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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, Development Manager at (203) 498-3704 or kkemble@artidea.org.

PROGRAMMING: 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. Proceeds from our annual Visionary Leadership Award Ceremony (VLA) support the Jean Handley Fund.

Learn about VLA

Thank you to our 2023 Jean Handley Fund Donors!

Janet and Christopher Arterton
Judy and Steve August
Noah Baerman
Candace Barrington and Michael Shea
Joe Bertolino and Bil Leipold
Hillary Bridges
Guido and Anne Tyler Calabresi
Kaley Casenhiser
Elsie B. Chapman
Luis Chavez-Brumell
Bob & Priscilla Dannies
Jesse Delia
Nick Fiorentino
Chenee Gallaher
Gordon and Shelley Geballe
Kimberly Goff-Crews
William Graustein
Clifton E. Graves Jr
Penn and Diane Holsenbeck
Kiki and Ted Kennedy, Jr.
Christine Kim
Alana Ladson
Nicole Makos
Lou Mangini
Ruby Melton and Gail McAvay
Roslyn Milstein Meyer and Jerome Meyer
Shannon Mykins
Jennifer Harrison Newman
Karen Pritzer-Vlock
Mohini Rarrick
Betsy Sledge
Lisa Stanger and Greg Colodner
Angelica Tapia Ko
Joel Tolman
Mary Evelyn Tucker
Leza Vanbeuren
Dr. Patricia Walker
Jean K. Webb
Leigh Youngblood

This year, the Jean Handley Fund supports our presentation of Heidi Latsky Dance: D.I.S.P.L.A.Y.E.D


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. 

Thank you to our 2023 Tom & Liz Serious Fun(d) Donors!

Rachel and Ian Alderman
Aldo DeDominicis Foundation
Michael and Robin Texeira Atwater
Candace Barrington & Mike Shea
Joe Bertolino and Bil Leipold
Kathleen and Robert Bradley
William H Braunlich & Michael R Meyer
Reverend Hiram Brett and Patricia F. Brett, Ed.D.
Dr. William & Yulonda Brown
Sam and Craig Burns
Cafe George by Paula
Berclee Cameron
Elaine C. Carroll
Elsie B. Chapman
Laura Clarke
Anne Coates
Vicki Crompton
Joel Dodson
Shirley Ellis-West
Sam Engelmeier
Sally Esposito
Denis Faucher
Liz & John Fisher
Nicole Freeman
Gordon and Shelley Geballe
Gillen Powers Family Fund
Chris and Toddie Getman
Rebecca Goodheart
Clifton E. Graves, Jr.
Sukhminder Grewal
Thomas S. Griggs, Jr. and Ed Bottomley
The Reverend Bonita Grubbs
Alice and Jim Hadler
Hameen Family
Elizabeth Hammond
Eliza Holland
Tiffany & Katrina Hopkins
Bernadette Huang
Kit Ingui
Dillon Kemble
Ellen and John Kemble
Katrice Kemble and Michael Rebeschi
James Kenny
Mary Kimbrough Webb Fund
Jackie Lightfield
Maria Markham and Andrew Putnam
Stephen & Ginger May
MFUNd, Inc.
Jenny Medina-Morris
ChrisAnn Miranda
Frank Mitchell and Michael Morand
Nicole Mowry
Fernando J. Muniz
Brian Nekoloff
David I. Newton
Carla O'Brien
Sue & Tee
Stephanie Paris-Cooper
MaseQua Pina
E. Puanani Ford
Shelley Quiala and Tony Hanson
Professor K.G. Rouwenhorst
Cliff Schloss
Barbara and Jim Segaloff
Sydney and Christina Spiesel
Kirby C. Stafford
Lisa Stanger and Greg Colodner
Anne Stone
Laura Sundstrom and Joshua Sloat
Leonardo H. Suzio and John Hansen
Jack Thomas & Bruce Payne
Carrie Thompson
Jean K. Webb
Wednesday Friendsday Art Night
Walton Wilson
Annie Lin and Brendan Woo
David Y.
Pamela Carley and Lawrence Zukof

This year, the Tom & Liz Serious Fun(d) supports our presentation of NHSO WITH ANGELIQUE KIDJO