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The Festival celebrates and embraces the distinct cultures, voices, and big ideas of our home town of New Haven. Our community makes us what we are—from our amazing volunteers and community ambassadors to local artists to our annual neighborhood festivals, we love connecting with our neighbors to create a Festival that belongs to us all.
Work With Us
EMPLOYMENT: Check out our job postings
INTERNSHIPS: Arts & Ideas accepts intern applications year-round, welcoming high school and college students to gain real-world work experience working with a fast-paced, multi-faceted arts organization. Please check back for opportunities.
VOLUNTEERS: Volunteers are the lifeblood of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas. For two weeks in June and throughout the year, more than 300 volunteers from the greater New Haven region and beyond bring the Festival to life. As 85% of our events are free to the public, we rely on the passion, commitment, and support of community members. Volunteer today! Please check back for opportunities.
AMBASSADORS: 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. Please check back for opportunities.
FELLOWS: The International Festival of Arts & Ideas Fellowship Program offers qualified New Haven public school sophomores and juniors a unique, fully-funded opportunity to learn about the arts. The Fellowship Program is a semester-long college-level course designed to help students develop skills in communication and critical thinking by immersing them in all aspects of the Festival: performances, lectures, community engagement, production, and management. Learn more >
We are now accepting applications to vend at the 2021 Festival beginning June 18. We require all food vendors to hold a current Food Vendor License from the City of New Haven. We require all craft/non food vendors to hold a current Peddler/Hawker License from the City of New Haven OR to have a valid Photo ID, a CT Sales tax number and proof of Comprehensive General Liability Insurance.
Information on licensing can be obtained from:
New Haven Department of Buildings & Permits
200 Orange Street, Fifth Floor
New Haven CT 06510
(203) 946 8388
Lively one-day neighborhood Festivals take place each year just prior to the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in downtown New Haven. Community Steering Committees, local arts and business partners, and Festival staff and volunteers host local talent, family activities, and vendors in New Haven’s historic and culturally rich neighborhoods. Learn More
Perform With Us
OUTDOOR STAGES: The International Festival of Arts & Ideas offers a number of opportunities for local and regional performers on our stages. All performances are 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.
Our 2021 program is complete. Please check back in November for 2022 opportunities.
NEIGHBORHOOD FESTIVALS: Lively one-day Neighborhood Festivals take place each year just prior to the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in downtown New Haven. Community Steering Committees, local arts and business partners, and Festival staff and volunteers host local talent, family activities, and vendors in New Haven's historic and culturally rich neighborhoods. Submissions for the 2020 Neighborhood Festivals are closed. Please check back for 2021 Festival submissions.
ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Connect with Creative Ground, an initiative from the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) that connects New England presenters and artists with one another and with opportunities to perform or present. Learn more
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. Please check back for opportunities.
NEA Big Read
Arts & Ideas partners with NEA Big Read to host a series of community events focused on a single book as a point of departure for conversations throughout New Haven. As part of the 2021 Festival, Arts & Ideas will partner with the community to create free events highlighting the book's themes; past events have included book club discussions, panel discussions, lectures, exhibitions, and poetry readings. 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. Please check back for opportunities.
Unlike some county fairs or festivals, we don't offer booths or other tables for organizations to distribute literature to our audiences, but here are other opportunities to consider:
LITERATURE: Festival performers and teaching artists are welcome to pass out literature. October or November is the best time to submit applications. Please check back for opportunities.
SPONSORS: Sponsors (there are a number of sponsorship levels) receive visibility benefits and might choose to display literature; as one part of their benefits package. Learn More
CONTENT PARTNERSHIPS: The Festival develops content partnerships with organizations and individuals to provide activities at the Festival. Please check back for opportunities.
TABLES AT NEIGHBORHOOD FESTIVALS: Lively one-day Neighborhood Festivals take place each year just prior to the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in downtown New Haven. Community organizations can set up tables at of any or all three of the Neighborhood Festivals. Please check back for opportunities.
NEW HAVEN DAY: We solicit vendors and community organizations to set up a tables on New Haven Day on the New Haven Green. Please check back for opportunities.