Join us September 29 through October 10 for "Writing on the Land: Exploring the nature of the place we live,", a "told poems" residency with poet Verandah Porche that encourages both students and adults to examine their ideas and feelings about place. The residency will include school and teacher workshops, library poetry readings in Lancaster, Bethlehem and Lincoln, and a series of gatherings where participants will explore their connection to the land through listening, writing, talking and sharing. We also invite community members (both high school students and adults) interested in learning how to be "scribes" and record the stories of their own neighbors and communities to contact us. Click here for details, and email us to register for a workshop, to volunteer or to learn more about residency events!
Join us Monday, October 6, at the Karl Drerup Art Gallery, for an interactive and eye-opening workshop with Beverly Naidus, whose exhibit, "And Now Behind Curtian #2," examines the stories of individuals struggling to make sense of current economic and political realities while inviting viewers to participate in a game that playfully explores the perils and rewards of activism. In this interactive workshop day, Naidus will lead participants in an exploration of the exhibit that includes hands-on art-making, a walking meditation, and large- and small-group discussions on related topics including engagement with the environment and media literacy. Educators and artists will consider how to apply the day's lessons in their own work in classrooms and in the community, and brainstorm connections to the Common Core and the new National Arts Standards. Click here to learn more and register.
Register now for the 2014 New Hampshire Arts Education Partnership Conference! This year's conference will be held Oct. 31 - Nov. 2 at the Barbara Harris Conference Center in Greenfield, NH. The conference, presented by the NH State Council on the Arts in collaboration with the Arts Alliance and other partners, will include great keynote presentations and discussions, dozens of hands-on workshops on topics from weaving to vocal improvisation, barn dancing to grant writing, and a whole lot more - including the creation of a community mosaic mural! Register now for best rates and workshop availability. Learn more here.
North Country K-12 educators are invited to attend a free all-day workshop Tuesday, October 21. Conducted by Genevieve Aichele, founder and director of the NH Theatre Project, the workshop will demonstrate how teachers in all subject areas can use techniques of applied drama to unleash the power of personal stories and make connections between local stories and the larger stories of history. The program is a partnership between the NH Humanities Council, the NH Theatre Project, and the Arts Alliance. Click here to learn more and register.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
We're delighted to announce that Lida Winfield returns to NH this fall to work throughout northern New Hampshire October 13-17. Lida will offer performances of "In Search of Air", about her struggles growing up and learning to read with dyslexia, as well as workshops on movement, storytelling and integrating the arts in your classroom to reach all learners. Email us to sign up your school or community or learn more, or check here for updates on Lida's community workshops and performances.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to show the film or learn more about it.
Thank you everyone! Click here to view a slide show of the evening.
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 email@example.com-- with questions and comments.