Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) Artist in Residence program. Application deadline is March 3, 2017, with notification by April 14, 2017. Applications are welcome from both established and emerging artists in all media for the 7th year of the program, a celebration of the connections between forest, landscape and culture. Click here for details and application materials..
Free classes for adults 55 and older are being offered as part of our "Experience/Arts" partnership with the Grafton County Senior Citizens Council, made possible by one of only 15 national grants awarded by Aroha Philanthropies through its Seeding Artful Aging initiative. Artful aging programs are intended to inspire and enable older adults to learn, make and share the arts in ways that are novel, complex and socially engaging. Registration is now open for the first three classes: "Opening Windows: Exploring & Writing Poetry" Fridays March 10 to April 28 in Lebanon; "The Art Around Us" Fridays April 7 to June 9 in Plymouth; and "Working with Clay" in North Haverhill, Tuesdays May 2-June 20. Read more about "Experience/Arts" here. Register here for the poetry class, here for the art class, and here for "Working with Clay." You can also register in person, by phone, or by email at the senior centers.
We're excited about "Telling Our Stories," our new pilot writing partnership with the Vermont College of Fine Arts Young Writers Network. The program is bringing published children's and YA authors to work with students in six Coos County schools. It also includes free educator and community workshops and readings, continuing with a reading by N. Griffin in Lancaster February 23, hands-on art and writing workshops with Tamara Ellis Smith in Berlin March 9, and a community celebration March 23 at The Tillotson Center in Colebrook.
Click here for details. Preregistration is requested for the workshops.
Join us for a conference that provides creative ways to use the arts to help young children explore the wonderful world of weather and the seasons of the year. We'll share movement, music, drama and visual arts activities that are engaging and joyful and that can be readily adapted for immediate use in the early childhood (pre-k to grade 2) classroom , day-care center, library or home. Two conference dates and locations will be offered: click here for more information and to register for the Saturday March 4th Amherst location and click here to select the Saturday March 11th Franconia conference.
Using the Museum of the White Mountains exhibit "Forecasting: Climate Change and Water Impact" as inspiration, explore ways to overlap and integrate art, science, technology and writing. Workshops will be both informational and hands-on; you'll leave with tangible and practical tools and ideas you can implement in your classroom. Presented by the museum in partnership with the Arts Alliance, the NH State Council on the Arts, the NH Arts Learning Network and Plymouth State University's Arts & Technology and Tourism, Environment & Sustainable Development clusters. Learn more here, and register here.
Sensei Stuart Paton of Burlington Taiko returns, by popular demand, for a northern New Hampshire artist residency March 8-17. And he's joined by members of the troupe for two community concerts - one in Gorham and one in Colebrook - on Saturday, March 18. Schools, preschools, after-school programs, and community organizations and presenters of all kinds are invited to host a performance, assembly or hands-on drumming or dance workshop with Stuart. Read more about school programs here, and about community programs and concerts here.
We're joining forces with the Karl Drerup Art Gallery (KDAG) as they highlight student artwork from around the region in Plymouth State's Silver Center for the Arts February 2-26. The exhibit continues through February 26. Click here for exhibition details.
Our annual Write Now! conference for educators is set for Saturday, April 8, 2017! The theme: AMPLIFY! Digital Teaching and Learning. The presenters: Heinemann authors Katie Muhtaris and Kristin Ziemke. The location: Kennett High School, North Conway. Katie and Kristin will help amplify your literacy curriculum with guidance on explicitly teaching kids how to be effective digital readers and thinkers; giving students practice with closely reading images, infographics, and video; and emphasizing student ownership and creativity. Read more and register here.
Arts educators, administrators, SPED and classroom teachers and teaching artists are invited to join us for one of two workshops led by Marcia McCaffrey, Arts Consultant at the NH Department of Education. The workshops, presented through a partnership with the NH Arts Learning Network, have been created in response to the many questions teachers are asking about how to implement and assess the NH Arts Model Competencies. Click here to learn more and register for Concord, here for Gorham.
We invite you to check out our school program page for information on upcoming regional residencies (including Sensei Stuart Paton of Burlington Taiko in March and Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers in April) and professional development opportunities for educators and artists. Take advantage of our great member rates on both teacher workshops and in-school arts opportunities! For more information on how to sign up, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Middle and high school students from throughout northern New Hampshire are invited to participate in our Youth Arts programs! There are lots of workshops and events and plenty of volunteer opportunities being planned for fall. Click here to learn more and get involved.
Would you like to show "Mother Nature's Child," the award-winning documentary illustrating the importance and value of children's engagement with the outdoors, in your school or community? We're continuing our partnership with the Appalachian Mountain Club, NH Children in Nature Coalition and the UNH Cooperative Extension to make the film available for public viewings and discussions. Contact us at email@example.com if you'd like to show the film or learn more about it.
The Weeks Act Legacy Trail is a new, self-guided driving tour of the White Mountains; you can check it out at www.weeksactlegacytrail.org. Helping travelers along the way are an audio tour and print tour as well as an online virtual tour and mobile tour customized for smart phones. You can also stop at a Forest Service visitor center to pick up a free trail brochure. Named after The Weeks Act, the watershed conservation legislation of 1911 that led to the creation of the National Forest System, the tour spans 100-miles and stops at 40 signature White Mountain destinations. Destinations are categorized by eight themes: Art and Literature, Conservation History, Ecology and Nature, History and Cultural Heritage, Kids and Families, Recreation, Scenery and Photographic Opportunities and Water. Each site is fun to visit on its own; together, they contribute to a meaningful understanding of the past, present and potential future of these protected lands The Arts Alliance is proud to be part of the team for this important project.
We're proud to be coordinating partner for the New Hampshire Arts Learning Network, a collaborative of individuals, organizations and groups with a common interest in arts education, working to support quality arts learning for all students in New Hampshire. Please join us on the network website to share information, resources and services; find out about arts education news and events; learn about federal and state policy and how local education agencies fulfill policy requirements; and access arts education advocacy tools and ideas. On the site you'll also find a toolkit to help you invite an elected official to your school or community arts site to witness first-hand the power of the arts in learning.
We've Gone "Social"!
Become an Arts Alliance Fan on Facebook
The Arts Alliance is now on Facebook. Find us at Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire. Check out our postings and join us as a fan. We'll be keeping you up to date on events happening around the region, and invite you to let us know what you're thinking about.
Northern New Hampshire History and Heritage: A Map & Guide
The Arts Alliance, in collaboration with partner organizations throughout our region, has produced a brochure that serves as a map and guide to historic sites throughout the North Country, from Plymouth to Pittsburg. It includes a brief history of our region, great vintage photographs, and a comprehensive listing of historical societies, museums, and heritage sites.
We are in the process of adding a new "History & Heritage" section to this site, with additional information and links to related websites. We invite you to visit it and comment on it now, by clicking here. Free copies of the History and Heritage Map & Guide are available. More...
ArtsNorth Cultural Event Bulletin
The North Country from Plymouth to Pittsburg is brimming with a wealth of arts, culture and heritage offerings and events not only during the summer, but throughout the year. In an effort to increase awareness of the programs, places, and performances that highlight our cultural lives, the Arts Alliance has designed an ArtsNorth calendar bulletin for you, your friends and your guests. To see our most recent Events EBulletin and to sign up to receive new ones, click here.
Check the ArtsNorth Calendar for upcoming arts and humanities events all around our region. You'll be amazed at the variety and quality of programs. And let us know about what's happening in your school and community so that we can help spread the word.
AANNH Events & Programs
Go to our AANNH Events & Programs page to learn about and find registration forms for current Alliance offerings and ongoing programs and partnerships. We'd also like to hear what cultural programs you'd like to see in your community, and to help you make them happen.
Email us if you'ld like to receive our Fall/Winter Roster of Programs for Schools & Communities. It will be available by email and in hard copy at the end of September.
Visit Our Online Arts Gallery!
Check out the AANNH Online Arts Gallery, providing a web presence and links for North Country artists, arts businesses, galleries, and cultural organizations of all kinds.
The gallery has been made possible through the generous support of the Northern NH Foundation and the NH State Council on the Arts and the invaluable partnership of TechLink NH.
Click here to enter and view our Gallery. Be sure to click on the artwork for a better view- And visit often as the gallery grows, to learn about our region's talented artists, dedicated organizations, and exciting arts businesses.
Join us in our online Gallery: If you are an artist in music, theater, literary arts, visual and media arts, interdisciplinary arts, or crafts--this is a great, low-cost way to show and share your work to potential presenters, purchasers, patrons, or publishers. If you run an arts business or organization, here's a chance to reach artists and arts lovers in our region and beyond, and to show your support for, and involvement in, northern New Hampshire's cultural future.
To download a gallery information sheet in MS Word format, click here. Download the individual artist gallery registration form here and the organizations & businesses gallery registration form here.
North Country Cultural Plan
The Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire and its partners have been working to develop a regional cultural plan for the North Country, with the goal of offering strategic and realistic recommendations for action that can be taken at the regional, sub-regional, local and agency levels to enrich cultural life, improve access to programming, and increase educational and participatory opportunities in the arts and culture throughout northern New Hampshire.
The process is supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the NH State Council on the Arts and by generous donations from Public Service of NH and the Citizens Bank Foundation
Download the plan.PDF. Your suggestions, and ideas are most welcome please call us at 323-7302 or email firstname.lastname@example.org-- with questions and comments.