The Connecticut festival built a national profile during its 11 years in Goshen [and 2 years in Litchfield]. However the nonprofit Litchfield Performing Arts did so while bearing the full weight of fundraising, site rental, and hiring police and other personnel. This summer, the arts organization will present the festival at a new site and receive community support for the first time.
Litchfield Performing Arts reached an agreement to rent a private school for its summer youth program [Litchfield Jazz Camp] in nearby Kent. The Kent [School and] Chamber of Commerce invited the arts organization to stage the festival on the school’s grounds at no additional cost. The recruiting pitch amounted to a partnership between the festival and the community.