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Arts, Culture & Tourism


“If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.” 
–John F. Kennedy, former American President

The mission of the Department of Arts, Culture and Tourism is to improve the quality of life for New Haven residents. By celebrating arts, culture and tourism, it becomes a catalyst for economic development, civic engagement and spiritual uplift. We assist, promote and encourage artists, arts and cultural organizations and events in New Haven. Our department serves as the steward for the municipal collection of globally inspired public art.

Arts, Culture and Tourism does the following:

  • Supports a wealth of neighborhood activities through the Mayor's Neighborhood Cultural Vitality Grant Program
  • Enhances municipal buildings and schools with public works of art through our Percent for Art Program
  • Produces community events such as the noted and well attended Holiday Tree Lighting on the Green. 

Additionally, we provide support to the film industry. We assist filmmakers in identifying possible locations within the city, negotiating and coordinating city services and other location needs and costs. 

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Contact Us

Adriane Jefferson

(203) 946 - 8378

165 Church Street, 6th Floor
New Haven, CT 06510

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
9:00am - 5:00pm