As we enter the holiday season, the Arts Alliance gives thanks for your generosity - without you, none of our programming would be possible. Whether you are making an individual gift this season, sponsored a program, became a member, volunteered at an event, partnered on a residency or connected us to someone in need, we thank you.
Poet Mckendy Fils-Aime, a Haitian-American poet from Manchester, will be offering assemblies and workshops in northern New Hampshire schools and communities January 12-18. If your school, library, town hall or other venue would like to host Mckendy, learn more here and contact us to get involved! Poetry workshops include "Behind the Mask", "Poetry DJ", "The Ironic Chef" and "Poetry Comics" plus assemblies, poetry slams, a collaborative poetry workshop for families, race/identity workshops (a great pairing with Martin Luther King Day) and professional development for teachers.
The Arts Alliance and the Laconia Public Library join forces to present a free workshop (with lunch included) for K-12 teachers and other historically-minded individuals, Drawing from the Past: Using Local History Sources to Inspire Learning on Wednesday, January 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the library. Artist and educator Marek Bennett and historian Sophia Woodley lead participants in an interdisciplinary exploration of the relationship between history and sequential art. Teachers will learn ways to engage students in creating original comics from primary historic sources. To register, click here.
Save the Date! This year's BYOP (Bring Your Own Poetry, Performance, Painting, Presentation, Potluck) will be the evening of Tuesday, January 13th at the Karl Drerup Art Gallery in Plymouth. This is our annual meeting and a wonderful time to share your art - and if you can't join us in Plymouth, we're planning an additional event further north. Save the date and stay tuned for more information on how to sign up! Click here to view a slide show of last year's BYOP.
Our list of artist residencies is almost complete for 2014/2015, and teachers and administrators alike will want to learn more here. The page also includes information on upcoming professional development opportunities for educators and artists, including a day for arts educators and artists with artist Beverly Naidus at the Karl Drerup Gallery and a workshop with Genevieve Aichele of the NH Theatre Project on using drama and storytelling across the curriculum. Take advantage of our great rates on professional development workshops and in-school arts opportunities! For more information on how to sign up yourself or your school or community, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We're pleased to be a partner as Plymouth State University presents the 20th Annual Integrated Arts Conference Friday, January 23, 2015, at the Silver Center for the Arts, Plymouth. This year's conference, "Lights! Camera! Action!" focuses on creating, performing, responding and connecting through the arts. To register or for additional information, click here.
High-school students from throughout northern New Hampshire are invited to join our new Youth Arts program! Click here to learn more and get involved.
Registration is open for Write Now!, our annual conference on teaching reading and writing. Dedicated to the memory and legacy of Don Graves,the conference is presented in partnership by the Conway School District and the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire. This year's conference features Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisperer and Reading in the Wild. Learn more about Donalyn Miller and register for the conference here.
Susie O'Keeffe, the WMNF Artist in Residence for 2014, is currently out in the Wild River Wilderness. Susie's residency is part of the national celebration of the 50th anniverary of the Wilderness Act. Learn more about Susie and her work here.
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 email@example.com if you'd like to show the film or learn more about it.
What a great conference! Stay tuned for conference images, videos and follow-up conversations on our Facebook Group. For conference handouts, click here.
And click here to watch the video of "The Irreducible Core Essentials in Activating Creative Potential," the keynote address by Eric Booth.
The Weeks Act Legacy Trail is a new, self-guided driving tour of the White Mountains; you can check it out at www.weeksactlegacytrail.org. 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.
On Stage in the White Mountains Promotes Performing Arts Organizations
Check Out Our On Stage Google Map
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.).
We've Gone "Social"!
Become an Arts Alliance Fan on Facebook
The 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...
HandMade in the Northern Forest:
A guide to fine art and craft traditions in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York showcases our region through 13 driving tours that traverse the beautiful landscape and inviting towns of northern New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont and New York's Adirondacks and Tug Hill region. The Arts Alliance is a proud partner in this regional endeavor.
HandMade in the Northern Forest's 365 listings among them Arts Alliance members like the ARTS Gallery, Chapel Arts New England, Contreras Gallery of Fine Arts, League of NH Craftsmen (Littleton), and Old Mill Studio showcase a wide variety of craftspeople, from basket weavers and potters to painters and stained glass artists, furniture makers, woodworkers, blacksmiths, sculptors and others inspired by the landscape. It features studios where visitors can watch artists in action, as well as galleries, restaurants, inns and special attractions such as museums, historical sites and working farms. Each chapter includes colorful maps, local lore and detailed contact information for each listing. 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 EBulletin and to sign up to receive new ones, click here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org-- with questions and comments.