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Big Mean I-Town Revue
The Sim Redmond Band
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Wassa Pan Africa Dance Ensemble
Road Man
Empire Kings
Ithaca Ballet
Circus Culture
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The Blind Spots


Announcing the 2018 Festival Artist - Shira Evergreen

By Josh Dolan, April 17, 2018

It is our distinct pleasure to announce the successful launch and reception of the 2018 Ithaca Festival artwork. Since the April 11, 2018 release fans from across facebook have been sharing and praising the work of local graphic artist, Shira Evergreen. This unique design blends images of longstanding Ithaca Festival and local traditions, communicating the unique blend of Ithaca this beloved festival highlights for our community.

Shira Evergreen is a queer documentary filmmaker, graphic designer, writer and musician whose work focuses on social and environmental justice. She studied filmmaking and English at Cornell University (’02), and after a six year stint in New York City and Brooklyn, she returned to Ithaca in 2008. Shira has designed the logos for many local initiatives including Greenstar Community Projects, Dish Truck, Ithaca Murals, First Peoples’ Festival, Shaleshock, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Walkway, and she painted an electrical box as part of the “21 Boxes” public art project.

Shira wrote and co-directed the environmental zombie thriller Frac Attack: Dawn of the Watershed (2009), which helped galvanize action that led to the banning of fracking in Dryden. Her feature-length documentary, Empowered: Power from the People (2012), screened at film festivals around the country and abroad and was described by Bill McKibben as “a remarkable ground-up account of the revolution that’s really starting to alter things on this earth.”

Shira co-founded Share Tompkins, which facilitates local sharing culture and was featured in The New York Times and Yes! Magazine. She has served on the board of Sustainable Tompkins, and was an Ithaca Freeskool organizer, creating the artwork for several calendars and making numerous videos of classes. When not making movies and art, Shira loves to forage for wild edibles like chanterelle mushrooms and ramps. She plays on a summer volleyball team at Stewart Park and relishes exploring Ithaca with her husband and two small kids (ages five and two).

Favorite local musician: Sammus

Favorite local restaurant: Ten Forward Cafe

Favorite local farm: Indian Creek Farm

Favorite local waterfall: Ludlowville Falls

You can learn more about Shira's work at