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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.

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 Event (VLE) support the Jean Handley Fund.

Learn about Visionary Leadership

Donate to the Jean Handley Fund

Thank you to our 2024 Jean Handley Fund Donors!

Guido and Anne Tyler Calabresi
Gordon and Shelley Geballe
Penn and Diane Holsenbeck
Marc and Tanya Michaelson
Betsy Sledge


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
Elaine C. Carroll
Elsie B. Chapman
Laura Clarke
Anne Coates
Mary Ellen and Tom Cody
Vicki Crompton
Ben Diamond
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
Jim Horwitz and Sandy Allison
Bernadette Huang
Kit Ingui
Dillon Kemble
Ellen and John Kemble
Katrice Kemble and Mike Rebeschi
James Kenny
Mary Kimbrough Webb Fund
Jackie Lightfield
Maria Markham and Andrew Putnam
Ginger & Stephen 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
Nina Rivera
Professor K.G. Rouwenhorst
Joan Saddler
Cliff Schloss
Barbara and Jim Segaloff
Bruce Seymour
Sydney and Christina Spiesel
Kirby C. Stafford
Lisa Stanger and Greg Colodner
Ann 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