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Broadway Advocacy Coalition announces performers for second annual Arts in Action Festival

Tonya Pinkins and Kara Young are among the Broadway alum on the agenda.

(L-R) Tonya Pinkins and Kara Young (Credit: Courtesy of Polk & Co. and Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty)

Broadway Advocacy Coalition (BAC), the Tony Award-honored nonprofit, has announced details and performers for its second annual Arts in Action Festival. The two-day event will be held in midtown Manhattan on Sept. 10 at Theatre Row and on Sept. 11th at New World Stages.

The Arts in Action Festival brings together organizations and individuals who work at the intersection of artistic production and radical justice. The festival includes opportunities for these groups to showcase their work and collaborate to achieve mutual goals while examining the New York City justice system.

The theme for this year’s festival is “Envisioning the Possible” and will focus on how society can move away from incarceration and toward community-centered substitutes. Activities on Sept. 10 will feature workshops, panels and screenings; Sept. 11 will be a day of performances, hosted by Tony winner Tonya Pinkins.

Two-time Tony nominee Kara Young and Broadway alumni Tiffany Mann and Britton Smith will premiere work along with Shakina Nayfack.

In addition to the scheduled events, attendees will have access to on-site resources, including therapists and reiki, as well as an activation lounge which will feature a social justice library and pen pal station.

Tickets are free of charge and are available to reserve on the Arts in Action Festival website.

The 2023 Arts in Action Festival is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the David Rockefeller Fund.

Founded in 2016 by performers and activists, Broadway Advocacy Coalition unites artists, legal representatives and community leaders to facilitate change and make an impact on policy issues from education to immigration and beyond. The organization was the recipient of a Special Tony Award in 2021.

Correction: An earlier version of this article misstated the venue for the Sept. 10 events. This has been corrected.