The International Arts Forum is an annual conference gathering performing, visual, and literary artists representing a variety of cultural backgrounds.  



The topic of the 2014 International Arts Forum will be Art and Community: How Art Contributes to More Authentic Human Experience and Relationships.  We will explore how art enables us to move beyond ourselves, and to shape, through our imagination, the world in which we live. We will consider how great artists do more than reflect their culture and present times, but actually shape the reality of culture and civilization.

Artists selected to participate in the International Arts Forum will have the opportunity to:

·         Present/exhibit their work in the visual or performing arts
·         Attend lectures by public intellectuals
·         Engage in dialogue with artists from a variety of disciplines and cultural backgrounds
·         Collaborate to compose an official statement in response to the conference theme

If you are an artist interested to apply, please complete the application form below.  If your application passes this initial round of screening, you will be contacted for a Skype or phone interview.

Deadline for international applicants: Friday, September 12th, 2014

Deadline for applicants residing in the United States: Wednesday, October 8th, 2014. 

*If selected to participate in the 2014 IAF, you are responsible to cover the cost of travel (domestic or international) and accommodations for the duration of the forum.*

We look forward to receiving your application!


Dr. Michael Pakaluk, Philosophy

Dr. Pakaluk is currently a Professor and Chairman of Philosophy at Ave Maria University in Florida and remains a member of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas. He taught previously at Clark University, and for many years served as the Director of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy. He has been a visiting professor at Brown University, the Catholic University of America, and the Pontificia Università della Santa Croce in Rome, as well as a visiting scholar at Brown, Cambridge, Harvard, and St. Andrews. As an undergraduate at Harvard, Dr. Pakaluk studied analytic philosophy of logic, language, and science. He then studied in Edinburgh as a Marshall Scholar, before returning to Harvard to pursue doctoral studies focusing on the classical scholarship of Socrates, Plato, and especially Aristotle.

Rodney Cook, Architecture & Design

At the age of 15, Mr. Cook initiated the campaign to save the 5000+ seat Fox Theatre. In 1987, he designed the Newington Cropsey Museum, NY. He is a Founding Trustee of The Prince of Wales's Foundation for Architecture organizing the design and construction of the Princes' Olympic Games Monument. He is a charter signer of the Congress for the New Urbanism and is currently orchestrating a memorial in Washington, D.C. to Presidents John and John Quincy Adams. Cook's design won the National Civic Art Society Prize for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial, Washington, D.C. resulting in Cook’s testifying before Congress. He is the founder and president of the National Monuments Foundation, owner of the Millennium Gate Museum and is a scholar of the American Academy in Rome. He is the author of Atlanta Parks and Monuments and is on a number of boards including Hearst Castle, The Fox Theater and the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art. He has lectured at Open Society Institute, Soros Foundation, Moscow, National Building Museum, Washington DC, and the Russian Embassy, Washington. Mr. Cook's work has been widely published internationally.

Eva Ting, Visual Arts Administration

Eva Ting serves as the Events and Programming Manager at W83, a community and events center owned and operated by Redeemer Presbyterian Church located on the Upper West Side in New York. Prior to this, Eva was the Public Programs Coordinator at Times Square Alliance, the business improvement district that manages Times Square. She also sits on the New York regional board for Many Hopes, an international non-profit organization that builds schools and homes for orphaned and abandoned children in Kenya. Before moving to New York, Eva managed twocities, a gallery specializing in contemporary Chinese glass, ceramics and lacquer art in Shanghai, China. Eva holds a B.A. in English and B.S. in journalism from Boston University, and an M.A. in visual arts administration from New York University.