Founded and operated as a non-profit organization, Irish American Writers & Artists, Inc. (IAW&A) welcomes Irish-American writers, actors, filmmakers, musicians and artists of every (and no) religion. As well as celebrating the achievements of Irish-American writers and artists, past and present, IAW&A's purpose is to highlight, energize and encourage Irish Americans working in the arts. IAW&A is committed both to bringing together the Irish American creative community in new self-awareness and to being a force for inter-ethnic and interracial solidarity, understanding and active cooperation.
In the long tradition of Irish resistance to oppression and struggle for liberty, IAW&A supports free speech, the rights of immigrants, the equality and dignity of all-regardless of race, gender, religion or sexual orientation-and the process of peaceful, positive social change in the U.S., Ireland and around the world. While avoiding party affiliation and endorsing no candidates for public office, IAW&A is outspoken in defense of artistic freedom, human rights and social justice.
As a national organization dedicated to fostering bonds of mutual support and shared purpose, IAW&A fills the vacuum that results from the fact that, despite the variety and vitality of creative expression within the Irish diaspora in America, individual artists and writers as well as arts organizations often exist with little or no knowledge of one another.
For the IAW&A Salon, participants will have up to ten minutes to present in the medium of their choice: reading, poetry, comedy, music, etc. Works in progress are welcome. If they choose, participants can use part of their allotted 10 minutes to ask for comments or advice from the audience. Others may want to brainstorm for the whole 10 minutes, or simply present their work.