We are pleased to announce a Neighbor to Neighbor theme for the 39th Annual Arts Awards, scheduled for December 6th. This year’s luncheon aims to celebrate local leaders who strengthen their communities through arts and culture. With this theme in mind, the Arts Council’s Board of Directors has selected Rafael Ramos to receive the C. Newton Schenck III Award for Lifetime Achievement in and Contribution to the Arts.

Nominations are open through September 9th from all corners of Greater New Haven, which might include individuals, organizations, businesses, volunteers, philanthropists, events, and ideas. Questions the organization is asking include: 

  • Who are the expected and unexpected creative leaders in your local community?
  • What organizations bring neighborhoods together through the arts?
  • Where does culture and self-expression form the basis for community development?

There is no limit to how many nominations one may submit. In fact, the Arts Council encourages multiple submissions. An independent jury will select five winners based on quality, not quantity, of the nomination.

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C. Newton Schenck III Award for Lifetime Achievement in and Contribution to the Arts

Photo: Lucy Gellman


Winners Will Be Announced in September

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Performance Commission

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The Arts Council of Greater New Haven seeks submissions from artists of all kinds for an original performance to explore our Neighbor to Neighbor Arts Awards theme.

A panel from the Arts Council will evaluate submissions based on relevance to theme, originality, and overall fit. The selected artist or performance group will receive a $500 commission for their work and 2 complimentary tickets to the luncheon. The winner will also be included on the invitation and livestreamed during the event.


Submit Your Performance

 Selection Process

The C. Newton Schenck III Award for Lifetime Achievement in and Contribution to the Arts is selected by our Board of Directors. The theme and commission were selected by the Arts Council team. Awardees are nominated by the community and selected by an independent jury, which this year includes Elinor Slomba, Senator George Logan, Diane Brown, David Greco, and Julie Smith.

Explore Arts Awards Winners

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Created in honor of the dynamic, transformative former Executive Director of the Arts Council, the Fund is designed to strengthen and enrich our community by investing in its artists. Visit their website for full details.

Congratulations to Barbara Harder, phenomenal artist and teacher, who is the first grant recipient of The Bitsie Clark Fund for Artists. We will celebrate the next grant recipients at the upcoming Arts Awards.

Save the Date
December 6, 2019 | 11am-1:30pm | New Haven Lawn Club

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Interested in sponsorship opportunities? Contact our Development Director Megan Manton for details.

Experience the Celebration

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Rosa DeLauro Arts Council Awards

Video by Alisha Martindale | Photos by Lucy McClure 


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