“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 Division 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.