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 pdunn@artidea.org
Web and Social Media
Mission

Mission:

Our mission 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.

Vision:

We envision 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.

Values:

The Festival’s staff and Board believe that the following values are central to its identity:

·        excellence in performance and leadership

·        collaboration

·        embracing diversity

·        inclusiveness – bringing people together

·        openness to new ideas, new arts, new cultures, new individuals

·        stewardship

·        integrity

 Fundamental Aspirations:

 ·       attract and present world-class artists

·        provide a wide range of artistic experiences

·        provoke the mind

·        spur economic revitalization

·        attract a diverse audience

·        involve and integrate the community

·        provide enriching experiences for the young

·        aid in the development of new works

·        support regional arts

·        create a celebratory atmosphere with lasting memories

·        showcase the riches of New Haven to visitors

·        enhance the image of New Haven and of the State of Connecticut

 

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 Ms. Mary Lou Aleskie
Board Chair Mr. Gordon Geballe
Board Chair Company Affiliation School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale University
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $2,643,508.00
Projected Expenses $2,642,165.00
Statements
Mission

Mission:

Our mission 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.

Vision:

We envision 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.

Values:

The Festival’s staff and Board believe that the following values are central to its identity:

·        excellence in performance and leadership

·        collaboration

·        embracing diversity

·        inclusiveness – bringing people together

·        openness to new ideas, new arts, new cultures, new individuals

·        stewardship

·        integrity

 Fundamental Aspirations:

 ·       attract and present world-class artists

·        provide a wide range of artistic experiences

·        provoke the mind

·        spur economic revitalization

·        attract a diverse audience

·        involve and integrate the community

·        provide enriching experiences for the young

·        aid in the development of new works

·        support regional arts

·        create a celebratory atmosphere with lasting memories

·        showcase the riches of New Haven to visitors

·        enhance the image of New Haven and of the State of Connecticut

 

Background

The Festival was established in 1996. The Festival’s Founders laid the groundwork for a pre-eminent arts and ideas event that would make the city and state major arts destinations, stimulating the economy and building a sense of community identity and pride. They envisioned an event that would “bring together the people of Greater New Haven and the State of Connecticut with visitors from other cities, states and countries through an annual celebration of artists and thinkers from around the globe.”   In its inaugural year, IFAI offered programming for a five day period, drawing 45,000 attendees. Today, the Festival spans 15 days and has posted attendance figures of more than 140,000.


The dramatic increase in the size and scope of the Festival parallels the growth in its reputation as an artistic enterprise and a major cultural event in southern New England, attracting national and international investment. The Festival is recognized for commissioning and presenting works by international, national and regional artists and for providing excellent and inclusive educational experiences for people of all ages.   Traditionally, more than 75% of Festival events are free of charge and open to all. In 2012, free programming represented 86% of Festival events.

The Festival has significant economic impact on greater New Haven and the State of Connecticut. Each year this impact is analyzed by Quinnipiac University, based on data from random surveys gathered at the Festival. In 2012, the overall economic impact was calculated at $25 million to the State of Connecticut

Throughout its first 17 years, the Festival has maintained its spirit of innovation and commitment to “firsts,” including both premieres and debuts by international artists as well as artistic projects created with our community. The list includes such things as the American premiere of the Tony-award winning Copenhagen; the Metropolitan Opera’s first concert in Connecticut; the U.S. debut of the renowned Trio Mediæval; the world premiere of Ardent Song Redux, the recreation of a significant work by Martha Graham;  the world premiere of Terence Blanchard’s score for Spike Lee’s When the Levees Broke; the creation of Dixwell, a dance theater piece created by the Urban Bush Women together with residents of the Dixwell neighborhood of New Haven; the 2008 Festival Finale, created by the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange through intense community engagement in their project Radical Acts of Prayer; the world premiere of String Quartet No. 3 by Christopher Rouse; the Connecticut premiere of the Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma; and the World Premiere of love fail by composer David Lang.

Impact

 Accomplishments

1. World-class Artists and Thinkers

In 2013, the Festival continued its tradition of presenting important local, national, and international premieres: Freewheelers from New Haven's own A Broken Umbrella Theatre; US Premiere of a new production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, a collaboration from the team behind the Tony Award-winning Broadway and West End smash, War Horse; first performances of the first tour of Stuck Elevator by Byron Au Yong and New Haven's Aaron Jafferis. In addition, the Festival was privileged to present the first performance in the 40th Anniversary Tour of the celebrated Kronos Quartet. 

 

2. Powerful Economic Impact

The 2013 Festival generated a $34 million economic impact to the State of Connecticut and our region.

 

3. Free Access to Performances

In 2013, 85% of the Festival’s events were free. Free programming attendance represented 89% of the 2013 Festival's audience, totaling 138,985. This included 5 headliner performances on the New Haven Green, Ideas Program, walking, bike and food tours, master classes, family-friendly programming and more.

 

4. Hosted the 2013 Governor's Arts Awards

Recognized by the Connecticut Office of the Arts and the Governor's Office as a premiere arts and culture organization, the Festival was invited to host the 2013 Governor's Arts Awards Ceremony. The Festival enhanced the awards ceremony by integrating it into its Ideas Program and Opening Night Performance. 

 

5. Financial Stability

In spite of the recession, the Festival remains debt-free.

 

Goals

The Festival’s current, primary goals are to offer or undertake:

1. An Outstanding 2014 Festival program

Plans are underway for an excellent program for 2014, with pledges already in place from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters and New England Foundation for the Arts, as well as from numerous individual supporters. 

  

2. Continued Commitment to the Arts & Ideas Fellowship Program and Expansion of Opportunities in Life-Long Learning

Over the last four years, the Festival has offered the Arts & Ideas Fellowship Program, designed to give high school juniors and seniors exposure to careers in the arts.  The program combines instruction in critical writing, nonprofit management and various performing arts disciplines, with opportunities for job shadowing and hands-on work experience. The program has grown to include internship and short-term employment opportunities for program alumni. We are building on this model to plan expanded learning opportunities for our community.

 

3. New Engagement in the New Haven Neighborhoods

In 2013, in collaboration with neighborhood steering committees, the Festival seeded two neighborhood Festivals, fondly referred to as pop-up arts villages. These took place in the Fair Haven and Dixwell neighborhoods. The collaboration was exciting and we are planning for a return to those neighborhoods in 2014, with possible expansion to the Hill neighborhood.

 

4. A Regional Marketing and Development Expansion Initiative

As the Festival’s reputation grows nationally and internationally, we are undertaking new efforts to make our programs better known regionally and to identify regional funding support.

Needs

The Festival’s most pressing need is to increase the amount of contributed income.
 
Because more than 80% of Festival events are offered free of charge each year and because prices for ticketed performances are kept at modest levels by design, contributed income is the primary source of Festival revenue. Ticket revenue represented less than %10 of total revenue in FY12.

The Festival needs:   

1.  …investment from outside Greater New Haven.

The Festival relies on the philanthropy of the Greater New Haven region, but even the most generous local and regional philanthropy can only go so far to support the important work of the many non-profits in the region. Because the Festival has developed a national and international profile and is recognized as a premiere cultural event between New York City and Boston, we are expanding our development effort to seek support from donors outside Greater New Haven who understand the impact of the Festival’s unique mix of programming. 

2. …an increase its working capital reserve.

Building on the important work of the Greater New Haven Arts Stabilization Project, the Festival has built a working capital reserve, which has allowed us to self-finance operations and, on occasion, on a short-term basis, to fund  operating deficits. In order to maintain the flexibility allowed by such a reserve, as well as to make financial commitments to secure exciting, innovative programs for the future, the Festival needs to increase the size of this reserve to $2.5 million.

3. …advocacy by our stakeholders.  

Because state and municipal officials have recognized the impact of the Festival on our region’s cultural and economic vitality, they have continued to authorize significant public funding. If the current recession continues, and even more difficult decisions must be made about public budgets, it will be extremely important for Festival supporters to communicate their convictions about the Festival’s importance to their legislators. 

CEO Statement

The impact of the Festival’s programming is found in its unity and integration. The spirit of the Festival is very well described in an article by Jan Ellen Spiegel in The New York Times  on June 3, 2011. Please read the beginning of the article here and go to the Times on-line to read the rest! 

Arts and Ideas Festival Extends Reach Across Borders

BRINGING Yo-Yo Ma to the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, which begins its annual two-week run here next weekend, has been one of Mary Lou Aleskie’s goals since she became the festival’s executive director in 2005.

“Every year I would call and say, ‘Gee, is there any chance blah, blah, blah, blah, blah?’ “ she recalled. “So this year I didn’t call — and they called us!”

The timing was not only right for Mr. Ma and a dozen members of his Silk Road Project — a cross-cultural melding of musicians, contemporary compositions, musical traditions and instruments — it was also perfect for the festival’s opening night.

But Ms. Aleskie took it one more step. She persuaded the festival board to raise the extra $300,000 needed to move the performance to the New Haven Green and present it at no charge.

Mr. Ma’s reaction? “Very cool,” he said... “I think there’s tremendous value to have things be free or at such low cost you’re not preventing people from coming. That would be my favorite way to make music.”

Equally important, he added, was being able to dovetail Silk Road’s mission — using music to unite disparate cultures, build community and provide education that is “entertaining but not preachy” — with the festival’s similar cornerstone.

“It speaks to our ideals,” he said. “It challenges our performance chops, and it’s something we all believe in.”

With Mr. Ma as the headliner, the festival, now in its 16th year, has emerged as a “must stop” for far-flung artists, performers and thinkers who embrace its mission to make global arts and ideas accessible in a format that is far more than a string of dozens of performances. The events — some free, some ticketed — include music, dance and theater performances; bike and food tours; and exhibitions and panel discussions, all united, however loosely, under this year’s theme, “Across Borders, Beyond Time.”

“We try to let the most interesting opportunities and projects take the lead,” saidCathy Edwards, the festival’s director of performance programs, who, along with Ms. Aleskie, literally scours the planet for participants. “There’s always a thematic zeitgeist that unites those works. It’s not too hard to find.”

 

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 /
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

Importance of the Festival: The International Festival of Arts & Ideas is a nationally and internationally recognized cultural organization committed to excellence in the arts & humanities, to community-building, and to economic development. Through its 16 years of continuous programming the Festival has become a driving force in the region’s economy.

Funding for the Festival is an investment that yields tremendous value. Our record of success has been fueled by a dynamic private and public partnership that now leverages more than $2.00 from private sources for every $1 of public funding. Increasingly, the Festival attracts direct investments from foreign ministries of culture who send dollars into Connecticut with their artists.

Statistical Overview: Since the Festival’s 1996 inaugural year, more 1.6 million audience members have enjoyed 3,853 events by 10,330 artists from the region, the nation and 78 foreign countries. 

 The Festival: 
 Generates a Significant Annual Economic Impact

  • As calculated by QuinnipiacUniversity, Festival-related business, seasonal employment, and audience expenditures resulted in a $19.6 million dollar impact from the 2011 event.

 Generates Jobs

  • Provides162seasonal jobs ranging from entry level to highly skilled positions, in addition to a year-round and full-time staff of 10. 
  • Hired over 100 Connecticut artists in 2011

 Promotes Connecticut as a Tourist Destination

  • Festival’s 2011 audience came from 114 CT cities and towns, 32 states and 29 foreign countries.
  • Attracts national media coverage from publications such as The New York Times, Variety, Time OutNew York, American Theatre Magazine, PhiladelphiaInquirer and USAToday.

 Provides Free Family Programming

  • 82% of the Festival’s 2011 events were free.
  • Provides cultural enrichment to socially and economically diverse audiences.
Programs
Description

Each year the Festival gathers people from all over the region to hear headline concerts free on the New Haven Green.   Headline performers are chosen to reflect the great variety of cultures and individuals in our region.  In 2011 headline performances included the Connecticut premiere of the Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma; José Condé and his nu Latin groove, playing pan-Latin, world fusion; Natalie MacMaster, a fiery Cape Breton fiddler; the Ebony Hillbillies, a premier black string band with the Deedle Deedle Dees, a folk group using multiple styles to teach kids about American history, the natural world and social action; and, finally, Freshlyground, the band from southern Africa known as the featured band in Shakira’sWaka Waka (This Time for Africa), the official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. 

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 Iimpact Study for the Festival.  Data are gathered through random survy at Festival events.  Data about race, ethnicity, gender and income are collected in theses surveys. 
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 an article in the New Haven Register, June 12, 2011

Rain doesn’t deter Yo-Yo Ma fans on Green

NEW HAVEN — Graysen Byrnes just turned five, but she’s already such a fan of cellist Yo-Yo Ma that her excitement over seeing him perform Saturday night wasn’t curtailed at all by a soggy Green and intermittent downpours.

Actually, it was all heightened by the prospect of post-concert puddle jumping, her mom, Katie Byrnes, said. ...We knew, as long as we could, we’d be here,” dad said. “It’s important to bring her here because it’s important she gets culture rather than just Disney princesses.” …

Rick Allison, who has a radio show on WPLR called The Local Bands, said that, for him, it is not only the first of the summer concert series, but “the biggest.”

Boyuan Zhong, a Yale University summer session student, pumped his fist in the air and let out a hearty, “Yo-Yo,” as if at a rock concert. Zhong, from China, said he loves the meaning behind the Silk Road tour. “I think it’s really special,” he said.

 

Excerpt from an article in the New Haven Independent

Take 3: Mavis Staples Sings On The Green

by Paul Bass, 6/22/09

The gospel-turned-R&B singer didn’t give up. That was the point.

It took two summers and three tries to get Mavis Staples headlining an Arts & Ideas Festival concert on the Green. Mother Nature kept getting in the way.

When Staples finally made it onstage … Sunday night, it was a triumph. A triumph of song, of course. And a triumph of perseverance.…

Perseverance was the text as well as the context of the evening. Mavis Staples took the audience back through her five decade-long career, from the family’s beginnings as a gospel-circuit group, through its alliance with Martin Luther King, Jr. … In Staples’ telling, it was all about setting a goal and never looking back. “Keep your eyes on the prize,” she sang. “Hold on.”…

Comment posted by Steve: A wonderful, emotional, living lesson in history for all the young people on the Green! Awesome!

Description

The Festival offers unparalleled opportunity for our audiences to see the finest in performing arts from around the nation and the world. In 2011, nearly 8,000 people attended 40 ticketed events in 15 days! The art forms included theater (both solo storytelling and profound ensemble theater), music (contemporary concert music, chamber opera, world music, jazz, folk and new musicals in workshop performances), dance (by two contemporary American masters, Susan Marshall and Bill T. Jones) and food! These marvelous experiences took place in 19 different venues around the city: 5 traditional theater spaces at Yale and 14 downtown restaurants. Our audiences saw the only New York area performance of the US Tour of “The Cripple of Inishmaan” and attended workshop performances of musical theater destined for future success. All of these experiences were world-class art, all with modest ticket prices.

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 sucess 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.  
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 6/26/2009

Mark Morris’s…“Dido and Aeneas” — a staging excellent as dance and phenomenal as dramatic poetry — had its premiere in Brussels 20 years ago. This week the Mark Morris Dance Group performed it … at the Shubert Theater as part of the International Festival of Arts and Ideas with a cast entirely composed of artists who have joined the company since then. Mr. Morris has made some works that are superior in their wealth of dance invention but nothing so abundant in meanings, suggestions and imagination. … I hope New York and other cities can see the production soon.

 7/7/2008 – New Haven  Register: In a study by the Urban Institute entitled “Cultural Vitality in Communities,” New Haven … ranked in the top ten communities in the country in the number of arts organizations, community celebrations, festivals and arts-related jobs. The study points to the incredible contribution the arts make to a rich quality of life and to the success of businesses…

Description
A fundamental aspiration of the Festival is to “provoke the mind.” We do this not only through excellent artistic performances, but also through our Ideas programs—a series of keynote speakers, panels, conversations with artists, post-performance discussions and community dialogues, designed to expand upon the themes of the performances and increase the audience’s understanding of the artistic forms and their appreciation of the artists. The panelists regularly include artists and local experts as well as leaders and thinkers from around the world.
 
In 2011 we offered 11 panels and conversations, 8 pre- and post-performance talks, and 4 book signings with panelists. 

In keeping with our commitment to build community through engagement with Festival programs, the Ideas program often includes panels about contemporary political and social issues. In 2011, for example, we presented the panels “Bridging the U.S.-China Cultural Divide: the Role of Chinese-Americans in U.S.-China Relations,” “Haiti: Models for Rebirth,” and “Music, Warfare, and the Soldier’s Story.”

Frequently, Ideas programs introduce the audience to performances scheduled for future festivals, such as the 2010 conversation between choreographer Bill T. Jones and poet Elizabeth Alexander, anticipating the appearance of Jones’s company in 2011. Panels often highlight the cultural diversity of our community, such as the 2011 “Freedom’s Journey: Poetic Reflections on African American Legacies.” 

People unable to attend the programs in person are able to share the experience electronically.  Videos of the programs are broadcast from the Festival's website and, since September 2009, the videos have had approximately 10,000 downloads via iTunes. 
The impact of the Festival experience is increased by the complex interplay of the artistic performances and the Ideas presentations. 

 

 

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 World Cafe 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

Each year the Festival offers extensive free programming beyond the headline concerts on the Green. In 2011, for example, we offered the following: 42 walking and bike tours around greater New Haven, led by knowledgeable guides; 4 Master Classes offered by the visiting professional artists in their fields of expertise (Haitian dance accompanied by conga drumming; modern/contemporary dance; and Indian classical dance); 24 family-friendly lunchtime and evening concerts on weekdays; an 8-part film-and-conversation series co-presented with Yale Summer Session and the Yale Summer Film Institute; and “Box City,” a two-day family activity focused on building a dream city.

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.
The direct participation in Festival programs will increase individual self-confidence, as well as self-esteem and pride in our community. 
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 on-line 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.
Regarding a community tour, Alla wrote:

"This was a delightful tour. Pardee Rose Garden is beautiful and is one of top 10 rose gardens in New England. Our tour guide, Matt, the person behind 150 varieties of roses, gave us a 2 hour comprehensive tour of roses and garden. Thank you very much! And thanks for a great start to International Festival of Arts and Ideas."
 
Regarding participation in the Dan Zanes Finale Concert in 2010, Jacinda wrote:  "I am a part of the BRAMS [Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School] Choir and I can’t wait to perform with Dan Zanes. I’m so excited!"
 
Regarding the 2010 maqam workshop a participant wrote:  Events such as this touch my soul, move my spirit and lift my mind to new and exciting, inspiring places -- keep up the amazing programming.  Events like this encompass the Festival's premise of sharing ideas and artistic experiences. 
 
 
Description

The Arts & Ideas Fellowship Program is designed to give high school juniors and seniors exposure to careers in the arts, as they prepare to pursue college and/or enter the workforce.  The program combines instruction in critical writing with an introduction to arts management and various performing arts disciplines, as well as opportunities for job shadowing and hands-on work experience around Festival events. We believe that the arts contribute to the overall vitality and connectedness of our community and that exposure to the arts by our young people is especially critical to their future success.

 

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.  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 are evaluated on a regular basis throughout the program.  And students will be monitored for a year following their completion of 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.
(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

Explaining the Festival to a newcomer is a challenging and interesting task. Each annual event 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?

And then there are the practical questions: Is there a good enough mix of artistic disciplines? Do the dates line up? Can we afford these works?

 

In the end, all the interlocking pieces—including all the interest and knowledge and experience that the audiences and participants bring—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
Ms. Mary Lou Aleskie
Term Start Sept 2005
Email mlaleskie@artidea.org
Experience

Executive Director at IFAI since September 2005, Ms. Aleskie has provided leadership at the helm of numerous international organizations and projects as an executive, producer and presenter, in the support of landmark premieres as well as masterworks of the performing arts.

Prior to the Festival, Ms. Aleskie served as President/CEO of La Jolla Music Society,San Diego's premier presenter of world-renowned orchestras, dance companies, and soloists, as well as the producer of the award-winning chamber music festival La Jolla Summer Fest.  Her decade-long tenure as Executive Director of Da Camera of Houston resulted in the company's first major international tours to include the world's most prestigious venues, from the Barbican Centre to the Kennedy Center.

As General Manager and Managing Director of the Alley Theatre in Houston, she produced many ground-breaking projects, including the international tour of Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" to Russia and the Baltics, as well as the world premiere of Frank Wildhorn's "Jekyll & Hyde", which transferred to Broadway for a long and successful run.

Ms. Aleskie has been a frequent speaker and panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, among other organizations. She has guest lectured at Yale University, SUNY – Purchase, and University of Houston. She currently serves as a member of the International Society of Performing Arts’ Board and Executive Committees, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters’ Classical Connections Advisory Committee, and the National Arts Strategies’ Chief Executive Program.  She is an Associate Fellow of Branford College at Yale University.
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 8
Number of Part Time Staff 3
Number of Volunteers 200
Number of Contract Staff 158
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 1
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 7
Unspecified 1
Former CEOs and Terms
NameTerm
Mr. Paul Collard -
Ms. Mary Miller -
Senior Staff
Title Managing Director
Experience/Biography

Liz Fisher has worked for the Festival for the past fifteen 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.   She is married to John Fisher, Executive Director of the Shubert Theater.  

Title Director of Programming
Experience/Biography

At IFAI since 2006, Ms. Edwards is a curator of live performance in multiple disciplines, and is recognized for championing artists whose work embraces emerging ideas and forms.  She served a three-year term as the Artistic Director of the Time-Based Art Festival at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art inPortland, OR (October 2008 to September 2011), and previously she was Artistic Director of Dance Theater Workshop inNew York City(1996 – 2006).  Edwards has been recognized by The New York Times for “daring curatorial choices [that] showed her to be as creative and imaginative as many of the artists she booked.”   

Edwards has served on numerous grant-giving and funding panels and presented at conferences and meetings, including for the National Endowment for the Arts, the New England Foundation for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, United States Artists, the Japan Foundation, the National Performance Network, and Creative Capital.  She is currently serving on the board of directors of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (Washington, D.C.), and of Movement Research (NYC).

Title Director of Marketing & Communications
Experience/Biography

Art Priromprintr has previously worked in marketing for Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles, one of the nation’s largest theater companies (managing the Ahmanson Theater, Mark Taper Forum, and Kirk Douglas Theatre) and was interim marketing director for the Luckman Fine Arts Complex at California State University, Los Angeles.  He has also worked in various capacities for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, and the Music Center of Los Angeles County.  He holds an MFA in Theater Management from Yale School of Drama and a BA in English Literature from the University of Southern California.

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 Direcctor of Development
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 Theater, Long Wharf Theatre, Yale museums, New Haven Museum, and Young Audiences of Connecticut

·        Arts agencies & membership organizations:  NH Office of Cultural Affairs, Arts Council of Greater NH, and Connecticut DECD/Office of the Arts

 ·        Professional and amateur arts organizations:  New Haven Symphony, Music Haven, and  Bregamos Community Theater,

 ·        Educational institutions:  NH Public Schools, 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 NH 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.  

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
Board Chair
Mr. Gordon Geballe
Company Affiliation School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale University
Term Nov 2007 to Nov 2014
Email gordon.geballe@yale.edu
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Ms. Mary Lou Aleskie International Festival of Arts & Ideas
Mr. Bruce D. Alexander Yale University
Ms. Lourdes Alvarez University of New Haven
Ms. Susan J. Bryson Wiggin & Dana, LLP
Ms. Anne Tyler Calabresi Community volunteer, Founding Director
Mr. Thomas J. Calvocoressi Independent Business Consultant
Ms. Elsie B. Chapman Retired IBM Executive
Ms. Priscilla Dannies Yale School of Medicine
Ms. Jody Ellant Romag Fasteners
Ms. Louise Endel Community Volunteer
The Rev. Kevin G. Ewing Community Organizer
Ms. Denise Fiore Yale New Haven Hospital
Ms. Marilyn Ford Quinnipiac University School of Law
Ms. Sally Glick Chamber Insurance Trust
Ms. Pamela L. Griffin The BILCO Company
Ms. Kim A. Healey NewAlliance Foundation
Mr. G. Penn Holsenbeck Retired Corporate Lawyer
Ms. Andrea Jackson-Brooks Office of the Comptroller, State of Connecticut
Dr. Dorsey Kendrick Gateway Community College
Dr. Katherine G. Kennedy Yale School of Medicine
Mr. George Knight Knight Architecture LLC
Ms. Jean Lamont Education Consultant
Mr. Glenn MacInnes Webster Bank
Ms. Ruby H. Melton retired, Louis Dreyfus Highbridge Energy LLC
Dr. Roslyn M. Meyer Psychologist, Founding Director
Ms. Sharon Milikowsky Norwalk Library
Mr. W. Frank Mitchell Independent Historian and Curator
Mr. Laurence Nadel Attorney
Ms. Mary A. Papazian Southern Connecticut State University
Ms. Barbara Rockenbach Columbia University Libraries
Ms. Constance L. Royster Yale Divinity School
Mr. Fred D. Sette Sette & Bonadies, PC
Ms. Uma Shankar Yale University Office of International Students and Scholras
Ms. Elizabeth Sledge Yale University
Dr. Stephanie Spangler Yale University
Mr. David Stein Withers Bergman LLP
Ms. Susan Stone Community Volunteer
Mr. George Zdru Yale University School of Medicine
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 7
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 30
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 13
Female 26
Unspecified 0
Standing Committees
Audit
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
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 2014
Fiscal Year End Sept 30 2015
Projected Revenue $2,643,508.00
Projected Expenses $2,642,165.00
Spending Policy N/A
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 Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$1,961,058$1,126,949$1,307,369
Government Contributions$921,649$861,586$1,021,081
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$921,649$861,586$1,021,081
Individual Contributions------
------
$430,320$259,386$183,708
Investment Income, Net of Losses$3$379$1,130
Membership Dues------
Special Events$70,525$48,075--
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$12,930$9,567$52,175
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$2,408,060$2,031,515$1,893,569
Administration Expense$162,672$183,923$164,671
Fundraising Expense$417,921$412,834$366,321
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.140.881.06
Program Expense/Total Expenses81%77%78%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue14%20%16%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$1,295,679$807,949$1,159,669
Current Assets$1,288,258$796,815$1,142,834
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$111,916$32,018$61,408
Total Net Assets$1,183,763$775,931$1,098,261
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --CT Dept. of Economic & Community Dev. $776,253Connecticut Commision of the Arts $866,360
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Yale University $100,000National Endowment for the Arts $108,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --The Communtiy Foundation for Greater New Haven $74,500Yale University $100,000
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities11.5124.8918.61
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Comments
Foundation Staff Comments
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Address 195 Church Street
12th Floor
New Haven, CT 065104012
Primary Phone 203 498-1212
Contact Email pdunn@artidea.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Mary Lou Aleskie
Board Chair Mr. Gordon Geballe
Board Chair Company Affiliation School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale University

 

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