What is the International Arts Forum (IAF)?
The IAF gathers artists, art critics, scholars, and participants for an annual conference that examines the relationship between art and the human condition. The conference includes lectures by expert speakers, small group discussions, musical performances, art exhibits and presentations by the participating artists related to an annual theme.
Why is the IAF important?
The World Youth Alliance affirms the transformative power of art, which encourages the individual to move beyond oneself, to connect with a greater community, and to contribute to society and culture. Art provides a window into the complexity, integrity, and beauty of human nature and the natural world. Art is an expression of human dignity and is an important part of the individual’s desire for self-expression in the world. Artists play a crucial role in understanding human life. In art and its transcendent journey, we experience the depth of our human freedom.
What can you learn from the IAF?
The IAF simultaneously exhibits the diverse work of international artists from around the globe and also examines philosophical questions about art’s relationship to the human condition. Artwork selected for exhibition at this event has ranged from sculpture, to painting, to jewelry-making, to coffee bean mosaics. Participants not only have the opportunity to view this artwork, but to hear the artist’s share their story about what shaped their work.
Guest lectures and small group discussions have encouraged past participants to examine questions including:
The International Arts Forum partnered with World Youth Alliance North America to present a three-day conference entitled, “Mad Men, Modern Family; Examining the Role of Men in Social Development“. Students and young professionals in the performing and visual arts were invited to apply for an opportunity to showcase work relating to the following themes:
Arts professionals, were joined by sociology and religious studies who presented ideas and research affirming the role of men and the importance of the family. Artists were encouraged to join this dialogue to share their unique perspective and role in shaping cultural norms.
IAF 2013: Art and Beauty
Outcome document: Declaration on Art and Beauty
Speaker Profiles | Photos | Article
The topic of WYA’s 2013 International Arts Forum was Art and Beauty; What is beauty? What is the role of beauty in art? Should art always be beautiful? 11 artists presented their work at this international event, representing countries including Italy, Kenya, Mexico, Canada, Philippines, and the United States. These artists collaborated to write a statement on the relationship between art and beauty.
To view photos from the event, click here.
WYA thanks James Panero, Dino Marcantonio, and Wayne Adams, guest speakers at the 2013 International Arts Forum.
IAF 2012: Art and the Human Person
Outcome document: Declaration on Art and the Human Person
Speaker Profiles | Video | Photos | Article