Create a Neighborhood Festival

Photo by Lucy Gellman

Are you proud of your community, neighbors, local businesses, and leadership? Are you looking for a family-friendly event? Does your community need programming that brings everyone together? Each year, the International Festival of Arts & Ideas supports local Neighborhood Festivals just prior to our two-week Festival in downtown New Haven. These one-day events feature local talent, family activities, and vendors in New Haven’s historic and culturally rich neighborhoods. This year, we're seeking a neighborhood interested in developing a festival to reflect their unique community. You bring the ideas, talent, and vision—and we'll help put on the festival in May 2020.


Consideration for support of a Neighborhood Festival will go to those proposals who meet the following requirements:

  • The festival will take place in May 2020
  • Identify 2 Committee Co-Chairs
  • Identify at least 8 Host Committee Members to serve as your planning team (include contact information); these could include residents, local leaders, artists and performers
  • Up to 3 suggestions for the festival site; examples include: school, public park, empty (cleared) lot
  • Reasons a Neighborhood Festival would benefit your community
  • Name of your Aldermanic representative
  • Host Committee should be prepared to apply for New Haven Neighborhood Vitality Grant for future years
  • Commit to a Committee training period that will begin in February of 2020, as well as ensuing planning meetings


Download the application here >

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Application Deadline

Friday, January 10, 2020

Respondents will be notified of their status by Friday, January 24, 2020.

Proposals will be reviewed by a selection committee comprised of staff, board and community.

To Apply

Send application by mail to:
Aleta Staton, Louise Endel Community Engagement Manager
International Festival of Arts & Ideas
195 Church Street, 12th Floor
New Haven, CT 06510

Or by email to: