• CT Parent Magazine



The International Festival of Arts & Ideas, now in the fifth week of digital and live programming of its 25th Anniversary Season, announces details of Virtual Box City, the extension of Arts on Call, and additional KeyBank Food events.

“We are so excited that Box City, one of the Festival’s most popular community and family-oriented programs, kicks off this week in a digital format that will provide a fun and educational experience for some of our youngest New Haven residents,” said Co-Directors Liz Fisher and Tom Griggs. “We are also thrilled by the enormous response so far to the Arts on Call and KeyBank Food events, which directly support local artists and businesses.”

Virtual Box City

One of the longest-running Festival programs, Box City invites children of all ages to create a visionary, temporary, recyclable model city of the future, advised and assisted by local architects, makers, and city planners. This year, there are two ways to participate:

Box City @ Home: young entrepreneurs can construct a building with craft supplies and recyclable materials found at home, and submit a photo to the City Plan.

Box City: Minecraft Edition: Anyone with the Windows 10 version of Minecraft can join in constructing a virtual Box City on the Minecraft server at https://boxcity.org.

The Festival will host a series of three interactive, online events:

  • June 6: Learn Minecraft and become a Virtual Box City Master Builder event

  • June 13: Groundbreaking and Build Together

  • Whether in Minecraft or a physical box with art supplies from your home join us to work on Box City together.  Ask questions of our experts, join in a play date with the Box City community.

  • June 20: Ribbon Cutting and final Build Together

Box City is presented in partnership with Pickard Chilton with additional support from Suzio York Hill.

Arts on Call

Due to popular demand, the Festival’s Arts on Call program, which connects New Haven residents with local artists who are available to perform socially distant, outdoor performances, has been extended through June 14. To date, 36 individual artists or small ensembles who are isolating together have participated, with 65 performances booked to date. All performance fees go directly to the performing artists. 

The Arts on Call itinerary is updated regularly online (https://www.artidea.org/artsoncall). 

WSHU is a media sponsor of the 2020 International Festival of Arts & Ideas, including Arts on Call.

KeyBank Food Events

To date, the Festival has hosted five virtual KeyBank Food events, with The Stack & Black Hog Brewing, Tavern on State, Ordinary & Roia, 116 Crown, and Zinc, with nearly 500 New Haven residents opening their virtual windows to each other on Zoom. All event fees go directly to the individual participating establishments. 

More information about KeyBank Food series events and registration is available atwww.artidea.org/food-experiences.

The KeyBank Food series is made possible thanks to the support of KeyBank.

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