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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.

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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

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We invite experienced and emerging artists to apply for the 2018 White Mountain National Forest artist residency; this year’s residency will be part of the Centennial Celebration of the WMNF, established May 16, 1918. Deadline for applications is March 20, 2018. Learn more about the residency process and find application materials here.


Our next residency, March 5-16, offers the perfect way to combat cabin fever, as we welcome Troy Wunderle and his one-man Big Top Circus programs. These include community circus shows, hands-on workshops for large or small groups, and customized skill-building programs for your school, organization or business. Learn more here and download the residency flyer here.


Help celebrate Youth Arts Month! We're collaborating with the NH Arts Learning Network and arts education leaders across disciplines and across the state to bring attention to the amazing work of NH youth and showcase the outcomes of participation in high-quality arts instruction. Learn about statewide celebrations here, see what's being planned, and add your events to the map. Consider inviting elected officials such as school board members or local legislators to a school performance or to simply spend time observing students engaged in creative activities. Use our Arts Learning Toolkit to help you organize and plan for your event.


William Alexander is not only a best-selling, award-winning author of fantasy and science fiction for kids. He is also an extraordinary, engaging instructor with a background in theatre and folklore. As part of a residency designed with our partners at the Vermont College of Fine Arts Young Writers Network, Will will spend four days with middle-school students in Ashland and Campton and will offer a community writers’ workshop and a public reading Monday, March 12.


We’re bringing our Arts in Early Learning conference for pre-K to grade 2 educators and care providers to Littleton March 17. 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, all focused on how things work in the world and 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! We'll be singing, dancing and creating unique "vehicles" for our travels – and paying special attention to meeting the needs of all children. Learn more here.


Lorraine Chapman, one of New England’s most respected choreographers, will be working with dancers – and non-dancers – on contemporary dance and interdisciplinary movement in a multi-part residency that continues through April. Lorraine will work solo for several days, offering classes for dancers and theater artists around the region, including ballet, modern and Grotowski-based movement awareness and improv sessions, and will then be joined by her company for a series of community residency days. 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, author of many highly respected books on literacy. Learn more here.


Now in their 38th season, the New England Brass has performed for over 20,000 school children throughout New England. Their presentations blend education, comedy, classics and familiar melodies to create an exhilarating experience for all listeners. Learn more about their April 5-6 residency here.


Acclaimed performer Bonnie Duncan blends puppetry, dance and physical theatre in surprising and delightful ways. Her shows are performed entirely without words and will surprise and delight audiences of all ages. From April 9 through 14, Bonnie will present her shows Squirrel Stole My Underpants and Lollipops for Breakfast for schools and communities across our region, and offer workshops for students and teachers. Read more here.


We are thrilled to announce that our Experience/Arts partnership with Grafton County Senior Citizens Council has been awarded a second year of funding from Aroha Philanthropies and the Couch Family Foundation.That means we’ll be able to offer another series of eight arts classes for adults ages 55 and older – in Plymouth, Haverhill, Lebanon and Littleton, and perhaps in Lincoln and Canaan as well. If you are a potential participant, please contact us at to make sure you are put on the list to hear what classes have been scheduled. Read more about Experience/Arts here.



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.