Anna Deavere Smith is the founder and director of the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue. The mission of the IACD is to support artists whose works address social justice and related themes. The IACD supports arts education, and creates a meeting place for artists, scholars, and audiences to exchange ideas and generate new work. 

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To join our event mailing list, or to learn about other ways to get involved, drop us a line:  iacd@nyu.edu

More about the IACD:

Originally launched in 1997 at Harvard University as a series of summer symposiums, the IACD was among early experimental environments interested in the arts and civic engagement. During these summer convenings, the Institute produced artistic works from a variety of disciplines, each of them exploring a social issue. A percentage of the audience was “curated,” to discover whether the presence of an audience with an appetite for discussion of content (rather than form), might influence further development of the work. In 2001, the IACD relocated to New York, and it is currently housed at New York University, where it is active year-round, funded by a generous grant from the Provost’s office.

Mattering 2015

Previous IACD events have included: 

Art Action Day