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Since 1919, The New School has been home to scholars, creators, and activists who challenge convention and boldly make their mark on the world.
To celebrate this groundbreaking legacy, we are opening our doors to the public for a weeklong festival of innovative performances, talks, workshops, screenings, exhibitions, and more.

On October 1–6, 2019, join us as we reflect on a century of world-changing ideas and together imagine a new kind of future.

The Festival of New is free and open to all.
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Michelle Coffey

Executive Director, Lambent Foundation, New York
Michelle designs, implements and furthers the strategic agenda, leadership and vision of Lambent Foundation. Lambent Foundation leverages the critical role of arts and culture at the intersection of social justice. Through innovative grant making, they explore the impact of contemporary art as a strategy for promoting sustainable cultural practices in New York City, New Orleans and Nairobi. Prior to her creating Lambent Foundation in 2009, she was Director of Starry Night Fund and Senior Philanthropic Advisor at Tides Foundation. In addition, she serves on the boards of Creative Capital Foundation, the Brownsville Multi-Service Family Health Care Center in East New York and recently the Vera List Center for Arts and Politics at the New School.