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Congratulations to the 2024/25 Recipients of IANH Grants!

 2024 Grantees

April 12, 2024

We are pleased to announce this year’s recipients of IANH grants!

2024 Grantees and Board

The Church Street Alliance for Family Engagement PTA in Hamden will conduct a week-long Multicultural Festival, during which students will be immersed with specific countries and cultures.  In a schoolwide celebration, they will then pass along their learning to other students and to the families of the school.  Also, during the school year, a Cultural Exposure Project will provide opportunities for student to experience history and traditions in Connecticut through a variety of focused field trips.

The Collective for Refugee and Immigrant Women’s Wellbeing has been facilitating two projects with a group of women from rural Afghanistan to provide opportunities for these women to tell their stories.  In Photovoice, participants photograph, record and reflect upon their experiences.  In a Fabric Arts Workshop, the group is involved in a process of developing ideas of “home” into a finished textile piece and narrative.  Public exhibits of these projects in the New Haven community will offer a forum for discussion, building social connections, and enhancing intercultural understanding.

LEAP (Leadership, Education and Athletics in Partnership) will embark on a project called “Cultural Connections through Art and Music” for the 700 New Haven youth ages 7 – 12 in its summer and after-school programs.  Students will have classes in enriching activities like African dance, Brazilian Capoeira (ceramics focusing on African and Asian traditions) and painting inspired by international artists.  Each session will culminate in an Expo with each group of students sharing what they have learned with each other and with their families.

Music Haven will undertake a project called “Voices: Untold Stories” which will present the stories of local refugees and immigrants and their unique experiences.  “Storytellers” from Iraq, Afghanistan, Republic of Congo, Mexico and Ukraine will share their stories through interactive workshops involving music shared by Music Haven’s professional musicians and their students.  Audience members will also participate by sharing their own stories, which will elicit musical improvisation.  Music Haven’s high school students will plan and assist with up to ten workshops, and the culmination will be a film documenting the project, which will be shared with the community.

The New Haven Symphony Orchestra will offer Free Family Concerts at the New Haven Green, the Stetson Library Branch of the New Haven Free Public Library, and the Reggie Mayo Early Learning Center.  The concerts showcase diverse books and stories and provide an introduction to the orchestra and to other cultures.  For example, one concert will feature the story of Anansi, the Spider, a folk tale from the Akan people of Ghana that promotes an understanding of the importance of fairness and sharing.

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. 


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