We are extremely pleased to announce the 2017 White Mountain National Forest Artist in Residence: Steve Wilkes, a professor in the percussion department at Berklee College of Music in Boston. During his residency this summer, Wilkes will initiate the process of creating an aural map of the Forest through field work that will include recordings of wildlife and insects, waterfalls and rivers, as well as human activity. The recordings will be mapped and made accessible online. Wilkes will also offer a series of public workshops and lectures with the intent of providing WMNF residents and visitors the tools - and know-how - to continue this work and contribute to the ongoing sound file collection." More details – and an Artist in Residence page for Steve – coming soon!
Free classes for adults 55 and older continue to be 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 nature photography class, based at the Littleton Area Senior Center and led by photographer and teaching artist John Anderson Thursday afternoons from June 15 to August 3. Participants in the class will explore what it means to see the world around us through the camera lens, how to capture our vision of nature in photographs, and how to understand and discuss photography in new ways. Read more about "Experience/Arts" here, click here to register for the photography class.
A free workshop to help para-educators make the most impact for student growth in art and music classes will be led by Deborah Stuart, VSA New Hampshire, as part of North Country Education Services' Para-Educator Series Thursday, May 11, from 4 to 8 pm at NCES in Gorham (and at satellite sites around the region). Stipends are available for paras working in NH schools. Click here to learn more and here to register.
We're celebrating our members in May! Are you an Arts Alliance member – artist, organization, creative business, proud parent? We're planning to highlight members' work in our May Celebration of the Arts on Facebook and the web. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to be considered for inclusion.
We have concluded this year's formal regional artist residencies, but we're still working with many school and community partners on custom-designed programs, from assemblies and workshops to community performances to one- or two-day residencies. If you'd like to piggyback on one of these opportunities, or develop one of your own, email us at email@example.com. We also invite you to help us plan! As we prepare for the summer and for the 2017-18 school year, we're eager to hear from you, and are planning a series of informal regional convenings – for arts presenters, music educators, social-service providers, dance programs, parents and arts advocates. If you're interested, we encourage you to email us to let us know, and we'll invite you to these gatherings. We want your voice to be heard!
Are you a high-school or college student who'd like to learn more about the arts this summer? We're creating a series of opportunities for involvement for young people who'd like to experience hands-on arts and nonprofit work as part of their summer activities. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to hear more – or if you know someone who might.
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.
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.
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.