The International Festival of Arts & Ideas is a year-round organization that culminates in an extravaganza of performing arts, lectures, and conversations that takes over theaters and open spaces in New Haven, Connecticut each June.

Thank you for coming out for the 2017 Festival! June’s program was bold, made us think, and asked important questions. Choreographer Camille A. Brown urged us to “stand in our truth.” A community cast created (Be)longing in every sense of the word. Tim Snyder’s talk on Tyranny brought the state of our union into sharp focus, while Taylor Mac and Bassem Youssef reminded us that artistic expression - and humor - offer ways to continually shift our own cultural narrative.

As Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro June 24th, “New Haven is the arts capital of Connecticut and this is the Crown Jewel.” Can you imagine what New Haven would be like without the Arts & Ideas? Will you make a gift now to support your Festival? Your contribution lays the groundwork for 2018 and beyond.


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Cheers to our Festival Volunteers!

Thank you to the hundreds of volunteers who give so generously of their time to make the Festival a success for all!

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"Festival" is a verb.

We know it; you showed it. Thank you - to our audiences, artists, thinkers, volunteers, and staff - for making Arts & Ideas the "Crown Jewel" of the arts in Connecticut!

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