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The Intercultural Alliance of Artists & Scholars, Inc. (IAAS) is a NY-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization created in 2000 to promote multicultural literature and literacy. The IAAS's primary objective is to provide a forum for artists and scholars who are activities and thinkers, to unite under one umbrella and foster an awareness of multiculturalism to the mainstream population through literature.
The IAAS was initiated by an ethnically and geographically diverse group of people with a desire to bring diverse literary voices and resources into our communities. Representing the business, artistic, teaching and literary communities, our board members have always believed that a need exists to provide literary artists and the public with dynamic programming outside the traditional constraints of mainstream media, thereby filling a void in print, television and on the internet, making multicultural literature and literacy more accessible than ever before.
Our program initiatives (phati'tude Programs (www.phatitude.org) and 2Leaf Press (www.2leafpress.org)) were initiated by a diverse body of independent media activists, writers and scholars who reflect the voices and visions of underrepresented communities and address the needs of underserved audiences, particularly minorities and young adults.
Since its inception, the IAAS has built an enviable reputation for staging exciting and innovative literary programs that engage the public with issues and ideas from differing perspectives. Our Board remains committed to introducing new and diverse literatures and multicultural literary resources into the public discourse by providing programs that educate and inform all aspects of the population from varying and diverse backgrounds - from the poor and underprivileged, to the privileged yet undereducated.