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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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Artist-in-Residence Program

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.

Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire


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This month we're showcasing our member/partner organizations and member artists as part of our 30th anniversary celebration; watch for 30 slides in 30 days! If you'd like to be included, we invite you to share what you'll be up to this month (and if you're not a member, now is a great time to join)! We'll also be featuring one slide a day on our Facebook page. Sample events include: a school residency, concert or arts night; a public performance; a poetry reading; a workshop for teenagers; a lecture/demonstration; or a gallery exhibit or opening. All art forms are welcome! Members, please send one or two high-resolution images to, and fill out this Google form with a brief artist bio/organization description and a 3-4 sentence summary of your May event, program or project.


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. The first four classes are all full, but registrations are being accepted for the waiting list 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 waiting list. Community members are invited to an informal exhibit of hand-made artist books created by members of "The Art Around Us" class at the Plymouth Regional Senior Center; the exhibit will open at 11 am Thursday, June 15, followed by the Center's Father's Day luncheon at noon and a discussion with class members about their work at 1 pm.


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 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 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 if you'd like to hear more – or if you know someone who might.