The Arts Council can help you raise funds for your artistic work by serving as your fiscal sponsor. Fiscal Sponsorship allows you to solicit tax-deductible donations and apply for grants without having a 501(c)3. This program is open to all artists and organizations in every artistic discipline within the Greater New Haven region. There is a 7% administration fee on all funds raised. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

Current Projects


One Village Healing

At the intersection of arts, healing, and justice - One Village Healing [OVH] is an emerging New Haven based wellness and healing arts initiative dedicated to creating spaces, convenings, and programming, rooted in the values of the healing justice movement to collectively heal from the impact of systems of oppression so we can all live wildly liberated, connected, inspired, and healthy lives.


The New Haven 48 Hour Film Project

The CT branch of the 48 Hour Film Project which is the longest running timed film competition in the world. It is a fun, and energizing way to create short films and get those films screened at a movie theater. Some of these films go on to screen at Cannes! The NHV48HFP has been a creative outlet for filmmakers to work with together and expand the CT film community.


Cool Breeze Concert Series

A concert series designed to promote the variety and tradition of music, uniting the talents and styles of local and regional artists.

Lost in New Haven

A collection of artifacts from centuries of New Haven's long history organized in a way that tells the story of industry, culture, invention, and waves of immigrants who built the city.


The State House

The State House is a multi-purpose performance and arts venue located in New Haven’s Historic 9th Square whose mission is to mirror the cultural diversity of New Haven’s residents in its programming while also exposing New Haveners to some of the world’s greatest cultural performers.


The Word

A transformative literary arts program for New Haven's young people that builds and sustains liberated community by creating radically inclusive writing and performance programs founded in poetry, rap and song.


Elm City Lit Festival

Annual celebration of books, literature and literary artists with the purpose of enhancing literacy while promoting awareness of local, regional and global artists of the Diaspora.


Gift-Passion-Purpose Project

Gift-Passion-Purpose Project, Inc. was founded by Dr. Tiffany Jackson. The primary purpose is to nurture the musical gifts of aspiring singers and instrumentalists from underrepresented communities primarily in Connecticut.


The Table Underground

A radio show, podcast, and website focused on recording inspiring stories of marginalized peoples and issues, in the realms of food, race, radical love, and creative social justice. The stories are recorded through audio, written, and photo mediums, with a focus on representing people’s narratives in their own voices.


At Home in New Haven

A virtual stage around which people from across the city and beyond can gather to be awed, entertained, informed, and inspired by the gifts, knowledge, talent and ingenuity of their neighbors... all while supporting their work and the local economy.



A healing photographic experience for womxn on the path back to their bodies for the purpose of personal and collective liberation.



Interruptions Disrupting the Silence is a story about a middle class Suburban Urban family victimized by Gun Violence.


The History of Native Americans in Connecticut

This one hour documentary will tell the overarching story of Native Americans in our state - the original tribes, structures, governments, cultures, challenges and individual stories about members of the tribes over time up to the present day.


Pitch My Song

A premiere event produced by Top Secret Songwriter. Music industry professionals are invited as a special guest to be interviewed during a live Q&A. Next singer-songwriters have an opportunity to pitch their song live for the opportunity to land gigs and gain exposure.


New Haven Documentary Film Festival

NHDocs is the premiere film festival for documentary features and shorts in Connecticut and the surrounding areas. Along with high-quality workshops, panels and events, NHDocs provides a film event unlike any other.


The Kitchen

BIPOC centered co-working and co-creating space that exists to provide resources and culturally affirming space for artists of color to work, create, and collaborate.


Unbecoming Tragedy

A play that is an engaging example of one person’s very real struggle with and triumph over difficult circumstances and conditions.

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Past Projects


Requiem for an Electric Chair

A theater project by Toto Kisaku that premiered during the 2018 International Festival of Arts and Ideas. With a gun to his head, Toto Kisaku was moments away from being killed by his government when his executioner showed him a moment of mercy. His only crime? Creating art that questioned the practice of child exploitation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

WE ARE: A Nation of Immigrants

A photography based media company whose mission is to create community based public art installations for the purpose of building awareness and stronger bonds between disparate parts of the community. WE ARE – A Nation of Immigrants is designed to highlight the contribution immigrants make to our culture. The project consists of large-scale dignified portraits of recent refugees and immigrants attached to the exterior walls of the three Churches on the Green and in other New Haven venues.


Nasty Women Connecticut

A platform for organization and resistance to remove elitism from our local art scene and empower all members of our community to participate in making and experiencing art. Their video testimonial project will capture diverse voices that will be edited and added to a growing symphony of voices that highlight ways people feel marginalized in today’s society - personally, politically, and culturally.



An independent film project lead by Stephen Dest showcasing the City of New Haven and Yale University.