Join Our Community

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.


Perform With Us

Outdoor Stages: Submissions for the 2019 Downtown Festival are closed. Please check back for 2020 Festival submissions. 

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 2019 Neighborhood Festivals are closed. Please check back for 2020 Festival submissions. 


Work With Us

EMPLOYMENT: No positions available at this time. Check back soon!

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. Learn More > 

VOLUNTEERS: Volunteers are the lifeblood of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas. For two weeks in June and throughout the year, over 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 to help us. 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! Watch our 2019 Volunteer Salute Video on the Festival Blog! Learn More >

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. If you are interested in participating as an Ambassador, please contact our Community Engagement Manager Aleta Staton at astaton@artidea.org or (203) 498-3744.

FELLOWS: The International Festival of Arts and 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 develop students’ skills in communication and critical thinking by immersing them in all aspects of the Festival: performances, lectures, community engagement, production, and management. Learn More > 


Community Partners

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 our Community Engagement Manager Aleta Staton at astaton@artidea.org or (203) 498-3744. Learn More >


Neighborhood Festivals

Lively one-day neighborhood Festivals—HillFest, Fair Haven Neighborhood Festival, and Dixwell Neighborhood Festival—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 >

Join a neighborhood steering committee >

Volunteer for a neighborhood festival >


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 2020 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. Check back for the 2020 selection to be announced in September 2019. Learn More >

If your organization would like take part in the 2020 Big Read, please Submit an Event Here >


Vendors

The Festival seeks licensed food and non food (pedlar/hawker) vendors for our Neighborhood Festivals, weekend activities and Headline Concerts, and NEW THIS YEAR Friday night concerts. We will select a roster of vendors to provide a diversity of choices and serve a broad range of tastes. Food and craft vendor applications are closed. Please check back for 2020 Festival applications.


Other 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.

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 contact our Community Engagement Manager Aleta Staton at astaton@artidea.org or (203) 498-3744.

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.

NEW HAVEN DAY: We solicit vendors and community organizations to set up a tables on New Haven Day on the New Haven Green, please contact our Community Engagement Manager Aleta Staton at astaton@artidea.org or (203) 498-3744.