOCK in 2010, as the Amnesty International Human Rights Art Festival in Silver Spring, MD.The festival is rapidly growing into a global arts , human rights and people oriented community organizing series of artistic productions( dance , song and theatre) , People based stories , fellowships ( creative activism).The festival happens 365 days annually .It is a platform for human rights advocacy through film , written literatures , stand up theatre , dance and song . IHRAF is both a convectional and digital space for freedom of expression and arts activism. A haven of creative , rights advocates , artists and literary catalysts to express their societal situations , problems and solutions I write this blog review as the inaugural IHRAF (ihraf.org) International Fellow and African Representative (2019).
365 SCRIPT (ihraf.org) 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.
HAVEN OF DIFFERENCE (ihraf.org) is strengthened by the solid 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.
IHRAF MAGICIANS (ihraf.org)
Founder & Producer
TOM BLOCK (Founder and Producer) is a playwright, author of five books and 20+ year visual artist. His plays have been developed and produced at such venues as the Ensemble Studio Theater, HERE, Dixon Place, Theater for the New City, IRT Theater, Theater at the 14th Street Y, Theater Row, A.R.T.-NY and many others. He was the founding producer of the International Human Rights Art Festival (2017), the Amnesty International Human Rights Art Festival (2010) and a Research Fellow at DePaul University (2010). He has exhibited his artwork and spoken about his ideas throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Turkey and the Middle East. http://www.tomblock.com
LAYLA ZAMI – Curators of DanceOxana Chi is a German-Nigerian dancer, choreographer, curator, festival organizer, filmmaker and author. Her company Oxana Chi & Ensemble Xinren was founded in Berlin in 1991 and moved to New York in 2015. In 2018, she was listed in the Dance Enthusiast’s A to Z of People who Power the Dance World. http://www.oxanachi.deDr. Layla Zami is an interdisciplinary academic, artist, curator and globetrotter, born in France of Jewish-Caribbean descent. She is currently Visiting Assistant Professor in the Performance + Performance Studies Graduate Program at Pratt Institute. http://www.laylazami.netOxana Chi and Layla Zami have performed across NYC and across the globe, and are delighted to bring international experience and creative input to IHRAF.
MARK STETSON-( Official Videographer)is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker and comedian. He has created media for VICE, ABC, PBS, MSG, Red Bull, LG Electronics, Equinox, The Brooklyn Nets, The New York Islanders, Upright Citizens Brigade, The Peoples Improv Theater, BRIC TV, and more. He has produced and directed on award-winning short films “Sugar” and “Attendant.” He is CEO of GBPro, a Brooklyn-based production company producing content from feature films to branded content to comedy shorts. More at gbpromedia.com.
NOA LEVY BARON (Special Projects Administrator) is currently an undergraduate student at Columbia University as part of a dual bachelor with Sciences Po Paris in France. She is majoring in Human Rights and minoring in Psychology. She is interviewer for Ratrock Magazine, a publication promoting student-artists and involved in her campus’ Amnesty International chapter.In France, she was president of a local group of the movement Coexister, promoting social cohesion through interfaith dialogue, solidarity actions and awareness intervention.Back in Paris, she will do a master in Cultural Policy and Management
MBIZO CHIRASHA is the Inaugural African Representative and International Fellow (2019) of the International Human Rights Art Festival(Ihraf.org). Vice President ( Africa) of Poets in the World( poetasdelmundo.com).World Academy of Literatures , Histories , Arts and Culture certified Global Literary Arts Influencer.