Create a Neighborhood Festival

Photo by Lucy Gellman

What are the Neighborhood Festivals?

Lively neighborhood festivals take place each year just prior to the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in downtown New Haven. Neighborhood Festival Committees, local arts and business partners, and Festival staff and volunteers present local talent, family activities, and vendors in New Haven’s historic and culturally rich neighborhoods. The International Festival of Arts & Ideas will support a new Neighborhood Festival in 2021.


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

  1. Proposal should include the names of at least 10 Host Committee Members (Planning Team)
    a. Co/Chairs (2)
    b. Residents
    c. Neighborhood Organization Members/Leaders
    d. Artists/Performers
  2. Proposal should include suggestions for physical site (Where would your festival be held?) such as a school, a public park, or an empty, cleared lot.
  3. Proposal should include ways in which festival would benefit your community
  4. Proposal should include the name of the neighborhood’s Aldermanic representative
  5. Proposal should include the statement that the Host Committee is prepared to apply for New Haven Neighborhood Vitality Grant for future years.

Interested Neighborhood groups are encouraged to get involved now. Interested neighborhoods are strongly encouraged to attend one of the two Neighborhood Festivals in 2020 (HillFest on May 30 or Dixwell on June 6). Please call Aleta Staton at 203.498.3744 or email to begin the process. Full proposals are expected by July 15, 2020, after which a team comprised of board, staff and existing committee members from other neighborhood festivals will review and submit recommendations for the 2021 selection.


To Respond

Attached form should be submitted by mail/email to:
Aleta Staton, Louise Endel Community Engagement Manager
International Festival of Arts & Ideas
195 Church Street, 12th Floor
New Haven, CT 06510

The International Festival of Arts & Ideas was founded in 1996 by Anne Calabresi, Jean Handley and Roslyn Meyer with a mission to create an internationally renowned festival in New Haven of the highest quality, with world-class artists, thinkers and leaders, attracting and engaging a broad and diverse audience, celebrating and building community, and advancing economic development.