9 Gwen John, Still Life with a Prayer Book, Shawl, Vase of Flowers and Inkwell Late 1920s, oil on canvas, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection Greater New Haven continues to raise the cultural bar with memorable exhibits, events and performances. Annual events include the two-week extravaganza of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, country fairs, craft festivals, summer concert series and City-wide Open Studios. In July (13- 15), the Guilford Art Center celebrates the 61st anniversary of its Craft Expo 2018, celebrating the arts with its extensive array of handmade crafts by 180 nationally-recognized American artists. Visual art lovers will enjoy strolling through our many galleries and museums, including the Yale Center for British Art and the Yale University Art Gallery. Smaller galleries throughout the region showcase the painting, pottery, sculpture and jewelry created by local artists. Theater-goers can catch both traditional and progressive shows at the Shubert, Yale Repertory and Long Wharf theaters in New Haven. A little further afield, Goodspeed Musicals in East Haddam brings you exciting musical theater along the scenic Connecticut River. If you are interested in both art and history, Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University is a must-see. Both exquisite and heart wrenching, the museum contains the world’s largest collection of Great Hunger-related art by noted contemporary Irish and Irish American artists. Smaller galleries throughout the region showcase the painting, pottery, sculpture and jewelry created by local artists. Arts More Than Quality Of Life, The Arts Are A Way Of Life