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    Anne Cubberly's Giant Puppets

    Experience the whimsical magic of Anne Cubberly’s Giant Puppets as they roam the Green and Downtown New Haven! These colossal, colorful creations are more than just puppets—they’re vibrant reflections of our essence and the boundless spirit within us all. Don’t let their size intimidate you; instead, seek them out and bask in the awe- inspiring wonder they evoke.

    Juneteenth Celebration

    Curated by Artsucation and the Official Juneteenth Coalition of Greater New Haven, this evening promises to be a harmonious blend of rhythm, love, and artistry like no other. Join us for an evening with New Haven All-Stars featuring The Keepers of the Culture Performing Arts Company, Manny James and Soulclectic, and The Rahsaan Langley Project.

    Compagnia de’ Colombari: King Lear

    Compagnia de’ Colombari’s KING LEAR, adapted and directed by Karin Coonrod, is a raw, primal, and potent “paper crown” Lear that strips down the Shakespearian classic to its essence. An ensemble of ten actors ranging in age and gender all embody King Lear at the beginning. One by one, they strip off their paper crowns, transform into other characters, and conduct a take-over of the text and the theatre space. Spreading across the play’s treacherous psychic cartography, the performers dig deep into the internal and external voyage of a mighty king who loses and then finds himself again after arduous challenges.

    East Coast Greenway/Farmington Canal Trail North

    Travel North from New Haven to Cheshire and learn about plans to connect the former rail trail to Northampton, MA. Visit historic Locks 12 and 14 before returning to New Haven. A representative of ECG will lead the ride and provide information and background on the trail.

    Climate Activism and Optimism

    Ideas Summit: Environmental Voices

    Lucy Nalpathanchil moderates a powerful conversation on Activism and Optimism that features LGBTQ BIPOC activists Adrian Huq, co-founder of the New Haven Climate Movement Youth Action Team, and Kwolanne Felix, Fellowship and Community Manager at Black Girl Environmentalist. This empowering dialogue highlights the potential of emerging climate leaders of color, including Black girls, women, and gender-expansive individuals, in climate leadership. Don't miss this opportunity to be inspired by their stories and insights as they discuss strategies for driving positive change in our communities and beyond.

    Explore New Haven with Take Pic's Here Photowalk

    Grab your gear and join pro photographer Lance Long on a photo walk around downtown New Haven, Get ready to see awesome photo worthy locations, learn some local history and gain awesome photo skills during this tour. IPhone photography and DSLR photography accepted.

    WORKSHOP: Save the Sound: Reconnected (Restoring the Rivers of Long Island Sound)

    Ideas Summit: Environmental Voices

    Join us for "Save the Sound: Reconnected," a documentary film screening and panel discussion on the restoration of Long Island Sound rivers through dam removal. Explore the ecological benefits of this initiative and engage with experts in a dynamic conversation on environmental restoration and conservation efforts.

    Juneteenth Village

    The concept of unity - Umoja - is the lifeblood of any community. Come and support the various entrepreneurs who welcome you and your families and experience the values of intergenerational respect and learning through an elder honoring ceremony and educational presentations. Curated by Artsucation and the Official Juneteenth Coalition of Greater New Haven.

    Climate Displacement

    Ideas Summit: Environmental Voices

    Join us for an enlightening discussion on climate displacement, featuring speaker Tabitha Sookdeo from IRIS, Maya Prabhu from Law at Yale Law School and Yale School of Medicine, and Keshia "Talking Waters" De Freece from Sovereign Science LLC. Delve into the pressing question: Who are the climate migrants, and what challenges do they encounter? Gain insight into the complexities of climate-induced migration and the legal and humanitarian issues involved. Don't miss this opportunity to deepen your understanding of this urgent global issue and explore avenues for support and advocacy.

    WORKSHOP: Climate and Migration Resource Fair

    Ideas Summit: Environmental Voices

    Discover a wealth of resources at our Climate and Migration Resource Fair. Join us to explore essential services and initiatives aimed at addressing climate challenges and supporting immigrant communities in Connecticut. Connect with organizations dedicated to making a positive impact on these vital issues.

    Grand Avenue Gastronomy Tour

    Tantalize your taste buds and feast your eyes on the rich history of Grand Avenue with Lee Cruz's famous Gastronomy Tour! As you munch your way down this iconic street, you'll savor multicultural delights while uncovering the vibrant stories of New Haven's Fair Haven neighborhood. From Dominican delicacies to Puerto Rican pastries, every bite tells a tale. Led by Lee Cruz, prepare for a flavorful journey that nourishes both body and mind. Don't miss this delectable adventure.

    Where in New Haven is Kevin McCarthy

    Spend an afternoon with New Haven's own Kevin McCarthy, a former non-partisan policy analyst at the state legislature. Kevin's daily treks by bicycle may include stops at Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS), FISH of Greater New Haven, the Friends Center for Children among many, many organizations.

    Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson in conversation with John Dankosky

    Ideas Summit: Environmental Voices

    Can science save us? Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson of Urban Ocean Lab and John Dankosky from Science Friday, discussing Dr. Johnson's latest book, "What If We Get It Right?" Explore the bold notion of envisioning a future where we act out of love for what's to come, navigating through the complexities of climate change with optimism and determination. This transformative dialogue offers a roadmap for embracing solutions at the intersection of science, policy, culture, and justice, inviting everyone to play a role in shaping a thriving world.

    Malhaar: A Requiem for Water

    Choral Fusion

    Experience the transformative melodies of “Malhaar: A Requiem for Water” by composer Reena Esmail, presented by Yale Choral Artists. Inspired by mystical Hindustani raags invoking rain, this performance blends Latin requiem texts with Hindi poetry, exploring water’s beauty, loss, and renewal. Join us on a journey of hope with Mumbai vocalist Saili Oak, renowned for bridging Indian and Western classical music. Dive into a world of music and reflection on our relationship with water and the earth.

    The Regicides: Dad Jokes (But Funny!)

    The Original King Killers of Comedy kick off their summer improv series with a special Father’s Day-themed performance. It’s not a dad bod, it’s a father figure. (18+ suggested)

    New Haven Symphony Orchestra: Celebrate New Haven

    Join us for an unforgettable evening of music and merriment at “Celebrate New Haven!” Experience the vibrant energy of our city as the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of its new music director, Conductor Perry So, fills the air with melodies. Get ready to dance under the stars at our outdoor party! NHSO brings passion and innovation to every performance, inspiring audiences of all ages. Enjoy a bite from a local restaurant or food truck and revel in this free concert on the New Haven Green!

    Juneteenth Bike Tour

    Take a bike tour through history showcasing New Haven's rich community of Black creativity and innovation, past and present. The ride will take in key historical and cultural landmarks where African and African-Americans have left their imprint on the history of New Haven and beyond. The journey will cover the late 1700s to the present day.

    Explore What's Queer About Downtown New Haven

    Take a walking tour of Downtown New Haven, but seen through a queer lens. Discover a hidden history—four centuries in the making—among the nine squares in the country’s first planned city. See where Cole Porter got his kick from champagne…Doors’ front man Jim Morrison was bloodied and arrested…Bette Davis had a bumpy night…Judy and Liza played both sides of the street…Jodi Foster’s hang out the night President Reagan was shot…frisky freshmen went subterranean for their meet and greets…and the site of one of Connecticut’s first public gay executions in 1646.

    Notorious New Haven

    Traitors, theives and counterfeiters have all made a home in New Haven. Take a ride through New Haven's notorious past, a past the founders of the city would be appalled by if they knew what happened here.


    Celtic Fusion

    You are invited to delight in the enchanting sounds of Cécilia! This dynamic band effortlessly blends traditional, Celtic, and Quebecois music, creating a whirlwind of musical magic. From skillfully arranged pieces to influences ranging from contemporary to classical, jazz, and swing styles, their performances are a true celebration of musical fusion. Get up and dance as you won’t be able to sit still!

    The Ebony Hillbillies


    Get ready to be swept away by the infectious tunes of The Ebony Hillbillies – the last African-American String Band in America! Keeping essential traditions alive with a fresh twist, they blend pop, country, bluegrass, folk, rock, and jazz into an untamed, joyful sound. From appearances at NYC’s music under New York to captivating performances today, they bridge generations and transcend cultural boundaries. Join us for a toe-tapping, heartwarming experience that honors musical heritage and celebrates unity!

    Kevin Harris: ROOTS, WATER, & SUNLIGHT

    (A Contemporary Wind Octet Expedition through the expressions of James Baldwin)

    A distinctive trait of internationally acclaimed jazz pianist Kevin Harris is his desire to constantly grow, evolve, improve, and advance. His interest to interweave traditional and contemporary music styles, visual arts, electronic media, science, and language, is what distinguishes his music and what renders his performances unique experiences, meant to activate the audience’s senses and personal curiosity.

    Shining Light on Truth: New Haven, Yale, and Slavery

    A guided tour of "Shining Light on Truth: New Haven, Yale, and Slavery" with curator Michael Morand. The exhibition complements the publication of Yale and Slavery: A History and draws from the Yale and Slavery Research Project’s key findings in areas such as the economy and trade, Black churches and schools, the 1831 Black college proposal, and memory and memorialization in the 20th century and today.

    Tempests of the Mind: Exploring Climate Change, Shakespeare, and the Human Experience

    Ideas Unleashed

    Step into the tempestuous world of Shakespeare's King Lear and explore its profound relevance to our modern climate challenges! No work of English literature speaks more directly to human vulnerability in the face of climate disruption than Shakespeare's King Lear. The old king, thrust into the storm, feels his environmental weakness to his skin. This round-table conversation is led by renowned Shakespearean scholar Steve Mentz. Speakers will include David Sterling Brown, a CT native who currently teaches at Trinity College in Hartford, and actor, writer, and teacher Tara Bradway.

    ThaumCATrope: A Metaphorical Quantum Search in New Haven

    The Yale Quantum Institute and the Yale Library Digital Humanities Lab have partnered to create an educational application, at the intersection of art and science, where you would need to explore New Haven and the Yale Campus to find your (Schrödinger) cat, and learn about quantum science along the way! We invite you to be one of our very first app testers (we will have computers and tablets or you can bring your own laptop or phone) in the beautiful space of the DHLab.

    NHSO Family Concert

    Experience New Orleans jazz on the New Haven Green! The New Haven Symphony Orchestra’s brass quintet presents fun for the whole family in this free, interactive concert for young children. Kids will get the chance to parade in a 2nd line and a special guest host will read “New Orleans Summer Swing.” Join in the family fun for everyone at New Haven’s take on the Big Easy!

    Empanada Making (Madeline's Empanada)

    Join us for a culinary celebration honoring the delicious diversity of empanadas! Chef Hazel invites you to an interactive class where you'll learn to craft authentic empanada dough and fillings inspired by Central American, Caribbean, and Spanish traditions. Get ready to stuff, fold, and bake your way to empanada perfection! Plus, we'll spice things up with cocktail making to complement these savory delights. Don't miss this fun-filled evening of flavor exploration and cocktail creativity!

    PechaKucha: The Best We Could Do

    How much can you share in 20 slides, 20 seconds each? PechaKucha, originating in Tokyo in 2003, offers a platform for storytellers to share their tales in a distinctive format. This innovative approach has intrigued both storytellers and audiences globally. Show up and learn several new things very quickly! Want you tell your own story?

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    Amy Tan: Backyard Bird Chronicles

    Explore the world of birds like you never have before with bestselling author Amy Tan at the newly remodeled Yale Peabody Museum! Join us for a celebration of all things avian as Amy shares insights from her recent book, The Backyard Bird Chronicles. Discover the beauty of nature through Amy’s witty anecdotes, observations, and stunning illustrations. Don’t miss this enchanting journey with a multihyphenate wonder, moderated by WTNH’s Ann Nyberg, as we dive into the hidden wonders of our feathered friends!

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    A Slice (of What’s to Come)

    New Haven is a pizza town. Or, more appropriately, apizza town. But what does this iconic American food — with roots in New Haven’s immigrant and labor communities past — say about our present moment, for our city and our culture? Join A Broken Umbrella Theatre (last seen at the Festival in 2013 with the award-winning Freewheelers), as they present A Slice, a preview of a larger work that will debut at Arts & Ideas 2025. A Slice includes a pizza tasting, a walk-through of New Haven pizza history with Taste of New Haven’s Colin Caplan, and a discussion with Broken Umbrella’s creative team about devising new work and why we love New Haven apizza!

    Yale Peabody Museum Renovation Tour

    Learn about the creation of the galleries with some of the project leaders, and get a glimpse behind the scenes at dynamic new spaces.

    Constance Baker Motley Stamp

    In honor of Juneteenth, the International Festival of Arts & Ideas invites kids of all ages to join Constance L. Royster and New Haven Educator, Katlyn Rapini, for a moderated Q&A discussing the life of Constance Baker Motley, the first Black female federal judge and highly accomplished Civil Rights attorney.

    DIY StoryCorps

    Join us for a special storytelling event led by seasoned storyteller Saul Fussiner, followed by the opportunity to record your story for potential submission to StoryCorps. The theme of the event is celebration, and Saul will guide participants through a short workshop to hone their storytelling skills. Kevin Ewing will be on hand to assist with the recording process. Don't miss this chance to share your story and celebrate the power of narrative!

    City Parks - New Haven's Natural Beauties

    Park Enthusiast Sydney Collins will take you on a journey through some of New Haven's parks. You'll learn about conservation efforts and the triumphs and challenges to maintaining the natural land.

    Elm City: The Heartbeat of Connecticut

    Embark on a cinematic odyssey that celebrates the vibrant tapestry of the Hill, Dixwell, Newhallville, Fair Haven, Long Wharf, and West Hills/West Rock neighborhoods. This compelling new documentary delves deep into the roots, evolution, and future prospects of these diverse communities. Join us for an enlightening Q&A session as we explore the cultural richness that defines our city. Don’t miss this captivating cinematic experience!

    ThaumCATrope: A Metaphorical Quantum Search in New Haven

    The Yale Quantum Institute and the Yale Library Digital Humanities Lab have partnered to create an educational application, at the intersection of art and science, where you would need to explore New Haven and the Yale Campus to find your (Schrödinger) cat, and learn about quantum science along the way! We invite you to be one of our very first app testers (we will have computers and tablets or you can bring your own laptop or phone) in the beautiful space of the DHLab.

    Tour Luckey Climbers

    The tour will include a slide show and lecture with an in depth description of the process of designing and fabricating Luckey Climbers.

    World Food Bazaar

    Join us on June 20th for a heartwarming celebration of World Refugee Day! Let's honor the resilience and strength of those forced to flee with a delightful culinary journey. Indulge in the rich flavors of Syrian, Afghan, and Senegalese cuisine at Sanctuary Kitchen, savor authentic Ethiopian dishes at Lalibella, and treat yourself to heavenly sweet delights and refreshing hibiscus tea at Havenly. Let's come together, share stories, and support our refugee communities with love and compassion.

    Traditional Dance from Afganistan

    Get ready for an electrifying performance as a young Afghani men's group with IRIS takes the stage to perform the Attan! Originating from the vibrant cultural tapestry of Afghanistan, the Attan is a traditional dance full of energy and rhythm, captivating audiences at celebrations, festivals, weddings, and other monumental gatherings.


    Ukrainian Folk Fusion

    Join us on June 20th for a heartwarming celebration of International Refugee Day with DakhaBrakha! Meaning “give and take” in Ukrainian, DakhaBrakha blends traditional Ukrainian folk music with global rhythms, creating a mesmerizing trans-national sound. Winners of the Shevchenko National Prize in 2020, DakhaBrakha performs around the world, bringing song and stories from their homeland of Kiev. Experience the joy of cultural exchange through captivating video content and live music.

    Tapping the Possibilities

    A hands on tour of the Whitney Water Treatment plant. Where the water comes from and what it takes to get to you our customers.

    Afghan Women's Narratives through Art: Exploring Themes of Identity & Home

    By the end of 2024, United Nations expects 130 million people worldwide to be forcibly displaced from their homes by conflict, persecution, natural disasters, and other extreme events. 5,000 refugees have been resettled in New Haven. How can we get to know our refugee neighbors, offer support as they build new lives and be a part of the healing process?

    Stokley Williams

    Get ready to groove with R&B and Soul sensation Stokley Williams from Mint Condition! With a GRAMMY-nominated career as a vocalist, songwriter, producer, and multi- instrumentalist, Stokley has collaborated with music icons like Prince, Whitney Houston, and Janet Jackson. Known for his soulful voice and electrifying performances, Stokley brings his chart-topping hits like “Organic” and “Levels” to the stage. DJs SW1 and Hollywood will warm us up along with Connecticut favorite, Ricky Alan Draughn and his band. Join your hosts comedian Freddie Ricks (Shaft, Baby Boy, Strays) and Hollywood for an unforgettable night of smooth rhythms and soulful melodies!

    The 7 Fingers: Duel Reality

    Originally Produced & Created with Virgin Voyages and Presented in Partnership with Yale Schwarzman Center

    All’s fair in love and war. You won’t want to miss this exhilarating performance with Montreal’s renowned arts collective, the 7 Fingers. In “Duel Reality” they combine acrobatics, theater, dance, multimedia, music, and storytelling, and present human stories with superhuman skills. Stripping down circus spectacle to its thrilling essence, they breathe new life into Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Witness a lively arena where two groups collide in playful competition and fierce conflict, all while star-crossed lovers steal the show, proving that love triumphs, even amidst rivalry. Don’t miss this thrilling blend of acrobatics and emotion!

    New Haven's Pollinator Pathway

    A pollinator pathway is a wild corridor providing a habitat and nutrition for pollinators. Visit current habitats created by New Haven residents and communities and learn how you can be part of the pathway.

    Social Connections to End Loneliness

    Ideas Summit: How We Live

    Join host Catherine Shen on CT Public's "Where We Live" as she moderates an engaging discussion with Deb Bibbins, founder of For All Ages. Discover why social connection is the foundation of our mental and physical health, who the loneliest age group is (it’s not the one you think!), and how we can help one another improve our social connectivity. Learn how intergenerational connection has the power to add years to our lives and help our community feel more connected and livelier. Don’t miss this chance to hear about ways to improve social health, bring different generations closer, and make our society kinder for everyone.

    The Red Trouser Show

    Get ready for The Red Trouser Show! Circus stunts, precision acrobatics, and comedy collide in this electrifying performance! David Graham and Tobin Renwick, lifelong friends since 1st grade and Circus Smirkus alumni, bring two decades of world-traveling expertise to their production. With non-stop action and heart-pounding excitement, you'll be laughing and cheering from start to finish. Don't miss out on this award-winning spectacle that promises thrills, spills, and plenty of laughter!

    WORKSHOP: Social Connection Art Workshop with Kwadwo Adae

    Ideas Summit: How We Live

    Participants in the workshop will pair off and describe a vulnerable time where they felt the most lonely in their lives. The person that shares their description will have their opposite partner draw the experience to the best of their ability on half the paper. The two participants will then switch activities and fill the other half of the paper with the other person's experience. Creating a unique vision of loneliness on paper that can have similarities as well as differences evaluated visually and emotionally.

    Coffee Crawl

    Explore the best of New Haven's coffee shops with a coffee crawl! Learn some history of coffee production and crafting in New Haven while we walk to various local coffee shops — and getting the best of lattes, cappuccinos, mochas, and more. More fun than educational. Prepare to get caffeinated.

    The Mailroom

    Presented in Collaboration with Yale-China Association

    The Mailroom is an experiential installation that reimagines the ethereal space of traditional Chinese mailrooms where information, objects, relationships, stories, and emotions converge, intertwine, and eventually disappear. At this event, you can shape your own visiting experience by interacting with the installation at your own pace. Through this multi-sensory exploration, artists from the David Geffen School of Drama at Yale University delve into the intricacies of community formation and transformation, inviting reflections on the enigmatic essence of collective memory.

    Redefining Aging: Embracing a New Paradigm

    Ideas Summit: How We Live

    Join author and activist Ashton Applewhite and Donna Fedus from Borrow My Glasses for an enlightening conversation on aging and inclusivity. Discover how aging can be a period of growth and vitality, while exploring strategies to combat ageism and promote fairness. Challenge common beliefs, share ideas for fostering a welcoming society for all ages, and delve into the importance of reshaping perceptions about aging. This discussion highlights the importance of reshaping perceptions about aging and ensuring equitable treatment for everyone!

    What Does Legacy Mean To You?

    NXTHVN's 2023-2024 Apprentices present their culminating exhibition, Legacy, What Does it Mean to You? to be displayed in the mobile art museum, cARTie, with tour stops throughout the New Haven area. The exhibition includes original pieces created by NXTHVN's High School Apprentices as well as residents from the Hannah Gray Home in Dixwell that focus on the topic of legacy. In partnership, the Arts & Ideas High School Fellowship Program students will host a panel on the topic of legacy during the exhibition opening on June 22, 2024 at NXTHVN.

    Shoreline Greenway

    Did you ever wish there was a way to travel from New Haven Eastward on the shoreline by bike? The Shoreline Greenway trail shares that vision to build a 25-mile trail for bikers, walkers, and outdoor enthusiasts. Ride the planned route in New Haven to connect with the Greenway and points beyond.

    WORKSHOP: Rethinking Age Discrimination: Your Attitude About Aging Impacts Your Future (with Donna Fedus)

    Ideas Summit: How We Live

    The experience of aging is drastically different from what it was just one or two generations ago. Yet age bias persists. Age stereotypes and discrimination are harmful for our own self-talk and for any older adult we interact with. Join us for an interactive workshop, where we challenge outdated assumptions and perceptions about aging, and practice responses to common scenarios and thoughts like “I feel old.”

    Botanical Garden of Healing Dedicated to Victims of Gun Violence

    Hear from garden founder, Marlene Miller Pratt, about her vision to raise awareness of the magnitude of the gun violence problem in the City of New Haven and creating a healing space for families to come together and remember lives lost.

    Decoding the Science of Happiness with Laurie Santos and Tamar Gendler

    Ideas Summit: How We Live

    Join Laurie Santos, host of the Happiness Lab Podcast, and Tamar Gendler, Yale Professor of Philosophy and the Science of Human Nature, for an enlightening discussion on the science, history, and philosophy of happiness. Learn useful tips and ideas on how to live a more positive life. Whether you're curious about what makes us happy or just want some advice on feeling better, this conversation will be packed with helpful information and good vibes.

    Harmony in Action

    Experience the rich melodies of Music Haven’s advanced student chamber orchestra, Harmony In Action (HIA) on the New Haven Green! In addition to numerous performance opportunities throughout the year, HIA students also plan social action projects, host guest speakers, participate in workshops, and attend concert trips.

    El Laberinto del Coco

    Bomba Fusion

    Experience the rhythmic magic of El Laberinto del Coco, an Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba Fusion ensemble, led by percussionist Hector “Coco” Barez. With a unique blend of sizzling musical ideas, Barez presents new ways to the traditional sounds of Puerto Rican Bomba. Expect sizzling horn lines, funky guitar riffs, layered percussion, and captivating vocals that will leave you mesmerized. With their infectious energy and innovative sound, El Laberinto del Coco has carved a distinct niche in the music scene, captivating audiences worldwide. Join us at 6PM for an opening treat with New Haven’s own Harmony in Action.

    Lost Landmarks: An Architectural Journey into New Haven’s Forgotten Past

    Cycle the city to uncover some of New Haven’s most colorful history — via buildings and sites lost over the centuries. You’ll encounter Revolutionary heroes (and a hero/traitor), abolitionists, Black history figures, a movie mogul, a celebrated canine, notable architects, working-class heroes, and more.

    Bibliophilia X Taphophilia: The Dead Shall Be Read

    Two great archives are neighbors in New Haven: Grove Street Cemetery, the nation’s first chartered burial ground, and Beinecke Library, North America’s largest building dedicated exclusively to rare books and and manuscripts. Both exist to make the past accessible in the present for the future, and both offer many encyclopedias of stories to explore and inspire.

    America Unfiltered: Portraits and Voices of a Nation

    Directed by Horacio Marquinez and Kirill Myltsev

    During the pandemic’s peak, two immigrant filmmakers from Panama and Russia traversed the U.S. to capture America’s essence. Their project, “America Unfiltered,” explores whether empathy and listening can bridge national divides. Through candid conversations on politics, race, love, and immigration, the film and photo exhibit aim to foster understanding and optimism for America’s future. This journey documents diverse American experiences, highlighting our common humanity in a time of division.

    Improv Workshop with The Regicides

    Say “Yes, and…” to the Regicides, then get on your feet and play with us! Exercise your creative and collaborative muscles while having a ton of fun learning the basics of improvisational comedy, facilitated by New Haven’s longest-running improv ensemble. (Please note: Workshop participants must be 15 or older)

    The Murals of Fair Haven presented by Lee Cruz

    A renaissance is unfolding in Fair Haven and one of its exciting outcomes is the rediscovery of murals and other forms of public art. Some of these artworks were created decades ago, while others emerged within the past two years. Local artists contributed many of these pieces, but nationally and internationally recognized figures also left their mark. Regardless of their creators' origins, these public works of art share a common thread: their existence within the vibrant tapestry of Fair Haven, a culturally and ethnically diverse neighborhood. Join Lee Cruz on this bike ride where you will see murals and other public works of art.

    Welcome to Newhallville

    Join us and get a first-hand look at how community residents and stakeholders have rejuvenated and revitalized sections of Newhallville. You will hear some historical and funny facts about Newhallville that will have prizes attached to the correct answer.

    The 7 Fingers: The Realities of ‘Duel Reality’

    Presented by Yale Schwarzman Center in partnership with the International Festival of Arts & Ideas

    This one-of-a-kind workshop with The Seven Fingers offers a window into the rehearsal process for their epic cirque love story, Duel Reality, and an opportunity for Q&A with the performers.

    Mulan Fitness Art School

    Don’t miss the vibrant dance performance by Mulan Fitness Art School! Led by the talented Ms. Jichun Sun, whose students showcase traditional Chinese dance styles alongside Mulan quan – a modern fusion of tai chi, yoga, and martial arts. With Ms. Jichun’s expertise and years of stage experience, the performance promises to be a delightful celebration of Mulan spirits and Chinese culture.

    New Haven Chinese Cultural Cooperative

    Founded in 2023, the New Haven Chinese Cultural Cooperative (NHCCC) is a vibrant nonprofit organization committed to enriching communities across Connecticut with the beauty and depth of traditional Chinese and Taiwanese music. The NHCCC mission is to break down barriers and bring the enchanting world of traditional Chinese and Taiwanese music to everyone, making each event an unforgettable celebration of culture and art.


    Inuit Soul

    Experience the vibrant rhythms and rich culture of the Inuit people with Pamyua! Through their captivating music and dance performances, Pamyua showcases Inuit traditions, sharing indigenous knowledge and history with the world. Their unique style blends traditional melodies with contemporary vocalization and instrumentation, earning them the title of “Inuit Soul Music.”

    EveryBody Dances with Contra Tiempo

    Presented by Yale Schwarzman Center in partnership with the International Festival of Arts & Ideas

    EveryBody Dances @ Yale Schwarzman Center brings local and visiting dance artists to our Dance Studio to teach masterclasses in jazz, hip hop, salsa, modern, contemporary, precision dance and more! All community members are welcome.

    Dive into the vibrant streets of Santiago de Cuba and Havana during Carnival with our Conga and Comparsa dance class. Inspired by the eastern side of Cuba, this high-energy class brings the spirit of Carnival alive, rooted in Afro-Cuban Congolese and Franco-Haitian traditions. Join us for a celebration of Cuban culture and self-expression through rhythmic movements.

    This class will be led by Kati Hernandez - Cuban dance educator, movement coach, collaborator and guest artist of CONTRA-TIEMPO’s ¡azúcar!

    Downtown North: Cultural History and Heritage

    Celebrating the stories of immigrants who helped build New Haven and the impact of urban renewal.

    Voting Rights – Citywide Youth Coalition

    Ideas Unleashed

    Join us for an exciting community conversation hosted by the Citywide Youth Coalition Inc! We're diving into the topic of expanding voting rights to 16-year-olds for local state elections. Let's empower our youth with knowledge about civic engagement and voting practices. Together, we'll explore ways to invest in the next generation of voters and ensure they understand their rights and responsibilities. Get ready to engage, learn, and make a difference in our democratic process!

    Tai Chi with Shirley Chock

    Join us for a somatic mind body experience learning the ancient art of Tai Chi with "The Stressbender" Shifu Shirley Chock. Shirley's "stressbending" experiences lead participants in easy-to-follow movements that deeply connect your mind and body for a unique experience that refuels and recharges. Learn how to incorporate the Tai Chi philosophies of finding your center and maintaining balance amidst the pushes and pulls of constant change. Practice finding balance on your feet so you can maintain harmony in your life. Experience why over 200K follow Shirley on YouTube, Instagram and TikTok. The class is suitable for all ages and abilities.

    Tour of the Humanities Quadrangle

    Take a guided tour of the Humanities Quadrangle at Yale. The newly renovated 14-story building, formerly known as the Hall of Graduate Studies, recently began a new era for the Humanities at Yale. Renovations included the restoration of the historic painted plaster ceiling located in the common room of the former McDougal Center and a new lower level, which required digging down 30 feet into the courtyard’s existing foundation below the existing water table.

    Indigenous Cooking with Sherry Pocknett

    Treat yourself to a one-of-a-kind culinary adventure with Chef Sherry Pocknett, a true pioneer and recipient of the prestigious James Beard award for the Best Chef in the Northeastern United States and the first Indigenous woman to win the award! Join us for an interactive session featuring Chef Pocknett's captivating stories and live cooking demonstration. Discover the rich heritage of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe while savoring the flavors of seasonal bounty with her delicious corn cakes and cranberry strawberry chutney. And don't miss your chance to be one of the lucky six to join in the cooking fun!

    A Night of Poet Laureates

    Get ready to be swept away at "A Night of Poet Laureates"! Join us for an electrifying evening filled with the power of words as three Connecticut poet laureates grace the stage with their mesmerizing performances. Feel the rhythm, hear the stories, and immerse yourself in the vibrant world of contemporary spoken word art. Let's celebrate the diverse voices that make the Connecticut landscape so rich and dynamic. Don't miss out on this unforgettable showcase of talent and expression! Featuring CT state poet laureate Antoinette Brim Bell, New Haven poet laureate Sharmont Influence-Little and Hartford poet laureate emeritus Frederick-Douglass Knoweles II.

    Outer Island Family Day

    Capture small invasive crabs, observe herons, drag a net to collect small bait fish and algae, become a marine citizen scientist and so much more as you discover this island Refuge in Stony Creek. Must be ages 6+ to participate.

    Migrating Souls

    Use spoken word to challenge and love an ancestor you carry with you. Aaron Jafferis messes with the space-time continuum in an attempt to hear what - if anything - he and his ancestors have to say to each other. Hear an excerpt from the resulting work-in-progress (a collaboration with Dahlak Brathwaite and Daniel Bernard Roumain), then create your own.

    CONTRA-TIEMPO: Community “Get Down”

    A joyous community dance jam where dancers lead participants in various Afro-Latin and urban forms, salsa, rumba, samba and hip-hop grooves. Together we embody joy as a tool to build community. Appropriate for all ages. No prior dance knowledge necessary.

    Ely Center of Contemporary Art

    Learn about the history of ECOCA (Ely Center of Contemporary Art) at 51 Trumbull Street in New Haven. Situated within an English Elizabethan style house built in 1902 by S. G. Taylor, ECOCA was home to John Slade Ely (1860-1906) and his wife, Grace Taylor Ely, who came to New Haven in 1897. Now it is one of New Haven’s premier contemporary art spaces, with a constant rotation of thought provoking and innovative art from local and national artists.

    A Long Table at Gioia

    Join us for a delightful evening at Gioia's on Wooster St., where joy (or "gioia" in Italian) awaits! Savor a complimentary Arts & Ideas inspired Specialty Cocktail as you mingle during our cocktail reception in the market area. Don't miss Chef Avi's inspiring talk about the restaurant's origins and inspirations, adding an extra sprinkle of delight to this joy-filled gathering. Then, indulge in a family-style dinner service, where flavors and laughter abound. Come share the joy with us. This dinner is timed so that guests can enjoy the Samara Joy concert at College Street Music Hall following.

    The Sound of Music in New Haven

    New Haven has a diversity of music options available, and some of them are free. Ride with your hosts as they introduce you to some unusual but uniquely New Haven sounds.

    Live Broadcast of CT Mirror’s “In The Room” with Erick Russell

    Ideas Unleashed

    Enjoy an unforgettable evening with John Dankosky, CT Mirror's Director of Events, and Erick Russell, Connecticut’s 84th State Treasurer! With John's charm and expertise as a renowned radio personality and moderator, and Erick's historic achievement as the first Black LGBTQ person elected to statewide office, get ready for an engaging and inspiring discussion.

    Samara Joy

    Soulful Jazz

    Come be swept away by the soulful sounds of two time GRAMMY Award-winning jazz vocalist, Samara Joy. Still in her early 20’s, Samara’s soulful voice channels the essence of jazz legends like Sarah, Ella, and Billie, creating a fusion of classic vibes and contemporary flair. Join us for an unforgettable journey through the golden age of jazz, as Samara transports us with her timeless melodies and heartfelt lyrics. Don’t miss this opportunity to see this rising star of the jazz world - Samara Joy!

    A Taste of Westville

    Join us for a delectable dining adventure exploring two Westville culinary gems: Manjares and Pistachio! Begin at Manjares, where Chef Ana dazzles with her mastery of Latin American cuisine, from mouthwatering pastries to contemporary delicacies. Then, follow Lizzy Donius from the Westville Village Renaissance to Pistachio for a delightful finish with coffee, tea, and scrumptious treats. Indulge in authentic flavors and warm hospitality on this fun-filled foodie journey through Westville.

    Stir The Style: Destination New Haven

    Join us for "Stir the Style – Destination New Haven" It's not just a storytelling event; it's a passport to adventure! Delve into a whirlwind of tales as we explore the diverse paths that led people to our vibrant city. From heartfelt memoirs to hilarious escapades, our storytellers will transport you through time and space using a variety of different storytelling genres. Get ready for an evening filled with laughter, tears, and endless inspiration. Don't miss out on this unforgettable journey!

    Luca Ciarla solOrkestra

    Italian Folk

    Dive into a mesmerizing musical journey with Italian violinist Luca Ciarla! Using a loop pedal, his voice, and even toy instruments, Luca creates a unique blend of sounds and rhythms. Watch as he transforms his violin into a guitar, cello, or percussion, weaving a tapestry of melodies that transport audiences to the Mediterranean. From traditional Italian folk tunes to original compositions, Luca’s performance is a dazzling solOrkestra of innovation and charm. Don’t miss this magical acoustic seduction.

    Caro Pierotto

    Brazilian Bossa Nova

    Prepare to be swept away by the mesmerizing melodies of GRAMMY Award-nominee Caro Pierotto and her all-star Brazilian band! From the moment she strikes her first note, Caro’s vintage voice captivates audiences, singing originals and covers in Portuguese, Spanish, and English. With a repertoire spanning samba, reggae, pop, and soul, she defies musical labels, spreading love, hope, and healing wherever her music takes her. Join us for an unforgettable journey filled with joy, rhythm, and soulful expression!

    CAES: The Nation's Oldest Agricultural Experiment Station

    Get to know the CAES through this guided tour of the grounds and explore this renowned Laboratory! The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES), established in 1875, is the first agricultural experiment station in the United States. The main mission of the CAES is research. The CAES programs exist to educate the public and to transfer new findings to people trying to solve agricultural, public health, and environmental problems. If love science and learning, this is the tour for you!

    Changemakers: Ana María Álvarez & Aaron Jafferis

    Ideas Unleashed

    Join us for an exciting conversation with Ana María Álvarez, Founding Artistic Director of CONTRA-TIEMPO, and Aaron Jafferis, hip-hop poet and playwright, as they delve into the intersection of art and activism. Discover the power of using your creativity as a tool for social change and empowerment. With lively discussion and inspiring insights, this event promises to ignite your passion and spark new ideas.

    Nino Ciampa and the Hartt Salsa All-Stars

    Nino Ciampa and the Hartt Salsa All-Stars are the first ensemble from the University of Hartford to be devoted exclusively to New York-style salsa music. Nino Ciampa, 19-year-old Boston native of Italian and Cuban descent, serves as the group's bandleader and arranger who also sings and plays percussion for the group. We have performed various times on campus as well as in Willimantic, CT and Coventry, CT. We are eager to play more around the greater Hartford area sharing our danceable rhythms and infectious energy with the community.

    Dobet Gnahoré

    Afro Pop

    Get ready to be dazzled by the phenomenal talent of GRAMMY Award-winner Dobet Gnahoré! Hailing from Côte d’Ivoire, Dobet is a virtuosic singer, dancer, and percussionist who’s captured the world’s attention with her powerful stage presence and emotional vocal style. With her latest album, “Couleur,” she’s breaking boundaries, infusing modern Afropop with electrifying grooves and catchy hooks. Join us for an unforgettable experience filled with hope, positivity, and the vibrant rhythms of Africa!


    Activist Dance Theater

    Embark on a transformative journey through “¡Azúcar!” CONTRA-TIEMPO’s newest theatrical dance work leans into Celia Cruz’s music as inspiration and delivers explosive salsa dancing while taking us through a truly Caribbean narrative. ¡AZÚCAR! explores our complex relationship with sugar and is a celebration of ancestral wisdom, also serving as an exploration of Afro-Latiné ancestral movement. Conceived and directed by Ana María Álvarez, this immersive experience features a village of brilliant artists, including Afro-Cuban Master artist Kati Hernandez, who work together to confront the past, heal collectively, and celebrate the resilience of the human spirit.

    Riding on Mixed Surface

    New Haven has it's share of mixed surfaces often creating a challenge for even the most seasoned rider. Learn techniques from one of New Haven's most prolific riders and skilled educators on the subject.

    East Coast Greenway South

    Travel South on the East Coast Greenway to Silver Sands State Park in Milford. This section of the ECG incorporates the Vision Trail, the Harbor side trail, the Long Wharf Nature Preserve, and the Savin Rock Trail. A representative of ECG will lead the ride and provide information and background on the trails.

    Perspectives on Cultural Preservation

    Ideas Summit: Intersections in the Arts

    Sandy Grande, Professor of Native American and Indigenous Studies, and an additional panelist yet to be announced, share their different views on preserving cultures. They will discuss why it's important to protect our cultural identities as the world changes and why it's essential to save different cultural traditions for the people who come after us.

    Tour of Amistad: Retold at the New Haven Museum

    Join a tour to view the New Haven Museum’s updated exhibition Amistad: Retold. The exhibition centers the experiences of the Amistad rebels and their collective action to determine their own lives. It also has a local focus on New Haven as the site of their incarceration and abolitionist organizing leading to the landmark Supreme Court decision. On display are historic and contemporary artistic representations of Amistad that convey the power of the arts to raise awareness and shape collective memory.

    WORKSHOP: Midnight Oil Collective: Breaking Barriers: Transforming the Starving Artist Myth into Sustainable Creativity

    Ideas Summit: Intersections in the Arts

    Artists are passionate catalysts for change, envisioning a world transformed for the better through the power of art. Yet, they often face a persistent struggle: the dream of art inspiring change versus the systemic barriers of scarcity of funding, resources, and support. This tension stifles their creative potential and their role in driving societal progress.

    Freedom of Expression

    Ideas Summit: Intersections in the Arts

    Get ready to be inspired by an important talk about the culture wars happening in the United States focusing on how more and more books are being banned and restricted. Find out about the problems librarians and teachers have to deal with as they try to handle these tricky issues. Delve into the importance of intellectual freedom and the role of education in fostering diverse perspectives. Learn about how to make sure everyone can get information and keep schools' fair.

    Clue Remastered

    This isn't Colonial Mustard's Clue. Prepare yourself for Clue by bike with notable New Haven characters. Prizes will be awarded.

    TRANSforming Shakespeare

    Ideas Summit: Intersections in the Arts

    Discover the transformative power of creative casting in "TRANSforming Shakespeare." In a rapidly evolving world, delve into how gender concepts shape our interpretations of Shakespearean tales. Join Jennifer Lanier from the Original Practice Shakespeare Festival, alongside esteemed guests to soon be announced, as they explore the dynamic intersection of gender representation and theatrical storytelling. Don't miss this discussion on how diverse casting enhances our understanding and appreciation of Shakespeare's timeless works.

    Elm Shakespeare’s Building a Brave New Theatre 2024

    Elm Shakespeare’s annual discussion and performance series interrogates how Shakespeare serves the 21st Century and amplifies innovative and marginalized artistic voices. This year the series focuses on exploring Gender through Shakespeare. The Festival is thrilled to partner with Elm Shakespeare to present one event in this series as part of the Festival’s June 29 Ideas Summit: Intersections in the Arts. TRANSforming Shakespeare: How Creative Casting Makes Better Plays



    Step into a world of creativity and reflection with NXTHVN's 2023-2024 Apprentices as they proudly present "Legacy: What Does it Mean to You?" This dynamic exhibition, housed in the mobile art museum cARTie, showcases original artworks exploring the concept of legacy. From the vibrant pieces by NXTHVN's High School Apprentices to the heartfelt creations by residents of the Hannah Gray Home, prepare to be inspired and moved.

    Fair Haven Public Art and Food Tour

    Join us on June 29th for a 2.5-mile walking tour through the colorful public art of our beloved Fair Haven community! Embark on a journey of discovery as we explore vibrant murals and installations while indulging in delicious tastes along the way. Don't miss out on the chance to savor Fair Haven Oyster's delectable offerings and quench your thirst with refreshing brews from Armada Brewing. Let's walk, talk, and celebrate art and community together!

    Turning to the Humanities in Challenging Times with Shelly Lowe and Jason Mancini

    Ideas Summit: Intersections in the Arts

    Shelly C. Lowe (Navajo), Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Jason Mancini, Executive Director of Connecticut Humanities, will discuss the  critical role the humanities play in tackling society’s toughest contemporary challenges. Chair Lowe will highlight new National Endowment for the Humanities initiatives that respond to some of the most pressing issues of our time:  strengthening our democracy, advancing equity for all, and addressing our changing climate.

    Caribbean Festival

    The New Haven Caribbean Heritage Festival is a vibrant celebration that honors the rich cultural contributions of the Caribbean Diaspora in New England. Enjoy captivating performances that showcase the heart and soul of Caribbean music, dance, and artistry. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Caribbean through colorful displays that represent various island nations. The festival is an all-ages affair, fostering a sense of community and togetherness. Indulge in Caribbean culinary delights, from jerk chicken to plantains, and grapenut to rum and raisin ice cream.

    30th Anniversary Gala

    Join us in officially kicking off our 30th Anniversary! It’s time to celebrate three decades of art, ideas, innovation, and inspiration. Full invitation and more information to come soon.