"How I Go from Here to There" -- our conference for early-childhood educators (preK-grade 2), preschool and child-care administrators and providers, plus librarians, teaching artists and family members -- takes place Saturday, October 28, from 9 am to 3 pm at Preschool in the Village, Amherst, NH. Discover a multitude of arts-based activities that help young children explore how things work in the world and learn about all the exciting ways we move and travel – in our imaginations, with our bodies through space, as well as travel in cars, sleds, planes -- and rockets! Through music, movement, creative drama and visual arts, participants will experience a wealth of activities they can use with children in classrooms, child-care settings, community sites and at home. Learn more and register here.
Registration is now open for Teaching Innovation & Creativity, the annual education conference offered by the NH State Council on the Arts. We're excited to partner again with the Arts Council – and to announce that the conference is back in our region: in Littleton, Friday, November 3 and Saturday, November 4! Presenters include Alan November (one of Tech and Learning Magazine's 15 most influential thinkers of the decade), on "Critical Thinking & Media Literacy; artist in residence Gowri Savoor ("Building Lanterns and Community"); and choreographer Yo-EL Cassell. There were also be panel discussions; workshops led by juried teaching artists in media, dance, theater, visual arts, music and design; and much more. Read more and register here.
Our second round of classes – Nature Photography in Plymouth, Creative Movement in Haverhill, and Choral Singing in Lebanon – is now in full swing. Watch for invitations to the culminating events in November and December. Read more here.
We've designed a great program list – including exciting regional residencies – for our 2017-18 anniversary year. As we start the 2017-2018 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. Check out our upcoming residencies here. Full details will be posted soon.
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 Kylene Beers, a author of many highly respected books on literacy. Register by September 15 and save!
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Our 2017 WMNF Artist in Residence Steve Wilkes, a professor in the percussion department at Berklee College of Music in Boston, spent three weeks with us this summer. Steve started his Hear the Forest project, a 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 are being mapped and made accessible online at heartheforest.org. Let Steve know about your favorite forest sounds!