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Join the Journey to Pepperland

At the 2017 Golden Globes, Donald Glover made the proclamation that the Atlanta rap trio Migos was “The Beatles of our generation.” It was an ambitious statement, one that made...

Visionary Leadership Award Reflection

Claudia Rankine sits on stage. She has just won the 8th annual Visionary Leadership Award. Speaking calmly, taking pauses only to let her words resonate more clearly, Rankine discusses her award...

Announcing Festival Co-Directors!

Tom Griggs, Chad Herzog, and Liz Fisher appointed Co-Directors of the Festival.

TALKING AROUND THE BACK PORCH: STORIES ON AUGUST WILSON

The late American playwright August Wilson, whose Tony and Pulitzer prize-winning play Fences premiered at the Yale Repertory Theatre, is legend for his depiction of the African-American...

Tim Snyder: On Tyranny

Author Tim Snyder discusses his guide to identifying and understanding the frightening parallels between our current reality and that of 20th century Europeans.

A CONVERSATION WITH TAYLOR MAC AND BASSEM YOUSSEF

One is a playwright, actor, singer-songwriter, performance artist, director, and producer. “A critical darling of the New York scene” (NY Magazine), TimeOut NY has called Mac, “One of the most...

We thought it was about the economy?

Since the inauguration, we've seen executive orders on immigration, controversies surrounding Russia, and tweets about crowd size and wire tapping. But hold on—wasn't it supposed to be about the...

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!

Learn more about Volunteering at the Festival and submit a 2018...

AMERICAN CUISINE, NEW ENGLAND CUISINE, NEW HAVEN CUISINE

Paul Freedman, author of Ten Restaurants That Changed America shares a history of American eating preferences and how we got to where we are. From New England’s culinary identity created by the...

CITIZENSHIP: AN EXPLORATION

Citizenship has been the underlying theme of much of our national conversation in recent months. Beyond the legal sense of “membership in a particular nation state,” citizenship has broader...

"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!

IMAGING NEW HAVEN: ENGAGING THE CITY

Join Nicholas Dawidoff, writer, Lisa Kereszi, critic, photographer, and Director of Undergraduate Studies, School of Art, Elihu Rubin, Associate Professor, School of Architecture, for a discussion...

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