Participate: Career Pathway


New Haven public school sophomores and juniors! Become a Fellow and experience Arts & Ideas programming at the highest level during weekly classes, January to June, that grow critical and creative thinking, communication, and expression.


Arts & Ideas accepts intern applications year-round, welcoming high school students to gain real-world work experience working with a fast-paced, multi-faceted arts organization.


College students and/or recent graduates get behind-the-scenes experience working for our critically acclaimed Festival, and gain real-world, hands-on professional training.

Seasonal Jobs

Work with us during the Festival! Watch the website for seasonal position postings. Positions for each June’s Festival are posted in the winter prior to the Festival.

PARTNER: Community Collaborators

Volunteer Program

For two weeks each June and throughout the year, 300+ volunteers from greater New Haven bring the Festival to life. With more than 80% of our events being free, we rely on the passionate and committed support of our community members. Volunteer today!

Pop-Up Festival Steering Committees

One-day pop-up celebrations in New Haven’s historic and culturally rich neighborhoods lead up to our festival downtown. Join a neighborhood steering committee and help invigorate your community!


Our most dedicated community supporters and advisors help us grow our programs, facilitate community conversations, and invite new audiences to participate in the Festival downtown.

If you are interested in participating as an Ambassador, please contact Sarah Sherban, Louise Endel Community Engagement Manager (203) 498-3744,


Arts & Ideas relies on local and regional partner organizations to help bring people together and provide the most enriching and exciting opportunities to our community.

If you are interested in participating as a Community Partner, please contact Sarah Sherban, Louise Endel Community Engagement Manager (203) 498-3744,

Perform: Dive In!

Artist Opportunities: Outdoor Stages

Artists may submit performance proposals for inclusion in the 2018 Festival. All performances will be booked on one of the Festival’s outdoor stages located on the New Haven Green. (Headline and main stage events are curated separately by Festival staff.)

Modest performance fees are available, however, these opportunities are typically best suited to performers who reside in and around Connecticut and the Northeast Corridor as we do not offer transportation or accommodations to artists for these programs. Festival performance dates are June 9-22.

NEA Big Read: Citywide Events

An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. The 2018 Big Read centers on Claudia Rankine's book "Citizen," with related free events offered throughout Greater New Haven.

Artist Opportunities: Altar'd Spaces

Altar’d Spaces is a performance series that takes place in New Haven’s historic churches and showcases the talent of our region. It combines the resources of three partners – the artists, the Festival, and the church venues – and introduces new audiences to all three. Each partner shares in marketing and production responsibilities as well as ticket sales earnings!

We welcome submissions from all performing disciplines including music, theater, dance, and storytelling by November 30, 2017. See application for details.

Global Sounds

This pilot program brings six weeks of international music listening to elementary school students, played over the school intercom at the start of the day to the entire student body, as part of morning announcements. It's a wonderful way to begin the day—with a musical spark of inspiration that sets students up for success.