Arts Council Programs

In addition to the exhibitions we curate, The Arts Council manages four core programs – Arts Promotion, Artist Services, Advocacy, and Community Engagement – that serve artists, arts organizations, and audiences of all ages and backgrounds. We also manage special programs, currently Reintegrate and Make.Art.Work.

Our programs promote artists’ professional careers; advocate for appropriate arts funding to benefit both large and small venues, artists and students; and foster creative, participatory experiences for the general public.

Arts Promotion

  • The Arts Paper, published ten times a year, features insightful articles about artists, arts organizations, and community engagement; it includes a comprehensive calendar of events;
  • Use of social media with Facebook, weekly eNewsletters, Twitter, YouTube;
  • Active partnership with New Haven’s non-profit, civic and business groups to promote the region’s arts and culture, dining, shopping and entertainment.

Artist Services

  • Professional development workshops
  • Career counseling


  • Represent the arts community to business and civic leaders and advocates on behalf of arts organizations and arts education;
  • Regularly communicates with legislators and testifies at legislative hearings for sustained arts funding state-wide.

Community Engagement

  • Produce interactive arts performances in non-traditional venues throughout New Haven;
  • Assist neighborhood youth agencies with creative programming;
  • Cultivate emerging talent.


  • Special project made possible through a Creative Placemaking Pilot Program grant from the Connecticut Department of Economic Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts.
  • Celebrates and showcases the region’s creativity in both the arts and sciences by facilitating collaboration between artists and scientists, showcasing innovative arts and science projects, and inviting the public to share the arts/science connection through events and resources.


  • A career-development program for visual artists across Connecticut.
  • With support of the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, Make.Art.Work. is being managed collaboratively by The Arts Council of Greater New Haven, the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County, and the Greater Hartford Arts Council.

Past Programs

  • Greater New Haven Arts Stabilization Project


Photo by Amanda May