The Intercultural Alliance of Artists & Scholars, Inc. (IAAS) is a New York-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2000 to promote multicultural literature and literacy. In order to foster understanding of and respect for cultural diversity, the IAAS collaborates with poets, writers, artists, scholars and community organizations to promote literary talent and achievement through innovative programming.

The IAAS was founded by an ethnically and geographically diverse group of people who had a desire to bring multicultural literary voices and resources into our communities. Representing the business, artistic, teaching and literary communities, our founding board members believed we could fill a void in print, television and the internet by providing dynamic programming outside the traditional constraints of mainstream media, making multicultural literature and literacy more accessible than ever before.

At the heart of the IAAS’ mission is a commitment to foster lifelong learning opportunities through the exploration and discussion of literature. The purpose of the Annual phai’tude African American Literary Festival is to promote reading, encourage writing and heighten an awareness of African American Literature in a multiethnic setting that attracts people from diverse cultural backgrounds. The Festival’s initiative furthers the IAAS’ long-term mandate to promote multicultural literature and literacy. For more information about the IAAS and its programs, visit their wesbsite at

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