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Greater New Haven is a hub of arts and culture. More than 850,000 people attend performances or exhibits in our region each year. Regional arts organizations account for over 4,000 performances, 500 open days of gallery space, and 45,000 students viewing the arts or taking lessons.

More recent data has been compiled in the Greater New Haven Community Index 2016 and Valley Community Index: Understanding the Valley Region.

 

In January 2017, we're taking a closer look at nonprofits that promote Arts & Culture, with a special focus on Libraries, History & Humanities

Learn about the organizations creating a thriving arts community in our region below:

The Eli Whitney Museum is an experimental, hands-on, learning workshop for students, teachers and families. We collect, interpret and teach experiments that are the roots of design and invention.
The mission of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra is to increase the impact and value of orchestral music for our audiences through high quality, affordable performances and educational programming.  Our musicians inspire, delight, challenge, and unite larger and more diverse communities.
The New Haven Chamber Orchestra has a dual mission: to bring the wonderful realm of orchestral chamber music to the greater New Haven community and to promote and to enhance literacy through music.
Music Haven empowers and connects young people through exceptional tuition-free music education, mentoring, and performance by our resident musicians in the heart of New Haven, giving all kids a chance to play.
ARC programs show students how to use what they're learning in the real world.Our intent is to provide K-12 students a heightened appreciation of how architecture and design relate to the world around them and to empower them with 21st-century skills and a problem-solving framework that can be applied in every aspect...
The Valley Arts Council was founded on the belief that while the arts are by no means new to the Valley, we seemed to be lacking a binding thread to bring that art to the forefront of life here. The Valley has been rich in culture and creativity for well over a century and the arts can, and do, take place in many diverse contexts within ...
An all-volunteer orchestra of more than 60 musicians from the Greater New Haven area and beyond, Hamden Symphony members share a passion for rehearsing and performing great music together. Founded in 1962 by Ruth T. Brooks, the Orchestra provides cultural enrichment to the community of Hamden, Connecticut through its seri...
The New Haven Museum stimulates inquiry, increases understanding and fosters appreciation of greater New Haven's history and heritage.
The James Blackstone Memorial Library provides essential access to information, resources and unique shared experiences to help ensure Branford is an educated and enriched community.
The mission of Neighborhood Music School is: Creating community, sparking potential and sharing joy through the arts.  Core Belief: We believe in the power of the arts to transform lives and strengthen communities. Core Value...
The Hagaman Memorial Library started in 1909 and was formally established in 1921. The Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Library's Mission Statement:The Hagaman Memorial Library is the center for community enrichment and as such it seeks to provide information, resources and programs for lifelong learning...
Our mission is to improve the quality of life for all Madison residents by providing access to information, fostering lifelong educational and cultural learning, and cultivating relationships among our residents through the exchange of ideas.
The Civic Orchestra of New Haven gathers with the intent of: making music at a very high level; providing members the opportunity to learn advanced orchestral repertoire; offering the general public access to music twice annually through performances; and establishing a greater sense of community music in our area through collaborations with ...
Mission:  Through Arts for Learning Connecticut's (AFLCT) diverse roster of artists, our mission is to engage participants of all ages and abilities in learning creatively through the arts.   Vision:  We envision people of all ages and abilities in CT actively participating in the arts.  AFL...
Since 1980, the mission of the Shoreline Arts Alliance has been to cultivate artistic activity of the highest caliber in the central Shoreline region of Connecticut by presenting performances by local, national, and international artists; by sponsoring competitions and other activities to encourage and educate artists and arts participants of al...
Our mission is to respond to the need of the Latino Community by assisting them to succeed in the U.S. society, and to enable Latinos to maintain and share their rich varied cultures with the broader community.
New Haven Ballet's mission is to demonstrate and use the power of dance to change the life of every person in the community through education, performance, physical exercise, artistic aspiration, personal development, and social interaction to the fullest of their potential. 
Peace, goodwill, understanding and celebrating diversity are the hallmarks of the Ethnic Heritage Center (EHC).   Our mission is to collect, preserve and disseminate ethnic histories and to promote understanding and respect for cultural differences and similarities by using these histories to dem...
The New Haven Free Public Library Foundation raises funds to support the mission of the New Haven Free Public Library and builds awareness of the library's community impact.The New Haven Free Public Library is a crucial resource devoted to creating experiences for all ages that promote cultural connections, econ...
The New Haven Oratorio Choir is a strong community based organization committed to performances of high quality along with the warm and inviting character that distinguishes our concerts and that our audiences have come to expect.  Our goal and focus is  to provide the New Haven region with intimate chor...
To preserve, restore and operate The Dudley Farm Museum as a late 19th century historical, educational and recreational resource to serve the public.Vision: The Dudley Foundation will provide leadership to the greater community in the promotion of historic awareness and interpretation of the history of...
The Greater New Haven Saint Patrick's Day Parade is the most significant cultural event conducted in the State of Connecticut each year. First started in 1842 the parade attracts between 250,000 to 300,000 people annually to the streets of New Haven making it the largest single day event in the state, the largest Saint Patrick's Day ...
Elm Shakespeare Company enriches the lives of people from widely diverse backgrounds, and strengthens the artistic and educational landscape of New Haven with a commitment to offering free and accessible theater and innovative educational experiences in our parks, our classrooms, and our neighborhoods. ESC is a premiere theater company k...
The mission of the Shelton Historical Society is to preserve elements of the community's history in order to create lasting and meaningful connections between Shelton's past, present and future generations through education, maintaining a museum with its collections, and providing a voice in the community regarding matter...
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 advanc...
To preserve and restore the Ward-Heitmann House to function as a museum which will serve as an education center for students, scholars and historians.
CT Folk seeks to educate, entertain, and inspire a diverse audience through music and conversation to create a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable community. Through the traditional and contemporary folk and roots movement, CT Folk works to present music with a universal message that reinforces our community's spirit an...
CAPA brings the world to our stages, enriches lives and creates community through its mission to: Present and produce artistic programming of the highest quality to serve and educate diverse audiences and feature renowned artists of all culturesOperate and maintain world-class performance venues
Engage. Connect. Grow.  The Clark Memorial Library engages patrons in the love of learning by connecting all users to available resources to grow a vibrant community of thinkers.
The Derby Historical Society is a regional historical society dedicated to preserving, maintaining and celebrating the rich and varied history of the Lower Naugatuck Valley.
The Mission of the New Haven Preservation Trust (NHPT) is to honor and preserve New Haven's architectural heritage – historic buildings and neighborhoods – through advocacy, education and collaboration. Since its founding in 1961, NHPT has been New Haven's principle driving force behind the prese...
Creative Arts Workshop (CAW) is an educational and cultural resource center, devoted to fostering creativity through participation in, appreciation of and leadership in the visual arts in the Greater New Haven area. Creative Arts Workshop affirms its commitment to making its programs available to a broad and diverse population.
Long Wharf Theatre's mission is to create theatre of the highest quality that inspires reflection and discourse about each of us and the world in which we live.
The Arts Council of Greater New Haven provides leadership and support to our diverse creative sector.
The mission of the Branford Electronic Railway Association doing business as the Shore Line Trolley Museum is to share with a diverse audience the story of the trolley and related forms of public transportation in their historical context.
Guilford Art Center is a nonprofit organization that inspires and promotes community participation in the visual arts, through education, exhibitions and outreach.
ARTE Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting Latino art, culture and education. The mission of Arte's Inc., founded in 2004, is to develop and promote Latino art, culture and education and connect people. Arte exposes Latinos and non-Latinos to the richness and diversity of Latino cultures and art. Arte b...
Our mission at Center Stage Theatre, Inc. is to enhance the cultural environment within our community; to present high quality, theatrical productions at affordable prices; to encourage growth and education through the performing arts; and to provide a means for interested adults, teens, and children to participate in and experience various aspe...
ARTSPACE, a non-profit organization that presents local, national, and international visual art, by providing access, excellence, and education to the benefit of the public and the greater arts community.  Its mission:  Catalyze artistic activities; Connect contemporary artists,...
The mission of Wallingford Chorus is to promote the appreciation and enjoyment of choral music in central Connecticut.
 The mission of the Greater New Haven Labor History Association is to collect, preserve and celebrate the history, culture and traditions of working people and their unions in the city of New Haven and its surrounding communities.
Projects for a New Millennium, otherwise known as Projects2k or P2k, is a 501-c-3 collaborative that was formed in 1993 to created multimedia events and educational programs that foster the fusing of art, science and environmental awareness as a means of discovery and appreciation of the natural world. Projects2k collaborators conti...
The Whitney Players Theater Company is a group of artists dedicated to bringing affordable, quality entertainment to the Hamden community while educating young actors through music, dance and drama.  The program is designed to integrate area professional actors with the youth from our community.  Our goal is to provide professional act...
Public art is an essential part of a healthy, d...
The Hugo Kauder Society's mission is to foster awareness of the music composed by Hugo Kauder (1888-1972). This includes making the scores available to the public by digitizing the manuscripts, enabling performances and recordings of the music for the benefit of the general public, working closely with archives to ensure proper con...
Local History Preservation The purpose of the Oxford Historical Society, Inc is dedicated to preserving and encouraging community interest in the history of Oxford, Connecticut We seek to ensure that present and future generations can share in and understand their rich heritage.
The Mission of the New Haven Chorale is to present excellent choral music to the greater New Haven region through public performance and community outreach, to enable singers to improve their musicianship, and to be an integral and active member in the cultural life of its community. At the heart of the New Haven ...
Yale Repertory Theatre (Yale Rep) is dedicated to the production of new plays and daring interpretations of classics that make immediate connections to contemporary audiences. With the Yale School of Drama (YSD), Yale Rep trains and advances leaders to raise the standards of global professional practice in every theatrical discipline, cr...
Orchestra New England shares the vitality of great music and great music making, embracing audiences and colleagues, and collaborating with like-minded organizations.We engage, educate, and empower youth.We are committed to opening doors, welcoming the joy of live music as an integral element of our lives in the expanding co...
The mission of the Peabody Museum is to serve Yale University by advancing our understanding of earth's history through geological, biological, and anthropological research, and by communicating the results of this research to the widest possible audience through publication, exhibition, and educational programs. Fundamental to thi...
The Community Fund for Women and Girls promotes social and economic advancement for women and girls through strategic philanthropy, grants, advocacy and collaboration.    A component fund of The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, the Community Fund for Women & Girls is a permanent endowment focusing...
Elm City Dance Collective is a New Haven based organization that provides a platform for an experiential and collaborative approach to dance creation, education and performance. 
To secure through research historical information about the Botsford family, its members and their places of origin and subsequent habitation. To publish such information in the form of genealogy, biography, and historical monographs. To maintain the Botsford Homestead as a public museum for displaying articles of educational and historical...
The mission of the League of American Orchestras is to advance the experience of orchestral music, support the people and organizations that create it, and champion the contributions they make to the health and vibrancy of communities.  
The Greater New Haven Community Chorus - contributes to the personal and cultural enrichment of the community through the rehearsal and performance of outstanding choral music.- educates chorus members and audiences alike- embraces the diversity of the community
The Institute Library's mission is to fulfill its historical purpose of "mutual assistance in the attainment of useful knowledge" for its members and the New Haven community at large through literature, civil discourse, and the arts. The Institute Library's vision is the perpetuation of the modern community library as a physical place, social sp...
The mission of the Yale University Art Gallery is to encourage appreciation and understanding of art and its role in society through direct engagement with original works of art. The Gallery stimulates active learning about art and the creative process through research, teaching, and dialogue among communities of Yale students, faculty, art...
Horns For Kids supports deserving school music programs throughout Connecticut. Our main purpose is to encourage children to experience the thrill of performing music in school, and as a life-long activity. H4K raises funds through private and corporate contributions -- and awards clean, playable instruments to deserving school music programs th...
A Broken Umbrella Theatre is committed to enhancing the vitality of our community, supporting the creative growth of our ensemble, and presenting compelling theatrical events with a commitment to aesthetic rigor, that are inspired by the unique history of New Haven, Connecticut.
ArtBra New Haven provides a creative emotional outlet to breast cancer survivors and their supporters, and financial assistance to under- and uninsured breast cancer patients in the Greater New Haven area.
Mission Statement Ball and Socket Arts is designed to be a local and regional gathering place, fostering discovery, engagement and creativity through a broad range of creative arts programming. Vision StatementBy repurposing a treasured b...
Elm City ChamberFest was founded on the mission to develop and operate a center for chamber music instruction for intermediate to advanced music students.  The focus is on building core ensemble skills and enhancing musical development for students, while also providing the greater community with world-class faculty and guest artist chamber...
The mission of the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame is to honor publicly the achievements of Connecticut women, preserve their stories, educate the public and inspire the continued achievements of women and girls.
The Legacy Theatre is a professional theatre company that enhances the Connecticut Shoreline's economy, educational opportunities and quality of life through live theatre and related programs. The Legacy strives to be a premiere arts house and educational facility, ensuring ongoing seasons of transformative and challenging professional thea...
WPKN's MISSION STATEMENT WPKN's purpose is to provide a high quality, community-oriented broadcast service to the people of Southern Conn, New York's Suffolk County and Berkshirefoothill...
The Mary A. Schmecker Turtle Shell Fund is building our community through the arts. We provide opportunities for the whole community to engage in creative pursuits  in order to create a rich cultural heritage for tomorrow. Through arts festivals, arts programming, and grants to public schools and nonprofits, the Turtle Shell Fund ...
Real Art Ways is an alternative multidisciplinary arts organization that presents and supports contemporary artists and their work, facilitates the creation of new work, and creatively engages, builds, and informs audiences and communities.
Backyard Theater Ensemble, Inc. is a collaboration of artists devoting their time, experience and resources to produce theater that inspires, challenges, and entertains both performers and audiences.  Guided by our collective artistic vision, volunteer artists each fulfill multiple roles on stage, behind the scenes, and in the community.&nb...
The Square Foot Theatre is a center for the performing arts that provides opportunities for community participation in theatre performances that educate. enrich and entertain by: producing a broad range of musical theatre presentations of the highest quality.providing hands-on learning experience in all aspects ...
MissionArts in CT brings the love of all things creative to Connecticut communities. Through innovative partnerships, Arts in CT contributes to personal, professional, and community development by designing and nurturing opportunities for individuals, groups and artists to engage together in cr...