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Creating a Vibrant Community

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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

The Americans for the Arts’ Local Arts Index1 reports that 47% of the adult population in New Haven County attends live performing arts, while an additional 13% go to art museums and galleries.  

In the 2015 DataHaven Community Wellbeing Survey, 71% of the respondents in Greater New Haven said that they regularly visited arts and/or cultural resources in the area.

The performing and visual arts offered in New Haven attract not only city residents but draw a suburban audience and even regional audience into the city.  The International Festival, Long Wharf Theatre, the Shubert, Artspace and the CT Folk Festival draw approximately 25% of their audience members from New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Connecticut areas beyond Greater New Haven.

See these and other indicators in The Community Progress Report: Measuring the Wellbeing of Greater New Haven.


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1 The Local Arts Index:was compiled by Americans for the Arts in 2012 and is drawn from a variety of secondary sources including the U.S. Census Bureau, Claritas Research, Scarborough Research, the National Center of Charitable Statistics, and other sources.

2 Entertainment includes movies, concerts and cultural events



A Dramatic Dedication to Community

The Whitney Players Theater Company teaches youth in Greater New Haven about theatre, while providing quality productions to the community at an affordable price. Read More »

New Haven Clothier Supports the Arts

The David T. Langrock Old Masters Art Fund was established as a preference fund at The Community Foundation. In keeping with the intentions of the original Foundation, the Old Masters Art Fund encourages and promotes classical art and the study of classical art in the Greater New Haven area. Read More »

Long Wharf Theatre: Art, Community & Giving

By the time the Board of Long Wharf Theatre celebrated its 20th birthday in 1985, it had established a national reputation and was an important force in the regional theater movement. But the Theatre needed stronger financial footing, so its leaders turned to The Community Foundation. Read More »


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