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Special Funds

The Festival is made possible through donations. In addition to supporting the Festival’s general operations, you can also choose to participate in a variety of special funding opportunities that give you the ability to direct your support to a part of the Festival that is most meaningful to you. 

If you would like to support a special fund at the Festival, please contact Katrice Kemble, Associate Director of Development at (203) 498-3704 or kkemble@artidea.org.

The Jean Handley Fund

The Jean Handley Fund was established in 2010 in honor of one of the Festival's co-founders, Jean M. Handley, and supports programs that represent Jean’s values and passions. Jean was a person of extraordinary wisdom and exceedingly high standards who was generous with her time and talents. Over the years this Fund has supported many different programs at the Festival, including community-based programming, free performances on the New Haven Green, family-focused programs, and US Premieres. In 2024, the Jean Handley Fund supports our presentation of CONTRA-TIEMPO’s “¡Azúcar!” Proceeds from our annual Visionary Leadership Event (VLE) support the Jean Handley Fund.

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Thank you to our 2024 Jean Handley Fund Donors!

Guido and Anne Tyler Calabresi
Felicia Charles
Gordon and Shelley Geballe
Penn and Diane Holsenbeck
Brandon Hutchinson
Natalie McClune
Roslyn Milstein Meyer and Jerome Meyer
Marc and Tanya Michaelson
RJ Julia Booksellers
Mike and Kathy Shonborn
Betsy Sledge
Yale-China Association


The Tom and Liz Serious Fun(d) was created in honor of Tom Griggs and Liz Fisher, former Co-Directors of the Festival, for their leadership and passion for the Festival and its mission. Funds raised through the Serious Fun(d) support special projects and performances that enhance the guest experience at the Festival. The Serious Fun(d) has supported a variety of Festival programming since its creation, including Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, the Arts & Ideas Family Series, and Angélique Kidjo performing with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. In 2024, the Serious Fun(d) honors Liz Fisher’s fabled circus career by supporting the return of circus programming to the Festival!

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Thank you to our 2024 Tom & Liz Serious Fun(d) Donors!

Nina Adams and Moreson Kaplan
Pat Allen
Dana Astmann
Michael and Robin Texeira Atwater
Susan Ball
Candace Barrington and Michael Shea
Elizabeth Braddon
Kathleen and Robert Bradley
Reverend Hiram & Dr. Patricia F. Brett
Jim and Martha Brogan
Dr. William & Mrs. Yulonda Brown
Barbara Bzdyra
Amy Cassello
Elsie B. Chapman
Stocky and Judy Clark
Anne Coates
William Cotrina
Bobby DellaCamera
John Deming
Joel Dodson
Frank Edwin Douglass
Patrick J. Dunn
Shirley Ellis-West
Sam Engelmeier
Sally Esposito
Liz & John Fisher
Nathan and Patricia Garland
Gordon and Shelley Geballe
Gillen Powers Family Fund
Clifton Edward Graves, Jr., Judge (ret.)
Thomas S. Griggs Jr. and Ed Bottomley
Alice and Jim Hadler
Steve and Lisa Hamm
Tiffany & Katrina Hopkins
Bernadette Huang & Geert Rouwenhorst
Yari Ijeh
Kit Ingui
Jones Family Fund
Pamela Jordan
Mickey Kavanagh
Katrice Kemble & Mike Rebeschi
Mary Kimbrough Webb Fund
Mary Lee
Annie Lin and Brendan Woo
Maria Markham and Andrew Putnam
Evelyn Massey
Geraldine Mauhs
Ginger & Stephen May
Milda McClain
Anthony McDonald
Roslyn Milstein Meyer and Jerome Meyer
Mary Miko
Andrea Miller
Jennifer Newman
David Norman-Schiff
Roberta Pilette
Stan & Carroll Possick
Protopapas Family
E. Puanani Ford
Lorenzo Pusateri
Shelley Quiala and Tony Hanson
Madeline Ravich and Scott Gaul
Brian & Laura Rebeschi
Richard and Paula Resch
Sheilah B. Rostow
Randi S. Rubin Rodriguez
Barbara and Jim Segaloff
Tom Smith
Kerala Snyder
Dianne Spence
Kirby C. Stafford
Lisa Stanger and Greg Colodner
Spencer Steinke
Laura Sundstrom and Joshua Sloat
Christopher Texeira and Phyllis Cummings-Texeira
Aaron Thompson
Tiffany D. Tudder
Brenner Saltzman Wallman LLP
JS Waznis
Jean K. Webb
Wednesday Friendsday Art Night
James White
David Yaccarino
Zdru Family Fund