We've designed a great program list – including many exciting regional residencies – for our 2017-18. anniversary year. Check out the 2018 winter/spring artist residencies – from traditional and chamber music to circus arts, contemporary dance to children’s theater -- here, and contact us for details of these and other upcoming programs (including special offerings on slam poetry, Afghan culture, and African drumming). If you're interested in cultural programs, partnerships or 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.
We’re pleased to be working once again in support of Plymouth State’s 23rd Annual Integrated Arts Conference Friday, January 26. All elementary and secondary classroom teachers, administrators, arts educators and artists are invited to participate in this hands-on conference, focusing on arts integration, inclusion and diversity. (Bonus: this year’s ETC musical, HAIRSPRAY!) You can register online or by phone. Learn more here.
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.
Learn more here.
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! And watch for news about applying for the 2018 residency – we’ll be opening the process in early 2018.
What a wonderful time we had with our arts classes for older adults! Our partnership with Grafton County Senior Citizens Council allowed us to provide classes in nature photography, creative movement, ukulele, clay, painting and poetry at sites in Plymouth, Haverhill, Littleton and Lebanon. Huge thanks to Aroha Philanthropies and the Couch Foundation for their support. We’re hoping to start a second year of programming in 2018 -- watch for a survey announcement in early February; we'd love to hear your thoughts. Read more here.