Silver Spring to Host First-Ever Amnesty International Human Rights Art Festival

Take more than 400 artists from 50 nations, add over 200 events in 40+ venues for three full days in April (23-25) throughout downtown Silver Spring and you have the excitement and impact of the first-ever Amnesty International Human Rights Art Festival.   

Each day will include a variety of events including visual art shows, new media events, performance art, spoken word, theater, book readings, panel discussions, film, music, hands-on workshops, art walks from exhibit to exhibit, participatory parades, international foods, etc., all centered on raising awareness of human rights issues. Venues will include local restaurants, art spaces, theaters and community spaces.

American television writer and producer, Norman Lear (All in the Family, Sanford and Son, One Day at a Time, The Jeffersons, Good Times and Maude) is the executive producer of the festival.

County Executive Ike Leggett and County Councilmembers Marc Elrich, Valerie Ervin and Duchy Trachtenberg are members of the festival’s Honorary Committee, along with state delegates, and U.S. senators and members of Congress.

For all sorts of details about the festival and Amnesty International, visit the festival website at

Volunteers Needed 

More than 200 volunteers are needed to help before and during the festival, April 23-25. Sign up and be part of this exciting, first-time event. For details, contact Dori Cantor Paster, volunteer coordinator, at or visit the festival website at

POSTED AT: Tuesday, March 09, 2010 | 3:00:00 PM |
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