Access Through the Arts Panels: Roots and Wings

Join our international guest artists and local community leaders for three exciting panels that discuss the festival’s themes from the perspective of literature, local traditions and history, and social change. The Access Through the Arts forums are a meeting place between our guest artists, local leaders, and you, the audience.

The three panels will take place on three different days and are free to attend.


Shaping Wings for Change
at NEYT September 10th at 4pm
Theater Waidspeicher (Germany)
Paradox Teatro (Mexico/USA)
Parenting for Social Change (local authors)

This panel discusses how we talk with children about social justice, and how we plant the seeds to shape change rather than perpetrate a harmful norm. We celebrate perspective-altering literature for children and adults and how it correlates with art-making practice.


Transforming Communities
at BMAC September 17th 12pm
Krystal Puppeteers (Kenya/Ghana)
Susu CommUnity Farm (local farm)


This panel discusses how we shift resources, education, and power within communities and how art and food are doorways into important change and healing. As the world is impacted by pandemics, climate change, and economic inequities, how do arts and social initiatives work together to reach diverse populations and empower local voices?


Growing New Roots
at BMAC September 18th 12pm
Dafa Puppet Theatre (Jordan/Czech Republic)
Patty Whalen (local judge)

This panel discusses how war threatens our roots and what we take with us or sacrifice in exile. How do we address the effects of war through the lens of art and of international law? If History is a record of significant events, how are we, as members of our communities, impacted and transformed by those events?

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