One of the things we always try to do every year is to take advantage of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, a yearly festival which takes place here in New Haven, CT. They offer some very interesting concerts, performances, discussions, displays, etc. each year – many of which are free. And some of which are geared toward children. If you are in the area, you should check it out.
This year, the festival offers a lot of programs geared at participating in The Big Read. And this year, the Big Read features the book To Kill a Mockingbird. I have to admit – I didn’t re-read this book which I read over 20 years ago. And I am not even sure I’ll be participating in any of the Big Read events.
There was one related event that caught my eye, however. It was a discussion of To Kill a Mockingbird and its relationship to fatherhood. The discussion is sponsored by the Male Involvement Network, a group which “helps non-custodial fathers to be more responsible nurturing parents,” as well as “designing new services and in advocating for new public policies to assist non-custodial fathers.”
It sounds like an interesting discussion, lead by an important group. And it is always nice to see fatherhood being given the importance it deserves.
Of course, there are other great children’s programs being offered, such as the Dan Zane concert, children’s concerts offered by the American Wind Symphony, Kromatik (which bills itself as a French nouvelle cirque, where the kids become part of the show), and many other music, dance and arts offerings. You can find more here.
There are many adult events, as well. Including a discussion, led by Spike Lee, of his collaboration with Terence Blanchard, who has provided the score for many of Spike Lee’s films.
The Festival runs from 6/9 to 6/23 in New Haven, CT.