The International Festival of Arts & Ideas is the only festival of its kind in the state of Connecticut, offering the public an opportunity to hear from preeminent thinkers from around the world about the most pressing issues of our time. Our Ideas program have reached more than 100,000 at more than 500 Ideas talks since we first began. Topics are based on both what is happening socially and politically, as well as topics that reflect our shared humanity in a way that transcends the news of the day. During our most-recent Ideas series, presented virtually due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, we presented 17 events which engaged an audience of 21,164. This funding will support programming for the 2021 Ideas season.