International Center for the Arts Festival (ICA)

International Center for the Arts 2021




NVCC's International Center for the Arts Festival, 2021:


TUESDAY - THURSDAY, April 27- 29, 2021


About the Festival: The International Center for the Arts Festival celebrates “who we are” at NVCC! 2020-2021 has been a challenging year for each of us.  



Mission:  The International Center for the Arts (ICA) connects our students and communities to an expanded world that expresses itself through the creative process.


Vision: The ICA extends the reach of the college to become a significant gathering place for discovery, learning, and engagement about traditional art forms and contemporary expressions that reflect the human experience.


Values: The ICA believes in the power of the arts to enrich the intellectual, cultural, and personal lives of our students and communities. It is the commitment of this community college to promote, preserve, and develop the richness of the diverse, creative traditions we’ve inherited and the emerging works to come.

















The Program

The Program

Tuesday, April 27 and  

Wednesday, April 28

9:30 am - 10:40 am

Poetry Slam!: A Spoken Word event (via WebEx) 
Click HERE to join.

  • Your Voice Matters!  Come share your poetry with us!  
    Acclaimed poet, Vincent Toro, will present his latest spoken word pieces, focused on the reconnection of families at the Southern border.  Professor Steve Parlato (ENG and ART) will display some of his original artwork, and read accompanying poems, focused on the events of the past year.  We want to hear your voice!

Wednesday, April 28

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  • During this bookmaking workshop students will learn how to make an accordion book.  These books work well as sculptural pieces with standard page turning.  Each participant will receive a FREE kit of all of the supplies needed.  Participants will learn how to measure, fold and glue to create a blank book.  After the workshop is complete, they may fill their books with images and text in the theme of 2021 International Center for the Arts Festival; Reconnection.   When the ICA Festival returns to campus spring 2022, anyone with a completed book will be invited to participate in an exhibition. Contact Karen Blake, Director of Student Activities, to reserve your FREE materials kits.  Deadline to Register for this event is Friday, April 23, 2021.

Wednesday, April 28

11:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • The purpose of the event is to bring people together during a time of unprecedented widespread loneliness and isolation, and have students, faculty, and staff of NVCC learn from each other through sharing unique backgrounds, experiences, and challenges. We hope to promote acceptance and understanding and invite our community to practice empathy as they hear from their peers who have faced prejudice and stereotypes and overcome hardships.What is The Human Library®? Unjudge someone. At the Human Library® books are people and reading is a conversation.  This creates an exciting opportunity for our community to connect one-on-one with each other to share unique sets of life experiences, stories, and knowledge in order to promote values of tolerance and understanding.  Human Books will be checked out by Readers for conversations to celebrate our differences, break down barriers, encourage new ideas, and strengthen our community. 
  •  Submit your application to be a book today! 
    Reader registration will be available here after April 19.  Deadline to Register is Friday, April 23, 2021.

Thursday, April 29

7:30 pm curtain
PIPPIN, a musical comedy.     Opening Night

(Livestreamed via ShowTix4U)

There's magic to do when a prince learns the true meaning of glory, love and war in this unforgettable Broadway musical masterpiece.  With a delightful score from TONY (Wicked), Grammy, and Oscar winner, Stephen Schwartz, Pippin is the story of one young man's journey to be extraordinary. Winner of four 2013 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival.  PIPPIN runs from April 29 through May 1.  

For tickets and information, visit:

Monday, April 26 - May 7, 2021
Reconnection Collection.  

Click HERE to access the archive.

The Reconnection Collection is an archive of original art pieces, music, dance, poetry, film, and video.  Featuring performances by Felipe Karam and Aguibou Bougobali Sanou (two of our Fulbright Scholars in Residence) and much more!  Click the above link to enter the archives and explore the assembled collection.  Each piece reflects on the topic of Reconnection.  The Reconnection Collection will remain open and available to students, faculty, and staff from April 26 through May 7.  Take some time to explore and enjoy the collection!

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