Our mission at the Department of Arts and Culture is to improve the quality of life for New Haven residents. By celebrating arts and culture, it becomes a catalyst for cultural equity, economic development, equitable civic engagement and spiritual uplift. The Department assists, promotes and encourages artists, arts and cultural organizations and events in New Haven. And serves as the steward for the municipal collection of globally inspired public art.
The arts can provide powerful experiences and conversations in advocacy for change. We as artists, arts administrators and creatives can lead New Haven’s efforts in racial justice. The Department of Arts and Culture is committed to uplifting our community through the development of a cultural equity and inclusion plan, strategic partnerships like the creative sector relief fund, workshops, trainings, and other resources. Visit the Arts for Anti-Racism Pledge to learn more.