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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. To learn more about the Arts Alliance, click here.

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Here at our website you can:

Find information about upcoming cultural events throughout the region or download our most recent ArtsNorth e-bulletin.

Read about the artists and performers who can bring our programs to your school or community

Browse our listing of Arts Alliance member organizations, businesses and artists

Connect to the arts through our many volunteer opportunities

Learn about the heritage sites you can visit in Northern New Hampshire

Sign up to receive email bulletins on specific topics (and check our e-bulletin deadlines for submitting event listings)

Become a member and support the efforts of the Arts Alliance. Now you can join or renew online


Arts North Event Calendar

North Country Heritage Guide

Arts Gallery


Check out our BYOP photo album

Heart of the Silk Road

The Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire is a not-for-profit consortium of organizations, schools, businesses, artists and individuals with a mission to promote, support

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

the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts

and the National Endowment for the Arts.



Not Your Mom's Musical Theater returns to the Medallion Opera House in Gorham on Friday, February 12, with "The Musical of Musicals: The Musical!" The off-Broadway show parodies the styles of five different composers. Don't miss the return of this talented troupe in their only northern New Hampshire performance this winter, a terrific addition to your Valentine's Day weekend celebration. Reserve your tickets today; save big by purchasing them in advance!


WMNF Artist in Residence

We are pleased to open the application process for the 2016 White Mountain National Forest Artist in Residence program. The Arts Alliance partners with the Forest Service and the Friends of Mead Base to offer a summer/fall residency opportunity of three weeks or more to an outstanding professional or emerging artist in any medium. Visual and performing artists, craftspeople, writers, composers, eco artists and media artists are all invited to apply for the residency, in which they can pursue their art while being inspired by the forest and sharing their work with members of the public. Read more and download application documents here, or email with any questions. Deadline for applications is March 15, 2016.


Cartoonist, musician, and educator Marek Bennett leads discovery-based Comics Workshops for all ages, addressing any subject - from writing to science and math, history to contemporary issues - in school- and community-based programs and projects. Offerings include assemblies; classroom, educator and family workshops; and community talks. Marek will be working with us throughout the winter. Learn more here and download a brochure about his programs here.


We're bringing this year's Arts in Early Learning conference to Plymouth on Saturday, March 5, and to Berlin in a two-part format on the evenings of Wednesday, March 30, and Monday, April 4. In this conference for early-childhood educators (pre-K to grade 2), preschool and child-care administrators and care providers, librarians and teaching artists, parents and grandparents, we'll share creative ways to help children express and explore their experiences as they begin to understand their similarities and differences. Participants will engage in an array of hands-on activities that can be readily adapted for immediate use in the early childhood classroom, day-care center, library or home. Presented as part of our Arts in Inclusive Learning partnership with VSA New Hampshire, under a contract with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Learn more and register here.


We invite you to check out our school program page for information on upcoming regional residencies and professional development opportunities for educators and artists. Upcoming visiting artists include hip-hop dance duo The Wondertwins, female world music ensemble Zili Misik and comic artist Marek Bennett. Take advantage of our great rates on both teacher workshops and in-school arts opportunities! For more information on how to sign up, please email


Michael Zerphy

Vermont-based mime, clown, storyteller and theater artist Michael Zerphy will be visiting local schools and communities throughout the fall! and winter! Michael's hilarious and educational school shows promote positive choices and learning from mistakes. Learn more about his offerings here, and email us if you'd like to book a program for your community.


Calling all High School Students

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.

Less than a week after announcing that Lucy Calkins is our presenter for next year's Write Now! conference on April 2, 2016, we are completely full, with a long waiting list. With the exception of SAU 9 faculty, staff, parents and residents, we are now accepting registrations for the waiting list only; click here to learn more and to register for the waiting list. Thank you for the overwhelming response; we truly wish we had room for everyone who would like to attend!

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 if you'd like to show the film or learn more about it.

weeks act

The Weeks Act Legacy Trail is a new, self-guided driving tour of the White Mountains; you can check it out at 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.

aannhOn Stage in the White Mountains Promotes Performing Arts Organizations
Check Out Our On Stage Google Map
on stage

Summer in northern New Hampshire is all about lakes, mountains, swimming, hiking - and spectacular music, theater, poetry, festivals and more! Check out this online map for listings of 25 Arts Alliance member organizations involved as producers or presenters of the performing arts. (To help you get to them, use our Google map; click here to see the On Stage map and find out more about these terrific organizations.).

aannhWe've Gone "Social"!
Become an Arts Alliance Fan on Facebook

facebookThe 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 E–Bulletin – and to sign up to receive new ones, click here.

ArtsNorth Calendar

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 with questions and comments.