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Congratulations to the 2023/24 Recipients of IANH Grants!

2023 Grantees and IANH Board

April 25, 2023

The International Association of New Haven is pleased to announce the 2023/24 grant recipients.  A total of $65,000 was awarded to local organizations:

2023 Grantees and IANH Board

Arts for Learning Connecticut was awarded $10,000.  They will continue their Higher Order Thinking (HOT) Schools program at Roberto Clemente in New Haven and Helen Street in Hamden in the 2023-24 school year.  They will also support culturally responsive practice with the launch of Emerge, a training and mentorship program for 85 teaching artists.

Elena's Light received $15,000 to support and expand its English as a Second Language program, which pairs refugee women with volunteers in a personalized tutoring environment designed to be responsive to the needs of each client. They also have a legal advocate who coordinates training for Connecticut lawyers in immigration issues.

The International Festival of Arts and Ideas was awarded $20,000 to promote cultural understanding by bringing Garba 360, with its traditional Gujarati folk dances from India to the New Haven Green in June of 2023.  The performance includes a Connecticut-based band and audience participation and will also be offered at several New Haven schools.  Educational materials about the Hindu festival Navrati will also be available on the Festival’s website. 

Sanctuary Kitchen received $20,000 to extend its culinary ESL and culinary arts training program to a new cohort of refugee and immigrant chefs, create a new advisory board, hold more community events, build a network of employer partners, and develop toolkits and webinars for employers interested in hiring Sanctuary Kitchen trainees.


The International Association also sponsored Yale-China Association's Lunar New Year Parade 2023:

2023 Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year 2023

April 22, 2022

International Association of New Haven Awards $68,700 for Local Programs!

Leaders of six local non-profit groups met with International Association members recently to celebrate $68,700 in grant awards for refugee and immigrant education, global geography, and international arts and music.  Whether it is helping young students from Afghanistan become literate in English or bringing art, music and dance from other cultures into classrooms, IANH highlights internationalism in New Haven.  Each non-profit group received up to $20,000 in support.

“We are proud that our organization, founded over seventy years ago, can support programs that build respect and understanding among people in the community,” said Jane Baljevic, the International Association Grants chairperson. “We felt inspired by the contributions these groups are making.”

Arts for Learning Connecticut:  The teaching artist group, Arts For Learning Connecticut, will bring workshops and performances to Roberto Clemente School to help 475 bilingual K-8 students develop HOT (Higher Order Thinking) skills through music, dance, poetry, puppet theater, and design.

Eli Whitney Museum:  In a collaboration with Eli Whitney Museum, 6th grade students from King Robinson Inter-District Magnet School will create a large, wooden wall map to supplement their curriculum unit on “Movement and Migration: How Things Spread.”

IRIS:  The Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services – currently working to resettle 200 newly-arrived Afghan refugee families -- will upgrade their website to provide interactive, centralized information and resources to benefit refugees and immigrants throughout Connecticut.

Music Haven:  A specially commissioned work by Puerto Rican composer Luis Prado will provide a “Journey Through Music” for Music Haven students.  By incorporating a composition with different levels of music for different levels of players, this series will allow young string musicians to perform folk melodies from around the world alongside professionals.

New Haven Reads:  A new Saturday morning tutoring program will bring 30 recent refugee and immigrant students from Barnard and Fair Haven Schools to the New Haven Reads center to strengthen literacy skills, using special ESL phonics software.  This project will expand the existing New Haven Reads 1:1 tutoring program, which already helps more than 280 New Haven K-8 students improve reading skills with after-school and online lessons.

Shubert Theatre:  The National Dance Theater of Jamaica, coming to the Shubert in 2023, will give two performances for school groups through their Education and Community Outreach program which reaches over 5000 students in the area every year.

March 19, 2021

International Association of New Haven Awards $72,000 to Five Local Multicultural Organizations

March 19, 2021


The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for many New Haven non-profit groups, but in March, the International Association of New Haven (IANH) awarded $72,000 in grants to help five local organizations fund projects that will continue to serve their diverse communities in 2021.  

Leadership, Education and Athletics in Partnership, Inc (LEAP) was awarded a grant of $17,000 to expand Spanish and ELL -- English Language Learner -- materials for students and counselors in their summer program and on their website.  They also plan to add after-school language and cultural enrichment classes when New Haven Public Schools resume full-time.

The New Haven Symphony Orchestra (NHSO) was awarded a grant of $10,000 to support performances and community conversations that will showcase works by composers of color.  NHSO has created this musical project to encourage dialog and understanding about race relations in America.

Read To Grow, which provides picture books to new babies and mothers, was awarded a grant of $10,000 to fund the translation of childhood literacy materials for immigrant parents. The materials will be developed in Arabic, Farsi, French, Pashto, and Swahili.  In addition, they will use the IANH grant to purchase bilingual children's books to distribute to families in New Haven.

Sanctuary Kitchen, a community-based culinary program led by refugee and immigrant chefs, was awarded a grant of $20,000 to develop curriculum modules for Culinary Training, English language classes and Public Speaking.  To help recover from their catering loss during the pandemic, Sanctuary Kitchen will also use the grant to update their marketing and online sales platform.

Yale-China was awarded a grant of $14,700 to create a toolkit of art projects for classroom teachers based on untold stories of Asians and Asian-Americans in New Haven.  The project will encourage partnerships between artists -- who have been struggling during the pandemic -- teachers, and groups in the community.  The goal of the Asian stories and art projects in the toolkit will be to stimulate critical thinking, empathy, and imagination. 

To be eligible for International Association grants and sponsorships, community non-profits can check the website at  Groups must be registered 501(c)3 organizations whose programs advance international, intercultural and global understanding.  Grants can be awarded for up to two years in succession.    

Past IANH grant winners have included Immigrant and Refugee Services (IRIS), Music Haven, The International Festival of Arts and Ideas, New Haven Children’s Museum, Long Wharf Theater and The Institute Library.

July 13, 2020

We are pleased to announce the grantees for 2020:

Arte. Inc. received $5,000 to support its Saturday Academy for youth ages 7-17. The students will be involved in diverse activities - arts, traditions, and cultures - to build cultural understanding, awareness, and acceptance. 

Artspace received $15,000 to support 10 artists with international roots to devise works for the 24th annual City-Wide Open Studios visual art festival. 

City Seed received $20,000 to support Sanctuary kitchen as it creates training modules for refugee and immigrant chef apprentices in areas including food safety, menu development, and public speaking skills. 

Leadership, Education and Athletics in Partnership, Inc. (LEAP) received $12,000 to create an after school learning unit on global cultures with a culminating festival open to the public. 

New Haven Land Trust received $15,000 to expand program offerings that engage international communities in New Haven's gardens and to promote intercultural awareness and exchange. 


Programming 2020

May 1, 2017

Grant recipients 2019

We are pleased to announce the grantees for 2019: 

The Creative Arts Workshop will invite immigrant artists, both local and from around the nation, to submit works in painting, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, and other media for a Fall 2019 exhibition to be accompanied by workshops, cooking demonstrations, roundtable talks, and other events open to the public.  The goal of the project is to provide an opportunity for the artists and the public to explore issues of place, cultural identity, and dislocation. 

For Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS) the grant will help to develop and expand its Public Education about Refugees (PEAR) program.  Under this program, Refugee Ambassadors and immigrants will be trained to tell their stories in a public forum.  They will then speak in schools, colleges, libraries, churches and other settings to help increase understanding of issues related to refugees, immigrants, and asylum seekers and foster appreciation of the richness of the cultures these individuals bring to the United States.

The grant will enable Long Wharf Theatre to continue and expand its Newcomer Play Project.  This project provides training and a public platform for recent immigrants and refugees to use speech and drama to convey their personal experiences in their countries of origin and in their new homes in this country. The project will culminate in performances at the Long Wharf Theatre on a weekend in June of 2020 which will be open to the public. 

For the Institute Library the grant will help support an exhibition titled “Melted Pots and Cooked Books.”  An open call will invite applicants from diverse backgrounds to submit favorite cookbooks, recipes, artworks, and utensils that engage with this theme.  In addition to the exhibition, the project will include recipe readings, story sharing events, and cooking and tasting workshops, as well as the compilation of a cookbook at the end of the project.

The New Haven Symphony Orchestra will use the grant to present a free concert on the New Haven Green, as part of the Festival of Arts and Ideas.  The concert will feature the 3-time Grammy-nominated Afro-Caribbean music group Tiempo Libre and New Haven’s own  St. Luke’s String Band.  The concert will also introduce the orchestra’s new Music Director, Maestro Alasdair Neale.


Lunar New Year 2019

NHSO June 2019


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