Funding the Future of the Arts

Commissioned work. What does that mean? All Festival events take work to develop; many have had global success and are making their first journey to the U.S.; but commissioned works are unique because we work directly with the artists throughout their creative process. The Festival is the first place their pieces will be witnessed by anyone—and you’re here to experience it.

Festival funds provide artists the opportunity and resources to create new work, rehearse, fail, succeed, and ready it for performance. Often we collaborate with our arts colleagues around the world, pooling resources to make a greater impact on the project. The pieces we commission have a life much longer than our Festival. Every time they are performed, the International Festival of Arts & Ideas is recognized for our help in making the piece possible.

This summer’s world premieres of Wendy Whelan / Brian Brooks / Brooklyn Rider’s Some of a Thousand Words and Dmitry Krymov Lab & Yale School of Drama’s The Square Root of Three Sisters during this Festival are examples of what we can do with your help.

Arts & Ideas is committed to investing in the future of the arts and the artists we believe in. Through the generous support of forward-thinking arts lovers like you, we are able to support the creation of new work and the premieres here in New Haven through The Fund for the Future. Join us to celebrate this year’s new works and the future of the Festival. You’re here!

- Chad Herzog