Participate: Career Pathway


New Haven public school sophomores and juniors! Become a Fellow and experience Arts & Ideas programming at the highest level during weekly classes, January to June, that grow critical and creative thinking, communication, and expression.


Arts & Ideas accepts intern applications year-round, welcoming high school students to gain real-world work experience working with a fast-paced, multi-faceted arts organization.


College students and/or recent graduates get behind-the-scenes experience working for our critically acclaimed Festival, and gain real-world, hands-on professional training.

Seasonal Jobs

Work with us during the Festival! Watch the website for seasonal position postings. Positions for each June’s Festival are posted in the winter prior to the Festival.

PARTNER: Community Collaborators

Volunteer Program

For two weeks each June and throughout the year, 300+ volunteers from greater New Haven bring the Festival to life. With more than 80% of our events being free, we rely on the passionate and committed support of our community members. Volunteer today!

Pop-Up Festival Steering Committees

One-day pop-up celebrations in New Haven’s historic and culturally rich neighborhoods lead up to our festival downtown. Join a neighborhood steering committee and help invigorate your community!


Our most dedicated community supporters and advisors help us grow our programs, facilitate community conversations, and invite new audiences to participate in the Festival downtown.

If you are interested in participating as an Ambassador, please contact Sarah Sherban, Louise Endel Community Engagement Manager (203) 498-3744,


Arts & Ideas relies on local and regional partner organizations to help bring people together and provide the most enriching and exciting opportunities to our community.

If you are interested in participating as a Community Partner, please contact Sarah Sherban, Louise Endel Community Engagement Manager (203) 498-3744,

Play: Dive In!

Artist Opportunities

A new series of performances in the Historic Churches on the New Haven Green showcases artists and talents from our region. We welcome submissions from all performing disciplines including music, theater, dance, and storytelling. Performances will be curated. These submissions are currently under review. Submissions for 2017 are now closed.

Big Read

An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. The 2017 Big Read centers on Luis Alberto Urrea's book "Into the Beautiful North," with related free events offered throughout Greater New Haven.

Activate (Be)longing

Local individuals and community organizations are invited to create artistic and participatory responses the theatre work (Be)longing which will be presented as part of the 2017 Festival. These responses are meant to trigger connection between local groups, individuals, and ideas and will be shared as independent events throughout the Spring, or as part of Act II in show’s June performances.

Global Sounds

This pilot program brings six weeks of international music listening to elementary school students, played over the school intercom at the start of the day to the entire student body, as part of morning announcements. It's a wonderful way to begin the day—with a musical spark of inspiration that sets students up for success.