Over the years Iris Arts has worked both independently and in collaboration with other organizations to promote socially relevant projects and productions. Often the collaboration includes participating in projects with non-governmental agencies, consulting and teaching skills on specific projects in other countries, and sharing resources.
International projects Iris Arts has participate in:
Traveled to Kosova, in conjunction with Peaceworkers International, during the break up of the former Yugoslavia to document what was happening to children of war,
Traveled to Italy with a film crew to make a trailer for a film about children of war, using the pictures, poems, and stories of children caught in the ethnic wars in the form Yugoslavia. Provided editing suite once we returned to US.
Traveled to South Africa as faculty with a Crabgrass project where we took 25 youth leaders from all the different ethnic regions of the former Yugoslavia to the U.N. Conference on Racism and then traveled for 3 weeks throughout South Africa studying the Truth and Reconciliation Process, with the intention of forming a network of youth leaders across the ethnic divide that was creating ongoing conflict in this region.
Worked in Panama with interns from Georgetown University working with a non-profit teaching digital media skills.
Part of film crew in the Amazon jungle in Ecuador filming the World Wheel project of developing a school for the Schuar Indians. Also filming at the Huarmi project in the Andes.
Working in Cuba a month each in winter of 2019, 20 with teaching digital media skills to local artist in Havana and develping the animation project "An Afro-Cuban Yoruba Creation Myth: Spiritual Persistence in the Face of Enslvement". The animation, in both English and Spanish was completed in the winter of 2020-21 and is published on this site. In the winter of 2021 Iris Arts was the fiscal sponsor of the fashion show "Post Identity" in Havana featuring the dress designs of Rafa Suar with fabric for each design created by local and international artists.
PEACE AS A HUMAN RIGHT