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Our mission is to promote, support & sustain culture, heritage & the arts in Northern New Hampshire
AANNH is a regional resource, presenting partner programs in schools & communities; producing print and on-line cultural guides; and providing assistance and opportunities to artists, schools, organizations, and arts supporters throughout our region.

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The Arts Alliance is grateful for the operating support provided by grants from the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, NHCF

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We invite experienced and emerging artists to apply for the 2018 White Mountain National Forest artist residency; this year’s residency will be part of the Centennial Celebration of the WMNF, established May 16, 1918. The deadline for applications has been extended to April 5, 2018. Learn more about the residency process and find application materials here.


Our Annual Reading/Writing Conference for educators, dedicated to the memory of Donald Graves, will take place Saturday, March 31 at Kennett High School, North Conway. Presented in partnership with the Conway School District, the 2018 conference features Kelly Gallagher, author of many highly respected books on reading and writing. Learn more here.


We're excited to offer two family concerts as part of our New England Brass residency -- in Franconia on Thursday, April 5, and North Conway on Friday, April 6. These presentations blend fine musicianship, education, comedy, classics and familiar melodies to create an exhilarating experience for all listeners. Buy tickets in advance and save.


Help celebrate Youth Arts Month! We're collaborating with the NH Arts Learning Network and arts education leaders across disciplines and across the state to bring attention to the amazing work of NH youth and showcase the outcomes of participation in high-quality arts instruction. Learn about statewide celebrations here, see what's being planned, and add your events to the map. Consider inviting elected officials such as school board members or local legislators to a school performance or to simply spend time observing students engaged in creative activities. Use our Arts Learning Toolkit to help you organize and plan for your event.


Lorraine Chapman, one of New England’s most respected choreographers, will be working with dancers – and non-dancers – on contemporary dance and interdisciplinary movement in a multi-part residency that continues through April. Lorraine will work solo for several days, offering classes for dancers and theater artists around the region, including ballet, modern and Grotowski-based movement awareness and improv sessions, and will then be joined by her company for a series of community residency days. Learn more here.


Acclaimed performer Bonnie Duncan blends puppetry, dance and physical theatre in surprising and delightful ways. Her shows are performed entirely without words and will surprise and delight audiences of all ages. From April 9 through 14, Bonnie will present her shows Squirrel Stole My Underpants and Lollipops for Breakfast for schools and communities across our region, and offer workshops for students and teachers. Read more here.


We are thrilled to announce that our Experience/Arts partnership with Grafton County Senior Citizens Council has been awarded a second year of funding from Aroha Philanthropies and the Couch Family Foundation.That means we’ll be able to offer another series of eight arts classes for adults ages 55 and older – in Plymouth, Haverhill, Lebanon and Littleton, and perhaps in Lincoln and Canaan as well. If you are a potential participant, please contact us at to make sure you are put on the list to hear what classes have been scheduled. Read more about Experience/Arts here.



We've designed a great program list – including many exciting regional residencies – for our 2017-18. anniversary year. Check out the 2018 winter/spring artist residencies – from traditional and chamber music to circus arts, contemporary dance to children’s theater -- here, and contact us for details of these and other upcoming programs (including special offerings on slam poetry, Afghan culture, and African drumming). If you're interested in cultural programs, partnerships or outreach opportunities, we encourage you to email or call us to let us know, and we'll be glad to talk or meet with you.