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The Dandelion

A bi-monthly newsletter of Arts Education resources, policy updates, advocacy, spotlights, professional development opportunities, and fun.

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E-News, Events, Updates, Opportunities

Dear Arts Education Friends, Colleagues, Students and NH Arts Learning Networkmembers,

A new governor...a new National Endowment for the Arts Education Director....and soon, a new National Endowment for the Arts Chair... plus new, proposed voluntary Standards forArts Education!  We need to create, connect and talk!  
The NH Arts Learning Network invites you to join (it's easy and free!); to become engaged (put your organization on the map, add an event, write a blog, attend or host a "Meet Up"); and to add your voice to these important conversations about the arts and education. We value your work and advocacy, as you engage children and youth in the artistic and creative explorations that only the arts can provide.  Your talents, energy, experience and ideas are needed to improve the climate for arts learning in schools and communities throughout NH. 

You are not alone. You are part of a fabric, a colorful quilt that includes all arts disciplines and all ages. Part of our NH map, from north to south and east to west! Part of the NH artssymphony! Your creativity, support and presence are essential as we grow the NH ArtsLearning Network in 2013.   

We hope you find our e-mail updates and announcements (local, state and national) timely and helpful and that you will visit the network website regularly for additional information.. Please help us spread the word by sharing with your arts friends in schools and communities. 

Sincerely, Catherine O'Brian for the NH Arts Learning Network 
(Image: Our Town, acrylic on canvas, Shiao-Ping Wang)      
Upcoming Events


Save the Date! You are Invited to the 2nd NH Arts Learning Network "Meet Up" and Potluck on Thursday, February 7, 2013, 6 pm, hosted by Elizabeth Peterson ( in the Lafayette room, at the Hampton United Methodist Church, 525 Lafayette Rd.,Hampton.
Come for a gathering of people who make learning through the arts happen in the Seacoast and beyond! Join in a fun arts-making activity! Our focus conversation topic will be "Promoting Creativity in Learning." Please feel free to pass on the invitation to other artsteachers, teaching artists, teachers, parents and anyone interested in joining our vital artslearning community. Bring some food to share. More details will be posted on the NH ArtsLearning Network website, RSVP or for more information, send an email to or
will be formally released as part of a streaming video presentation during the January 18-20 meeting of the coalition's leadership and writing teams at the New York City headquarters of The College Board. The broadcast presentation is scheduled for Friday January 18th, at 4:00 PM EST, via the NCCAS wiki at; instructions for participating should be posted on this site. Questions and comments will be fielded through a companion live blog. Arts Education specialists, teachers, administrators teaching artists, parents and community members are encouraged to attend. Viewers should plan on signing into the stream fifteen minutes prior to start time for live attendance; archival video and blog copies will be posted on the site twenty-four hours after the event closes. For more information on the standards, visit the website above or contact Marcia McCaffrey at or 603-271-3193.
Educational Theatre Collaborative: Integrated Arts Conference - Saturday, January 26, 2013 at Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH

Elementary and secondary school teachers are invited to participate in the annual ETC Integrated Arts Conference with a Keynote address on "Placemaking" with Timm Judas from Oxbow Union High School in Bradford, VT.  This one-day event offers professional development and continuing education workshops. Arts educators and artists learn how to integrate visual art, music, drama and writing into their curriculum, based on the theme of this year's production Marking the Moment (celebrating 250 years of town history).  The day concludes with the matinee performance of Marking the Moment at the Silver Center for the Arts. Presented in association with the New Hampshire State Council on the Artsand the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire.

To learn more View Workshop details or go to: ETC Integrated Arts Conference 2013

First Annual CT Education Seminar at the Green Street Arts Center: Higher Order Thinking (HOT) Approach to Integrated Teaching and Learning: January 26 & 27,   
This seminar is for current practitioners and teachers, as well as current undergraduates at Wesleyan University interested in education. This integrated audience will experience hands on workshops and great networking. This conference is free and registration is required by Mon., Jan. 21st. To learn more go to:  or contact Cathy Lechowicz (
Dance Premiere with Boston's Urbanity Dance! Saturday, February 2, 2013

Join PSU and Urbanity Dance at Plymouth State University for a day of Master Classes, Workshops, Lectures, Performance opportunities, Dessert Reception and Gala Performance. Choose from classes in modern, contemporary, tap, jazz, partnering, repertory, circus, physical theater, resume writing and audition techniques! You can create your own personal schedule of five master classes and dance your heart out all day long! For more information go to: and search "Dance Premiere 2013".    

Arts Education FY 2014 Grants Information Workshop offered Tuesday, February 26 by the NH State Council on the Arts, Plymouth State University, 2 Pillsbury St., 5thfloor, Concord, NH; 9:30 am - 2:30 pm

This free workshop will introduce educators, principals, parents and artists to grant guidelines, application forms and strategies for developing a quality grant application. The day includes an overview of three grant programs; sharing of previous model projects, other grants resources, guest speakers and grants writing tips. Space is limited. For more information, or to register, contact Catherine O'Brian,, or call 603-271-0795.

Annual Write Now! Conference Saturday, April 6, 2013 Features Kelly Gallagher on "Writing Like This: Teaching Real World Writing through Mentoring & Mentor Texts"
K-12 teachers and all those interested in writing are invited to register for the annual Write Now! North Country conference on the Teaching of Writing, Saturday, April 6 from 8:30 am to 2 pm at Kennett High School, North Conway. An extraordinary speaker and presenter, Kelly Gallagher is an English teacher and the author of Reading Reasons, Deeper Reading, Teaching Adolescent Writers, Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading andWhat You Can Do About It, and, most recently, Write Like This. Cost for the conference, co-sponsored by the Conway School District and the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire, is only $25 to cover facilities and food; the Conway School District generously covers speaker costs to make this conference, honoring the memory and legacy of Don Graves, affordable to all. For more information, contact the Arts Alliance at info@aannh.orgor download a brochure here.

Grants Opportunities

Artist Residency in Schools (AIR) Grants offered by NH State Council on the Arts. FY 2014 Postmark Deadline: April 12, 2013; Grant Request: $1,000 - $4,500.

NHSCA grants are a public investment in the cultural life and education of our young people. AIR grants provide partial funding to bring juried teaching artists into classrooms and public schools to support creative learning and skills development in the arts. AIR grants support partial costs for artist residencies in a variety of arts disciplines. AIR projects are intended to set a model for this work. We encourage you to visit the NHSCA website and NH Roster of Teaching Artists. To learn more about grants, guidelines or for more information contact Catherine O'Brian,, or   

Youth Arts Project Grants: for Extended Arts Learning. FY 2014 Postmark Deadline: April 19, 2013;  Grant Request: $1,000 - $4,500.

Youth Project Grants (YAP) fund high-quality arts and cultural education programs that encourage creativity, develop new arts skills and foster academic success for young people. The overall goal of this grant offered by the NH State Council on the Arts is to provide young people increased opportunities to engage in the arts beyond the normal school day so that they can develop creative problem solving skills and become more engaged with their communities. Activities may take place after regular school hours, in the summer or on weekends, in or/and outside of the school. Partnerships between schools,arts organizations and community organizations are encouraged. To learn more about grants, guidelines or for more information contact Catherine O'Brian,, or visit:   

Website grants: easier access to education funding: 

A new website, GetEdFunding, offers a searchable database of available education-funding streams for education technology and curriculum programs. The site, which is updated daily, offers information about 750 active grants and awards. EdTech magazine

News & Congratulations!


Inocente Documentary

This is both a timeless story about the transformative power of art and a timely snapshot of the new face of homelessness in America: children. To learn more about this story of a young girl who is homeless and an artist, visit: A curriculum guide will be posted in several weeks that accompanies the film. To screen Inocente in your community contact; to screen it at your school visit:  To read a recent article about the film:
. Special thanks to Dr. Lynda Thistle Elliott, Director of Homeless Education, NH Department of Education and her team for bringing this film to our attention.

The Arts Alliance of Northern NH has been selected as one of 19 recipients of funding from the New England Environmental Education Alliance,in partnership with the six state Environmental Education organizations, including the New Hampshire Environmental Educators. Through "Envisioning Environmental Education Professional Development through the Arts," the Arts Alliance will work with partners in schools, environmental/nature centers, out-of-school/after-school programs, and other community and parent groups to develop a regional professional development model integrating arts, science and other curriculum.  Other New Hampshire awardees include the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation and Peter Woodbury School/Bedford School District. Each will receive $5,000 through a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to increase the environmental knowledge and skills of students, teachers and families. Those interested in learning more are invited to contact the Arts Alliance at 323-7302,

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