Summer's officially here; we're soaking up sun -- and finalizing plans for next year! We invite educators, administrators, parents' groups, librarians, and all those interested in cultural programs throughout our region to help us finalize plans for the 2017-18 school year by completing this Program Survey. And educators and youth workers are also encouraged to fill out our Professional Development Survey -- click here to access it. Your feedback is hugely important to us! We also welcome comments, ideas and suggestions now and throughout the year.
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. Community members are invited to a special celebration of our “Working with Clay” class the evening of July 26th at Horse Meadow Senior Center in Haverhill. And watch for our second round of classes this fall, in Plymouth, Lebanon, Littleton and Haverhill! Read more about "Experience/Arts" here.
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. Read more here.
We spent the month of May showcasing our member/partner organizations and member artists as part of our 30th anniversary celebration; click to see the 30 slides posted, honoring the work of individual artists, cultural organizations and nonprofits and businesses whose work incorporates the arts.
We have concluded this school year's formal regional artist residencies, but we're still working with many school and community partners on custom-designed programs, from 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 work with you. If you're interested in cultural programs, partnerships and 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.
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.