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Ballet Dreams Take Flight

by Allison Park | May 28, 2018 12:23 pm

Allison Park PhotoZoe Votto is a shy girl. But when she sashayed to center stage, pink bow in hair, she stunned the audience with powerful pirouettes and confident coupes.

Her bravery, technical mastery, and undeniable talent won her a full scholarship to dance with the New Haven Ballet, a package sealed with dancewear, tuition, a transportation stipend, and a guaranteed role in next season’s major Nutcracker production.

When asked for her age, she whispered with a smile: “8t.”

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A&I Draws Strength From City

by Brian Slattery | Apr 30, 2018 12:18 pm | Comments (1)

Jazz heavyweights and artistic emissaries from Africa will mix with New Haven’s finest talent at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas this year. That’s just the way Chad Herzog, co-executive director of the festival and director of programming, wants it, as the festival continues to deal with a tighter state budget by sinking its roots deeper into the Elm City.

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Arts Organizations Push Back on NEA Cuts

by David Sepulveda | Apr 7, 2017 7:29 am

DAVID SEPULVEDA PHOTOA roundtable meeting of the Arts Industry Coalition — a group of area arts organizations, arts leaders, and stakeholders organized by The Arts Council of Greater New Haven and hosted by the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven in its offices on Audubon Street — discussed what can be done to save the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and what might be done if they are dissolved, as a current budget proposal from the Trump administration suggests they could be.

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A Festival Soldiers On

by Brian Slattery | Mar 30, 2017 10:25 pm

Courtesy A&IChad Herzog, the International Festival of Arts & Ideas’s interim co-executive director and director of programming, stood on the stage in a large room on the first floor of Alexion, on College Street. Before him, artists and filmmakers mingled with bankers and civic leaders. A countdown clock projected on the wall that looked more like something for a sports event — maybe a nod to March Madness? — had just run out. Herzog was on stage to announce A&I’s lineup for 2017.

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