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

Mission Statement

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

The International Festival of Arts & Ideas is a 15-day festival of performing arts, lectures, and conversations that celebrates the greatest artists and thinkers from around the world. Each June, the Festival takes over the theaters, museums, classrooms and outdoor spaces of New Haven, Connecticut, attracting an annual attendance of 120,000. Now celebrating its 20th Anniversary, the International Festival of Arts & Ideas is, according to CNN, Connecticut’s top tourism destination. 

 

Inclusivity

Key to the Festival’s success is keeping the majority of its programs available to public, regardless of individual income levels. The Festival removes offers 80% of its 170 events 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 the Pop-Up Celebrations, which bring mini-festivals to 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 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 Statement

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

The International Festival of Arts & Ideas is a 15-day festival of performing arts, lectures, and conversations that celebrates the greatest artists and thinkers from around the world. Each June, the Festival takes over the theaters, museums, classrooms and outdoor spaces of New Haven, Connecticut, attracting an annual attendance of 120,000. Now celebrating its 20th Anniversary, the International Festival of Arts & Ideas is, according to CNN, Connecticut’s top tourism destination. 

 

Inclusivity

Key to the Festival’s success is keeping the majority of its programs available to public, regardless of individual income levels. The Festival removes offers 80% of its 170 events 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 the Pop-Up Celebrations, which bring mini-festivals to 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 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 Northeast.

 

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 pre-eminent thinkers from around the globe, showcasing the city and the state as a major arts destination.

 

The Festival has presented dozens of U.S. premieres. Internationally recognized names – Angelique Kidjo, Bristol Old Vic, Handspring Puppet Company, Rosanne Cash, Little Richard, Elevator Repair Service, Yo-Yo Ma, Michael Feinstein, Kronos Quartet, Spike Lee, Druid Theatre, Salman Rushdie - and 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.

Impact

Festival Goals

The Festival’s overall goals are to present a world-class performing arts Festival; to make its events accessible to underserved populations and individuals; to create vibrancy through targeted community programs and shared celebratory experiences; to be true and authentic to our region by programming culturally relevant artists; and to improve cultural and international understanding.

 
 

Festival Accomplishments

  • Extraordinary Performances: The 2014 Festival presented many new works to CT audiences including: the U.S. premiere of the Edinburg Festival hit, THE EVENTS by David Greig with music by John Browne; ARGUENDO, a new theatre work by Elevator Repair Service, created from the text of U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments; and MOSES(ES), a new dance work by choreographer Reggie Wilson, inspired by Zora Neale Hurston's novel Moses, Man of the Mountain.


  • Community Vibrancy: For the past five years, the Festival has had an average annual economic impact of $25 million. Festival events and community engagement programs bring vibrancy to our region socially and economically making it a more desirable place to live and work. The Festival hires 150 or more contract workers on top of permanent staff each year and provides educational and job training opportunities through its Fellowship Program. Of the Festival's 700 artists and speakers, 400 are from Connecticut. The Festival introducing audiences to the history, natural beauty and extraordinary cultural life of our region.


  • Diversity: The 2014 Festival was the most geographically, economically and ethnically diverse audience to date with participants from every Connecticut County, 28 U.S. states and 12 countries. In 2014, 38% of Festival attendees identified as persons of color.


  • Free Programs: The largest and most diverse audiences attend the Festival’s free outdoor events. In 2014, thousands of audience members attended concerts featuring Ruben Studdard, Dianne Reeves, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Brandy Clark and La Santa Cecilia. For CT families, the Festival is an early summer tradition with multiple generations gathering on the historic New Haven Green.
Needs

The Festival is uniquely positioned to create creative opportunities that add to the vitality and economic stability of our region. The majority of its programs are free. State and municipal officials recognize the impact of the Festival on our region’s cultural and economic vitality, and they have authorized significant public funding, but every year the Festival faces the possibility of this funding being reduced or eliminated. To achieve its goals and safeguard the future, the Festival must increase the total amount of contributed income.

 

The Festival has built a working capital reserve, which gives it the ability to self-finance operations and occasionally fund deficits. In order to maintain this important flexibility, which gives it the ability to make financial commitments that secure artistic programs, the Festival must increase its reserve to $3 Million. The Festival has launched the - Fund for the Future Campaign - to increase the working capital reserve, fund artistic work, and make critical infrastructure improvements.

 

The Festival is a sound investment. It has operated without a significant deficit for 11 years. It generates $25 million in annual economic activity and it attracts direct investments from foreign arts councils who send dollars into Connecticut with their artists.

CEO Statement

In 2015, we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas. For 20 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 120,000 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.

 

The Festival has a significant impact in our region. Of the Festival’s 170 events, 80% are completely FREE to the public. The most recognizable events are the Festival’s outdoor activities on the historic New Haven Green. Concerts, acrobats, family shows, kids crafts, dance workshops – ALL FREE - are enjoyed by thousands of CT families. The Festival has become a driving force in the region’s economy. It averages $25M in annual economic impact, employs 160 seasonal workers, and generates 600 hotels stays. Of the Festival's 700 artists and speakers, 400 are from Connecticut. The Festival is a beacon event attracting visitors from every U.S. state and 50 countries. In 2014, CNN named the Festival the top tourist destination in Connecticut.

 

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 /
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 20 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 7 major publications including the New York Times and radio spots run on WSHU, WNPR, and WPKN. Billboard advertising appears on the I-95 corridor and on Metro-North train platforms. 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. Artists have included Yo-Yo Ma, Rosanne Cash, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Kronos Quartet, Fendika (Ethiopia), La Santa Cecilia (Mexico & U.S.A), Aaron Neville, Red Baraat (India), Darlene Love, and Angelique Kidjo (Benin & U.S.A). 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 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. 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 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

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 Olu Oguibe, Salman Rushdie, Art Spiegelman, Robert Pinsky, Sebastian Barry, Susan Sontag, Frank McCourt, Ernesto Zedillo, Carl Zimmer and Emily Bazelon. Audience members can watch the talks live or online. The Ideas Program also presents pre and post-show conversations, workshops, and tours 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 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

Pop-Ups give economically challenged New Haven neighborhoods the tools and resources they need to plan and execute their own celebrations. Pop-Ups 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 and revealing community resources. Pop-Ups also increase self-esteem by making the neighborhoods a more fun and attractive place to live and work.

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 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 90% college attendance rate and 100% high school graduation rate. Through their achievements, Fellows spark positive changes in their families, schools and communities.

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

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
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 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 2017
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
Goal $3,000,000.00
Dates Nov 2014 to Sept 2016
Amount Raised To Date 1000000 as of Apr 2015
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? 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 tgriggs@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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