The Guilford Performing Arts Festival brings joy to thousands of people on the Shoreline, from audiences for nearly every kind of music, theater and dance to schoolchildren, who have a chance to study with some of the most innovative performing artists in the country.
You can see the impact we had in 2019 by viewing our 2019 Festival Summary & Impact Report.
In 2021, we’ll stage six world premieres by Connecticut artists in dance, drama, music and spoken word—plus present at least a dozen public workshops and master classes at two Guilford public schools. Please help us deliver on our mission of providing the Shoreline with great entertainment and innovative education while making a positive contribution to the cultural and economic vibrancy of Guilford!
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Our hard-working board and crew of more than 60 volunteers commit thousands of hours planning and putting on every festival—searching for and booking the best talent we can find, collaborating with the town and coordinating logistics at 14 venues, putting together programs in the public schools and making you as comfortable as you can be at every show.
We charge no admission fees for any shows, and for most of our performers, the money they make from your free-will donations at their shows will be their only compensation. It costs tens of thousands of dollars to put on every festival, and we can’t do it without your help.
Join us! Become a founding donor or sponsor. Help us shape the festival, put on the next great show, build something to last and keep all events FREE. Please make a tax-deductible contribution today.
We have five donor levels and appreciate donations of any amount:
- Platinum ($2,500+)
- Gold ($1,000+)
- Silver ($500+)
- Bronze ($100+)
- Patron ($1-$99)
Contact Peter Hawes, acting chairman, if you have any questions, wish to make a donation of extraordinary generosity or be a significant sponsor of the festival. If you’re a foundation or governmental grant-making entity, contact Donita Aruny, board secretary and grants administrator.
We’re a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and your gifts are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Please support us with your major grant or tax-deductible contribution, by sponsoring an act or a venue, by purchasing an ad in our program, and by being generous with your free-will donations at the shows.
You may also donate by mail. Mail donations to: Guilford Performing Arts Festival, 85 Church Street, Guilford, CT 06437.
To reach thousands of potential customers and raise the visibility of your good work on the Shoreline, sponsor a show or a venue, or buy an ad in our printed and online programs, contact our festival vice chairman and head of programming, Peter Hawes.