The International Festival of Arts and Ideas starts this Saturday!
International Festival of Arts & Ideas Kicks Off This Weekend By FRANK RIZZO Hartford Courant 6/11/2009
Mary Lou Aleskie believes that in a year in which economies throughout the world are traumatically shaken, making international connections is more vital than ever.
As executive director of New Haven’s International Festival of Arts & Ideas, which begins its 14th year Saturday, Aleskie has created more collaborations than ever for the programming, especially at a time when her budget hasn’t grown, corporate sponsorships are down and the dollar is devalued.
We Need Arts & Ideas More Than Ever: There’s no downturn in the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, the festival that helps us cope with reality Christopher Arnott New Haven Advocate 6/9/2009
The festival’s program director, Cathy Edwards, describes this year’s festival vibe as “something really uplifting about working together, the community coming together at a difficult time.” She sees the community theme as a chance to explore “the relationship of global to local,” and also “an opportunity for families to do things together.”