Downtown Urban Arts Festival (DUAF) is a five-week multi-disciplinary arts event with cultural offerings in theater, film, music and poetry in downtown NYC
Creative Ammo Inc. (CA), the producer of the Downtown Urban Arts Festival, is a community development organization for artists focused on building stronger communities. We believe artists are an important leverage point in our work. Our mission is to cultivate vibrant communities by connecting artists with the skills and services they need to develop their talent into a marketable skill to pursue a career in the arts. Our programs are inclusive, open and embrace diverse ideas and art forms, and target communities of color and other underrepresented multicultural, women and LGBT populations.
Downtown Urban Arts Festival (DUAF) is a five-week multi-disciplinary arts event with cultural offerings in theater, film, music and poetry in downtown Manhattan at renowned venues.
Theater @DUAF (formerly know as Downtown Urban Theater Festival/DUTF) is the core program. Theater was founded with the purpose to build a repertoire of new American theater that echoes the true spirit of urban life and speaks to a new generation whose lives defy categorizing along conventional lines. That purpose has been realized many times over, as 185 plays created and refined for the stage by 158 writers from New York and across America’s burgeoning multicultural landscape.
Film @DUAF provides an outlet for diverse new and emerging filmmakers from around the world to share their stories about their artistic viewpoints, cultural interpretation. It is an outtake of Theater with the mission to create a marriage between film and theatre by presenting works with strong theatrical elements that focus more on dramatic text and less on visual effects.
Music @DUAF and Poetry @DUAF are community events. Music will be feature a musician with strong theater and film ties and will be held at Joe’s Pub. Poetry, titled Words Matter, is a participatory event titled Words Matter for the community consisting of preview performances of plays that deal with current social issues followed by a poetry slam with where audience members can recite and compete for a $200 prize.
National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
Multi-disciplinary Arts Festival and Youth Programs