New Haven International Festival of Arts & Ideas
195 Church Street
12th Floor
New Haven CT 06510-4012
Contact Information
Address 195 Church Street
12th Floor
New Haven, CT 06510-4012
Telephone (203) 498-1212 x
Fax 203-498-2106
E-mail tgriggs@artidea.org
Web and Social Media
Mission

The mission of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas is 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.

 
About the Festival

For more than two decades, the Festival has delighted audiences with an outstanding mix of entertaining and inspiring programs. Internationally acclaimed dance, an eclectic array of world-class musicians, breathtaking circus, ground-breaking theatre and engaging speakers define the Festival as our region’s premier arts and culture destination.

Each year we welcome artists and speakers from all over the world - The Wailers, Lila Downs, Julia Wolfe, Siti Company and Bang On A Can All-Stars, Darlene Love, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, The National Theatre of Scotland, Wendy Whelan and Brian Brooks with Brooklyn Rider, Red Baraat, Maria Schneider Orchestra, Taylor Mac, Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, and Pico Iyer have all shared their talents and ideas. New Haven’s historic downtown and the Yale University campus form the perfect backdrop for this highly accessible, international event.

 
Inclusivity

Key to the Festival’s success is keeping the majority of its programs available to public, regardless of individual income levels. The Festival offers 80% of its hundreds of performances free to the public and promotes diversity through programming that connects audiences across generations, continents, and cultures.

 

Engagement

The Festival’s community engagement programs include the Festival Fellowship Program for under-served youth, which immerses high school sophomores and juniors in an eight-month, intensive, arts-based leadership program and neighborhood-based festivals, which celebrate historically isolated and economically challenged New Haven neighborhoods. The Festival is dedicated to the presentation of arts performances and context-building events that resonate with our communities and engage the big ideas of our times.

At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1996
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director - -
Board Chair Mr. Gordon Geballe
Board Chair Company Affiliation School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale University
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
Mission

The mission of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas is 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.

 
About the Festival

For more than two decades, the Festival has delighted audiences with an outstanding mix of entertaining and inspiring programs. Internationally acclaimed dance, an eclectic array of world-class musicians, breathtaking circus, ground-breaking theatre and engaging speakers define the Festival as our region’s premier arts and culture destination.

Each year we welcome artists and speakers from all over the world - The Wailers, Lila Downs, Julia Wolfe, Siti Company and Bang On A Can All-Stars, Darlene Love, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, The National Theatre of Scotland, Wendy Whelan and Brian Brooks with Brooklyn Rider, Red Baraat, Maria Schneider Orchestra, Taylor Mac, Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, and Pico Iyer have all shared their talents and ideas. New Haven’s historic downtown and the Yale University campus form the perfect backdrop for this highly accessible, international event.

 
Inclusivity

Key to the Festival’s success is keeping the majority of its programs available to public, regardless of individual income levels. The Festival offers 80% of its hundreds of performances free to the public and promotes diversity through programming that connects audiences across generations, continents, and cultures.

 

Engagement

The Festival’s community engagement programs include the Festival Fellowship Program for under-served youth, which immerses high school sophomores and juniors in an eight-month, intensive, arts-based leadership program and neighborhood-based festivals, which celebrate historically isolated and economically challenged New Haven neighborhoods. The Festival is dedicated to the presentation of arts performances and context-building events that resonate with our communities and engage the big ideas of our times.

Background

The International Festival of Arts & Ideas was established in 1996 by Anne Calabresi, Jean Handley, and Roslyn Meyer. The founders envisioned an annual celebration in New Haven - a small city rich with diversity and steeped in strong cultural and educational traditions - distinguished from established arts festivals by its fusion of ideas events. Their aim was to gather world-class artists and preeminent thinkers from around the globe, showcasing the robust local talent, historical significance and strong neighborhoods of the city and the state as a major arts destination.

The Festival is now firmly established as one of the world's most significant arts festivals. It has the distinction of fusing arts and ideas programs to present a broad array of offerings across genres. The Festival showcases hundreds of events each summer, many of them international, with an impressive scale and scope unmatched in the region. We have also sought to become leaders in efforts to break barriers to access and fully engage our hometown community in the joy and contemplation of the arts.

The Festival has presented dozens of U.S. premieres. Dynamic new artists from all corners of the Earth are invited to share their unique talents and world views, reflective of the Festival's signature inclination for brilliance, controversy, social cohesion, and fun. In 2018 we are looking forward to a renewed commitment to the commissioning and development of new work, expanded neighborhood festivals, and a continued commitment to growing our burgeoning Ambassador program.

 

Impact

Festival Goals

The Festival’s overall goals are to present a world-class performing arts Festival; engage diverse groups of people; create economic and social vibrancy through targeted community programs and shared celebratory experiences; be true and authentic to our region by programming culturally relevant artists; and improve cultural and international understanding.

 
 
Festival Accomplishments 

Extraordinary: Each year Festival programming includes more than 200 events, of which at least 80% are free, and attracting an audience of more than 100,000 from across the country and across the world.

Free: The most recognizable events are the Festival’s outdoor activities on the historic New Haven Green. Concerts, acrobats, family shows, walking tours, kids crafts, bike rides, dance workshops - ALL FREE - are enjoyed by thousands of Connecticut families. The Festival is a summer tradition with multiple generations gathering on the New Haven Green throughout the month of June. 

Vibrant: Each year the Festival creates millions of dollars in economic impact for our state; hires 200+ seasonal workers, and generates 700+ hotels stays. On average, more than 60% of the Festival's artists and speakers are from Connecticut. The Festival introduces audiences to the history, natural beauty and extraordinary cultural life of our region. In 2014, CNN named the Festival the top tourist destination in our state. The Festival and its community engagement programs bring vibrancy to our region socially and economically making it a more desirable place in which to live and work. 

Diversity that Reflects Our Region: The Festival continues to strive to attract an audience that reflects the diversity of our amazing home town through culturally-relevant programming, our burgeoning ambassador program, and neighborhood-based festivals. Our 2017 Festival attracted a geographically, economically, and ethnically diverse audience, with participants from every Connecticut County, more than a dozen U.S. states, and many countries.

Needs

The Festival is uniquely positioned to create creative opportunities that add to the vitality and economic stability of our region. The majority of our programs are free. While state and municipal officials recognize the impact of the Festival on our region’s cultural and economic vitality and have authorized significant public funding since our inception, we join other non-profits in facing reductions and a looming threat of our public funding being near-eliminated. To achieve its goals and safeguard the future, the Festival must increase the total amount of contributed income from individuals. The Festival has built a working capital reserve, which gives it the ability to self-finance operations and occasionally fund deficits.

 

The Festival generates millions of dollars in annual economic activity and it attracts direct investments from foreign arts councils who send dollars into Connecticut with their artists. Moreover, without fail, it has brought the community together in both good and bad times to bring joy out of our shared humanity. 

CEO Statement

For 21 years, the Festival has addressed a fundamental need for a new model of local and international engagement. By leveraging local organizational artistic talent and adding American and international artists of global stature, the Festival creates a synergy of creativity and discourse that sparks new ideas, partnerships and a renewed sense of optimism. The Festival is an important source of economic and community revitalization and a source of pride and joy for over 100,000 annual attendees.

As philanthropic priorities have shifted, most noticeably in the business community, there has been pressure to prioritize institutional and individual funding for basic needs and education. The challenge we now face is how to continue to articulate the intrinsic value of the arts, while at the same time demonstrating the impact of the arts on community well being. This impact includes, among many other things, the Festival’s economic impact, the Festival’s role as a builder of bridges between neighborhoods, populations and cultures, the Festival’s leadership in community coalitions, the bringing of external funding to the city from national and international funders, and the Festival’s role as a broker of relationships with artists and public officials from other countries. Through engagement with the arts, the Festival improves individual and community well being, creates jobs and increases community vibrancy.

At this point in our history, the Festival has an extraordinary portfolio of artists and we have reached hundreds of thousands of people and lifted the spirits, self-esteem and dreams of a community. Together we form a global stage where regional and international artists can share the spotlight and we can all move forward together.

Board Chair Statement
As I look at the vast, complex array of Festival programs, I see them all pointing to the Festival’s long-term vision: a flourishing city and state in which a Festival of arts and ideas plays a vital role in enriching lives and leading people to understand how their futures are intertwined. The Festival’s role in achieving this vision is most clear to me during our free programming on the New Haven Green. The thousands that gather are a microcosm of our local community, our region, and our state. These shared experiences lead to a shared sense of identity and help create the communal spirit necessary to move forward together.   
 
Our greatest challenge is to increase our contributed income to keep all of the Festival's programs available and accessible.  The current Board is addressing this challenge head-on.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Arts & Culture
Secondary Organization Category Community Improvement, Capacity Building /
Tertiary Organization Category Youth Development /
Areas Served
Ansonia
Bethany
Branford
Cheshire
Derby
East Haven
Guilford
Hamden
Lower Naugatuck Valley
Madison
Milford
New Haven
North Branford
North Haven
Orange
Oxford
Seymour
Shelton
Shoreline
State wide
Wallingford
West Haven
Woodbridge
National
International
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Festival 22 comes of age with a firm position on the world stage and deep roots in our community. We are recognized leaders in our field. From Taipei to Bogotá, we have presented programming ideas at forums and festivals, expanding our impact around the world. The Festival enjoys national and international media attention.

The Festival is advertised through extensive marketing programs that include digital media and print media like brochures, post cards, and mini-calendars. Print ads are run in  major publications  and radio spots run on WSHU, WNPR, and WPKN. Billboard advertising appears on the I-95 corridor and in Shoreline East trains. In addition, each production receives targeted community programs and events designed to generate interest and provide numerous points of entry for our audiences.  

The International Festival of Arts & Ideas strives to acknowledge and publicize the incredible generosity of its sponsors through printed media, our website, and other forms of marketing and recognition. We welcome the opportunity to work with Corporations, Foundations and individuals on ways to deepen their involvement.

Programs
Description

The Festival’s most recognizable events are the outdoor activities on the historic New Haven Green. Headline Concerts attract thousands of spectators. In 2017 artists have included Rusted Root and the Wailers, TROKER + Fulaso, Jimmy Greene and the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, and GospelFest. The Green keeps hopping throughout the Festival with afternoon and early evening performance by regional musicians and dance companies. The family fun continues with Green Shows that feature world-class acrobats; interactive storytelling, dance and music performances for families; kids crafts; dance workshops; and a pizza festival! As if this wasn’t enough, there are over 20 guided walking tours and 14 bike rides that combine healthy exercise with presentations on public art, history, renewable energy, gardens, greenhouses, parks and waterways.

Population Served General/Unspecified / General/Unspecified / General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
The Festival's free headliner concerts are successful if we have a large, racially, ethnically, and economically diverse audience in attendance.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
The Festival's long-term goal for our headliner concerts is to bring the people of our region together to share experiences across racial, ethnic, and economic boundaries. Ultimate success will be when the diverse make-up of the audience matches the diversity of our region and people understand from these experiences how they are connected with one another. 
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Each year professor Mark Gius of Quinnipiac University conducts an Economic Impact Study for the Festival.  Data are gathered through random survy at Festival events. Data about race, ethnicity, gender, and income are collected in these surveys. 
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

 

The 2017 Festival kicked off with a dance lesson and followed by performances from Fulaso and Troker. The first day was covered by the New Haven Independent (excerpted below)—

“[Concert-goer] Wacker soaked in the directions from the front of the stage. She said she doesn’t like dancing, but wouldn’t have skipped the event even if it had rained all Saturday afternoon. Joining hands with [daughters] Stella and Luna, she stepped from side to side, applauding as Stella worked in an impromptu spin. […]

“I want to teach them that it doesn’t matter if you’re good or bad or you suck, you just gotta enjoy it,” Wacker said, unbuckling the black straps on her sandals as she spoke. “I can’t wear these, I wanna dance!” she said as music bubbled up for the next song.”

“[Fulaso frontwoman Erica] Ramos’s banter in between songs was almost as entertaining as the songs themselves. To introduce a song about, yes, bodega cats, she began: “I haven’t been to a lot of corner stores in Connecticut, but I was wondering if they have cats in them.”

“Yeah! Yeah!” someone yelled from the front of the crowd. By then…Ramos had her audience in the palm of her hand.

[…]

If Fulaso kept the crowd on the Green through tight musicianship and exuberant showmanship, headliner Troker, from Mexico, kept them there through sheer musical inventiveness. Leonel Nájera, the band’s DJ, started on stage alone, crafting a frantic, menacing march that brought Samuel González on bass, Christian Jiménez on keys, and Juan Carlos Mares on drums to their stations to join him. They turned it into jazzy funk, augmented by Isaías Flores on trumpet and Diego Franco Chico on sax, until they were creating a sound that rolled funk, out jazz, hard rock, hip hop, prog, and in time, a touch of Latin music, into a heady stew that didn’t so much entertain as transfix."

Description

The Festival offers unparalleled opportunity for our audiences to see the finest in performing arts from around the nation and the world. Art forms include theater, music, dance and special food events! These experiences take place in traditional theater spaces, concert halls, restaurants, and nearby farms. At the Festival, world-class art and culinary experiences are presented at modest ticket prices with numerous programs that provide free and discounted tickets to underserved demographics.

Population Served General/Unspecified / General/Unspecified / General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
Short-term success will be reflected in strong attendance at performances and statistical evidence from the annual Economic Impact Study of a positive economic impact on the region.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
A continued successful ticketed performance program will sustain New Haven's reputation as a "cultural capitol," where residents and visitors have the opportunity to see and engage some of the world's finest artists.  A successful ticketed performance program will contribute to a strong regional economy. We also look to see work that was commissioned by the Festival go on to great success worldwide, reflecting back on New Haven and the Festival as a cultural driver and creator of new artistic work.  
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
The success of the Festival's ticketed performance program is measured by attendance numbers, by critical review of the work, and by economic impact.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

Excerpt, New York Times review 6/24/2016 of Wendy Whelan's "Some of a Thousand Words," commissioned by the Festival:
 
"The only people onstage are Ms. Whelan, Mr. Brooks and, supplying the lush musical landscape, the members of the string quartet Brooklyn Rider. The work’s five sections — to music by Tyondai Braxton, John Luther Adams, Philip Glass and Brooklyn Rider’s Colin Jacobsen — culminate in “First Fall,” which has grown more daring and more refined since its “Restless” days, a thrilling finale. It’s the best thing about this project, too.

[...] After an opening solo for Ms. Whelan, her legs all slicing arcs and shooting vectors, Mr. Brooks joins her, and they explore simply swinging their arms atop various walking patterns, imbuing the exercise with Trisha Brownian ease. Their contrasting qualities of movement — Ms. Whelan’s angular alertness, Mr. Brooks’s rounder softness — keep it interesting.

Here and elsewhere, you can sense their minds at work, as if the choreography were still filtering from brain to body. In a section with two chairs, they play with chasing, catching, propelling and restraining each other, reflecting both the fragmentation and the flow of the music."

 
Description

The heart of the Ideas programs is a series of lectures and panel discussion on humanities themes relevant to our community and the performances presented at the Festival. Past speakers include Timothy Snyder, Taylor Mac and Bassem Youssef, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Majora Carter, Julia Wolfe, Pico Iyer, J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, Anne Bogart, and John Dankosky. Audience members can watch the talks live or LiveStream through Facebook. The Ideas Program also presents pre- and post-show conversations, workshops, and Ideas on Foot that increase the audience’s understanding of artistic forms, expand performance topics and enrich understanding of the big ideas shaping our world.

Population Served Adults / General/Unspecified / General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
The short-term success will be reflected in good attendance at the programs which are scheduled (i.e., good attendance confirms that these programs reflect concerns and interests of our community) and lively interaction at the Q&A sessions, book signings, and dialogues following the programs. 
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
The ultimate success of this program would be ongoing dialogue across commonly-accepted group boundaries about issues of importance to our community, our state, our nation, and the world.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
The success of the program is monitored by attendance figures, data from the Economic Impact Study about who attends the Ideas Programs, blog postings, and anecdotal reports. 
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
A blog comment on the panel "Return from the War Zone:" 

"I was greatly moved by this panel and have written about it on my blog. On the internet there are many stories about experiences in the military, but it is harder to find the success stories of those that have returned. I hope Col. Hoge’s book will encourage warriors to write about both sides of their experiences, as therapy and as role models for others. I received a comment from the child of a German WWII veteran on my blog, which reminds me that this isn’t only an American issue. Keep the dialog open and I look forward to more programs honoring our veterans in future festivals."

Description

Beginning five years ago as "Pop-Up Celebrations," our neighborhood-based festivals connect the Festival with New Haven's local leaders, providing communities with the tools and resources they need to plan and execute their own astounding events. These one-day festivals feature local music, theatre, poetry, walking tours, sports clinics and nutrition workshops. Programming is chosen by neighborhood residents via a steering committee. These events contribute to community health and vitality by expanding arts audiences, strengthening relationships between dispersed neighborhoods, creating partnerships across service organizations, revealing community resources, and bringing communities together in the name of fun. 

Population Served General/Unspecified / General/Unspecified /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
Participants will increase their knowledge of our community through exploration and will increase their knowledge and skill in the arts through direct engagement with visiting arts.  Regional artists will have new performing opportunities and exposure to a wider public. 
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
As the neighborhood steering committees grow in experience, we hope to see ongoing increased partnership and participation between the neighborhoods where these festivals are based and the Festival on the Green, reflected through increased economic and racial/ethnic diversity at the Festival's performances and ideas programming. As expressed by members of the steering committee, we would also like to see these festivals grow geographically within their neighborhoods and embrace the model of Arts & Ideas in a way that reflects the unique cultures and experiences of each neighborhood. 
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Program success is monitored by attendance at programs and the results of an in-person survey, as well as by reports from partner tour guides, artists, and participants. 
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
Excerpt from the New Haven Independent, June 6, 2016:
 
Dixwell Celebrates "Our" Community
 
[…]The festival offered non-stop activity, especially for young children and families, at tents featuring free art making, guided cooking with Kidz Kook, tennis demos by New HYTEs, and face painting with the Fun Bus. For young adults, the stage may have been the place to post up. [With] lyrics like “black lives still matter / like water is wet” from Teake’s “Om Poem,” it was clear that the event veteran’s words were still relevant. And after Teake’s set, one dynamic new act after another brought their own art into the mix. 
 
[…]
 
Dixwell community members’ attendance and help in producing the pop-up was one of the event’s key strengths. The pop-up “represents the community because the community is the ones putting it on,” said production staff member Terrence Dowdye. It boasted a number of coordinators and an army of volunteers and staff like Dowdye. 
 
[New Haven artists] are in contact but conduct their work in separate spaces. For [volunteer] Hanan Hameen, that made the Arts & Ideas pop-up “very important.” The event gave the groups a chance to come together and share their work with a broader audience. 
 
Description

The Festival’s Fellowship Program is an arts-based workforce and education program for low-income high school sophomores and juniors. The program begins in January with weekly seminars designed to improve oral and written communication skills using Festival performance programs and arts management as subjects for essays, presentations and creative expression. During the Festival, Fellows attend performances, write critical responses and interview artists and staff. Fellows have a 100% high school graduation rate and the majority go onto college after graduating. Through their achievements, Fellows spark positive changes in their families, schools and communities.  The Festival has worked with the New Haven Public Schools to align the curriculum with the Connecticut Core Standards and, thanks to a partnership with Gateway Community College, all Fellows receive four college credits upon completion of the program.

Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) / Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent / General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
The near-term success of this program is measured by improvement in the students' writing skills and increased knowledge about careers in the arts.  Graduating from the program, students receive four college credits which will encourage them to continue their studies. Next level success is represented by their staying in high school until they graduate and then moving on to higher education or entering the work force.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
This program will reach its ultimate goals when these students (at risk of dropping out of school because of economic and/or other factors) stay in high school, then continue on to higher education or the work force.  We hope that this exposure to non-profit management and arts administration will inspire some of them to expand their list of work and career options.  
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Writing skills, attendance, and participation are evaluated on a regular basis throughout the program. 
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
Ed Chase was a member of our original Fellowship cohort who is now a full-time staff member at the Festival. Below is an excerpt from an article which highlighted Ed in 2010.
 
(Information from the New Haven Register and the Valley Gazette - June 2010)
Ed Chase of Seymour, one of the inaugural Arts & Ideas Fellows in 2010, was the recipient of a $3,500 scholarship from the Connecticut Chapter of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials. He was one of only three students in the state of Connecticut to receive this award.

Born in Bridgeport, Ed graduated from Co-Op Arts and Humanities High School in June 2010. He is very active in theater and recently had one of his plays performed by Yale School of Drama students. That play, “The Shovel,” draws on Chase’s real-life experience of not having enough money to pay for groceries. Chase’s play, his involvement with this year’s International Arts & Ideas Festival, and outstanding grades at the Cooperative Arts and Humanities Magnet High School made Chase a natural choice for the scholarship.

 

 Ed is attending the University of the Arts in Philadelphia this fall.

Program Comments
CEO Comments

Each Festival is a complex web of interconnected artistic performances and programs relating to the arts, culture, humanities, and social and political questions. Program planning begins by taking a look at the work of outstanding artists of international stature. In the early stages, one of the most important questions we must answer for ourselves is this: Could a performance of this work by this artist form the core of an extraordinary experience for our region? To determine the answer to that question, we ask many more, such as:

 

1. Has the artist been seen in our region before?

 

2. Can we deepen the understanding of this particular work of art and help reveal its meaning by the other programs we can offer around it?

 

3. Might this work highlight the cultural assets already present in our community?

 

4. Will this work deepen the everyday experiences of people in our community?

 

5. Will this work help celebrate the diversity of our community and help us to know one another better?  

 

6. Is there a way in which the specific assets of our community can enrich the experience of the artists?

 

7. Does the program as a whole provide numerous points of entry (whether artistic genres, cultural traditions, or themes) so that diverse audiences can find their connection to it?   Will people come?

 

8. Does this work complement other programs being planned? Is there a connective tissue among and between the programs?

 

We rely on our colleagues, local community leaders and partnering organizations to help us answer these questions. With the engagement of the whole Festival community, the interlocking pieces come together to create the experience that is the Festival, definitely a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. 

CEO/Executive Director
- -
Term Start Apr 2017
Email tgriggs@artidea.org
Experience

Thomas Griggs, Chad Herzog, and Liz Fisher currently act as co-Directors of the Festival, pending the completion of a full leadership search which is expected to be finalized no later than Fall 2019. 

Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 12
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 220
Number of Contract Staff 160
Staff Retention Rate 85%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs and Terms
NameTerm
Mary Lou Aleskie 2005 - 2017
Ms. Mary Miller -
Senior Staff
Title Managing Director and Co-Director
Experience/Biography

Liz Fisher has worked for the Festival for more than nineteen years.  Before moving to New Haven, she spent two years in Atlanta,Georgia, where she contracted the Cultural Olympiad for the 1996 Olympic Games.  Prior to that, she toured with the circus for twenty years, the last three as the Associate General Manager for the Big Apple Circus.   

Title Producer
Experience/Biography

Melissa Huber holds an AB in History from Princeton University and an MFA in Theater Management from the Yale School of Drama where she received The Morris J. Kaplan Award.  Melissa has previously worked at the Guthrie Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, the Magic Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, and Ensemble Theatre Company.  A member of the League of Professional Theatre Women, she is also founding member and the Managing Director of Prospect Theater Company in New York City.

Title Director of Development and Co-Director
Experience/Biography

Thomas Griggs served on the Board of the Festival for seven years before joining the staff. Griggs is most proud of the community engagement activities he supports as part of his work with the Festival, highlighting the rich cultural assets of New Haven while bringing diverse communities together to experience visionary thought leaders and enjoy world class and local talent.

Prior to the Festival, Griggs worked in the Yale-New Haven Hospital Office of Development where he oversaw Corporate and Foundation Giving. Earning a Real Estate license from Gateway Community College, he enjoyed a successful realty career built on his extensive knowledge of mortgage banking and the community.

For over 20 years, Griggs enjoyed a highly successful banking career. He worked in various branch and management positions at People’s Bank, including director of Community Relations and Corporate Contributions, branch manager of several downtown New Haven branches, Manager of Telephone Banking and Vice President of People’s Corporate University.

Always active in the community, Griggs joined the board of the Gateway Community College Foundation in 2009 and was Chair of the Foundation Board of Directors from 2014 until December 2016.

Griggs also served on the Board of Creative Arts Workshop from 1990 until 2015, and as President from 1995 through 2006. He has also dedicated his time to the New Haven Preservation Trust, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Long Wharf Theater, Shubert Theater, Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce, as well as serving as a Mayor’s Appointee on the Cultural Affairs Commission for the City of New Haven from 2001 through 2007. He is an associate Fellow of Yale University’s Branford College.

Griggs holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut School of Business, and an MBA from the University of New Haven. 

Title Director of Programming and Co-Director
Experience/Biography Chad Herzog joined the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in June 2015 as our Director of Programming. Previously, he served as the director of the performing arts at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, since October 2006 and curator of the College’s performance series since 2002. Since taking over the program, participation in the arts at Juniata increased by over 600%. Chad serves on the board of directors for Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania, Gotham Arts Exchange, North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents, and on the executive board of Penn State Public Media. He has served on the boards of FOCUS Dance, Pennsylvania Presenters, Big Brother Big Sisters Huntingdon County, Huntingdon Arts Festival, and the Huntingdon County Arts Council. When not seeking out the latest technology trends, his mission is to investigate and implement audience development techniques through curation in the arts. Chad is a frequent speaker and panelist as well as invited international delegate to numerous arts and culture forums including SXSW, the Edinburgh Festival, National Endowment for the Arts, Association of Performing Arts Presenters, EMC2, and danceNYC. Chad created and developed articulture, a community supported arts program; serves as an executive producer on the soon to be released feature film Spell; and is the original producer of One Radio Host, Two Dancers: Ira Glass, Monica Bill Barnes, and Anna Bass in concert. Chad has a Masters of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College.
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Collaborations

Collaboration is essential to the Festival's commitment to create an event that all citizens in the region will point to with pride and claim as their own.  In an average year, we work with more than 150 arts and community groups.  For example:

 

  • Arts presenters, museums & galleries:  Shubert Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Yale museums, New Haven Museum, and Young Audiences of Connecticut
  • Arts agencies & membership organizations:  New Haven Office of Cultural Affairs, Arts Council of Greater New Haven, and Connecticut DECD/Office of the Arts
  • Professional and amateur arts organizations:  New Haven Symphony, Music Haven, and  Bregamos Community Theater,
  • Educational institutions:  New Haven Public Schools, Gateway Community College, New Haven’s six colleges and universities, Neighborhood Music School, and ACES
  • Social Service, Neighborhood, and Faith-based Organizations:  Junta for Progressive Action, Christian Community Action, and Community Management Teams
  • All branches of the New Haven Free Public Library

 

 

We share or rent venues; coordinate plans; offer performance opportunities; advertise each others' programs; provide resident artists with technical assistance; co-present & co-produce events; and engage in dialogue about program ideas.  

Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce1996
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Best Festival in ConnecticutConnecticut Magazine2012
Top 100 Destinations in North AmericaAmerican Bus Association2010
Top 100 Travel Destinations in the World - May-June 2011National Geographic Traveler2011
Top Travel Destination in ConnecticutCNN Traveler2014
Arts AwardArts Council of Greater New Haven2015
RecognitionChina Shanghai International Arts Festival2016
Outstanding Contribution in the Field of ArtsNew Haven Chapter of Links, Inc. 2013
Board Chair
Mr. Gordon Geballe
Company Affiliation School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale University
Term Nov 2007 to Nov 2018
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Mr. Bruce D. Alexander Yale University
Ms. Lourdes Alvarez University of New Haven
Mr. Joe Bertolino Southern Connecticut State University
Mr. Paul Broadie IIGateway Community College
Ms. Diane Brown Sterling Memorial Library
Ms. Susan J. Bryson Wiggin & Dana, LLP
Ms. Anne Tyler Calabresi Community volunteer, Founding Director
Ms. Elsie B. Chapman Retired IBM Executive
Ms. Courtney Cupples Alexion Pharmaceuticals
Ms. Donna Curran Zinc Restaurant
Ms. Priscilla Dannies Yale School of Medicine
Ms. Lisa Delfini MARCUM
Dr. Deborah Desir Arthritis & Osteoporosis Center
Ms. Jody Ellant Romag Fasteners
Ms. Louise Endel Community Volunteer
Ms. Denise Fiore Yale New Haven Hospital
Ms. Marilyn Ford Quinnipiac University School of Law
Mr. Steven Glick Chamber Insurance Trust
Ms. Pamela L. Griffin The BILCO Company
Mr. G. Penn Holsenbeck Retired Corporate Lawyer
Dr. Katherine G. Kennedy Yale School of Medicine
Mr. George Knight Knight Architecture LLC
Dr. Roslyn M. Meyer Psychologist, Founding Director
Mr. Daniel Miglio Retired
Mr. W. Frank Mitchell Independent Historian and Curator
Ms. Kerry Robinson Leadership Roundtable
Ms. Barbara Rockenbach Columbia University Libraries
Ms. Uma Shankar Yale University Office of International Students and Scholras
Ms. Elizabeth Sledge Yale University
Mr. Michael Soileau COMCAST
Dr. Stephanie Spangler Yale University
Ms. Alinor Sterling Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder
Ms. Caprice Taylor-Mendez Perrin Family Foundation
Ms. Sandra Trevino JUNTA for Progessive Action
Mr. George Zdru Yale University School of Medicine
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 7
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 25
Hispanic/Latino 3
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 10
Female 26
Unspecified 0
Risk Management Provisions
General Property Coverage and Professional Liability
Standing Committees
Audit
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Executive
Finance
Human Resources / Personnel
Legislative
Nominating
Board Governance
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Oct 01 2017
Fiscal Year End Sept 30 2018
Projected Revenue $2,569,950.00
Projected Expenses $2,532,741.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Revenue Sources ChartHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$3,024,895$1,736,674$1,366,764
Government Contributions$705,431$1,037,410$854,194
Federal------
State$551,511$631,856$757,423
Local$100,000----
Unspecified$53,920$405,554$96,771
Individual Contributions------
------
$370,894$341,366$257,645
Investment Income, Net of Losses--$2--
Membership Dues------
Special Events$50,950$80,800$90,200
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$53,182$26,538$21,991
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$2,948,691$2,642,388$2,103,954
Administration Expense$168,466$164,676$162,190
Fundraising Expense$478,532$446,585$349,652
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.170.990.99
Program Expense/Total Expenses82%81%80%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue13%16%15%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$1,980,293$1,296,739$1,180,818
Current Assets$1,965,778$1,274,589$1,177,270
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$242,728$168,837$22,057
Total Net Assets$1,737,565$1,127,902$1,158,761
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountSeedlings Foundation $650,000State of Connecticut, DECD $631,856State of CT DECD $757,423
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountEucalyptus Foundation $600,000Eucalyptus Foundation $200,000Eucalyptus Foundation $100,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountState of CT DECD $551,511First Niagara $104,250Yale $100,000
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities8.107.5553.37
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Comments
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Address 195 Church Street
12th Floor
New Haven, CT 065104012
Primary Phone 203 498-1212
Contact Email tgriggs@artidea.org
CEO/Executive Director - -
Board Chair Mr. Gordon Geballe
Board Chair Company Affiliation School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale University

 

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