The International Festival of Arts & Ideas has named Oklahoma-raised Bobby Asher as the new director of programming. Asher, director of at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland, will be officially introduced to the Arts & Ideas board on September 16th and begin work full-time in October here, it was announced. Festival Co-Directors Liz Fisher and Tom Griggs said:
Bobby Asher immediately impressed us with his creativity, wide-ranging expertise, and passion for the arts. He’s known for leading innovative projects that are as exhilarating as they are challenging and that draw diverse voices into conversation about critical contemporary issues. We are thrilled to welcome him as the Festival’s new Director of Programming and are certain that he will be a collaborative partner eager to engage with New Haven as he develops a 25th Anniversary Festival that will resonate with—and inspire—our community.