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The Dandelion - NH Arts Learning Network Early Winter Bulletin

Installation by Shiao Ping Wang Chu
at the
Children's Museum of
New Hampshire during

the exhibit Light & Shadow,
on view now
through March 1, 2014

Dear Arts Education Friends and Colleagues,

We wish you a warm and wonderful holiday season! We hope that many creative new doors will open for you in 2014, and we encourage you to become involved with the NH Arts Learning Network in the new year. Here are some ways to connect:

*Let us know if you have benefited from our Meet-Ups, bulletins, opportunities and web resources
*Write up a youth arts project, artist residency or new lesson plan for our "Spotlights" section
*Review a new or favorite book on arts education or the arts
*Share an inspiring story about a student
*Attend one of our upcoming network Meet-Ups and meet someone new, or offer to host a future Meet-Up
*Share information about a funder or favorite fundraiser
*Become a volunteer website administrator
*Join our Arts Education Advocacy campaign
*Donate to support the NH Arts Learning Network's valuable mission
*Help us with grant writing and future fundraising efforts.
You can email us at with ideas, comments, suggestions or questions.

With our best wishes, appreciation and gratitude for your good work with children and youth in our schools and communities!

NH Arts Learning Network Meet-Ups

Meet-Ups are informal regional meetings where members of the New Hampshire arts education community can gather to get to know one another, share, inspire and plan. The Meet-Ups are hosted by a NH Arts Learning Network member or host site and usually there is a potluck for all to enjoy while discussing arts education in New Hampshire. In 2014 we are planning Meet-Ups each month around the state. If you are interested in hosting a Meet-Up near you, contact Catherine O’Brian, 271-0795,

Upcoming NHALN Meet-Ups:
January 30, 2014, 5-7 pm: Open to all educators, artists, parents and arts education advocates and leaders at AVA Gallery & Art Center, Lebanon, NH.  Please RSVP to

February 2014: Children’s Museum, Dover. Date TBA.
March 20, 2014: 5-7 pm: Kimball Jenkins School of Art.
April 2014: Sharon Arts Center, Peterborough, Date TBA.
May 1, 2014, 5-7 pm: Currier Museum of Art, Manchester.

Grants, Awards

Grant Writing Workshop: The NH State Council on the Arts will offer a free Grant Writing Workshop for Arts Learning Youth Projects on Wednesday, January 8, from 9 am to 2:30 pm at the Kimball Jenkins School of Art Carriage House in Concord. The State Council has a variety of grants available for Academic Year 2014-2015 (FY2015) that support quality Arts in Education and Integrated Arts Learning in both school and out-of- school educational settings. The workshop, led by Catherine O’Brian, Arts Education and Grants Coordinator, will cover grant guidelines, roles of partners, curriculum connections, choice of artists, writing goals, evaluation, planning residency schedules and budgets. Certificates of attendance will be given out. For more information or to register contact Catherine O'Brian by email or phone (603) 271-0795.

Funding opportunity: The New Hampshire Department of Education's 21st Century Community Learning Center Program announces its 2014 competition for an anticipated $1.3 million in funding. The program's purpose is to raise student academic achievement through the creation and expansion of community learning centers during out-of-school-time hours that provide students with academic enrichment opportunities as well as additional activities designed to complement their regular academic program.  All schools with a minimum of 30% of the student population identified as recipients of the free/reduced lunch program by October 2013 are eligible to apply.  For more information contact Suzanne Birdsall at (603) 520-6263, or Christina MacDonald at (603) 271-7306, To apply, you must RSVP for the Bidders Conference by January 3, 2014.

Award: The National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award is the Nation's highest honor for out-of-school arts and humanities programs that celebrate the creativity of America's young people, particularly those from underserved communities. This award recognizes and supports excellence in programs that open new pathways to learning, self-discovery, and achievement. Each year, the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards recognize 12 outstanding programs in the United States, from a wide range of urban and rural settings. Deadline for applications: February 10, 2014.

New Grants to Help More Students Pursue STEM Careers,
You can add the + A to make it a STEAM Project!!

Professional Development: Conferences, Workshops & Webinars

Workshop: Teaching Artist Bob Bloom presents an interactive drumming program, Take a Drum Ride – Hands on Music Making for Kids and Adults at the Rowe Camp and Conference Center, December 27- 29, 2013.

Class: West African Drumming and Dance Classes are offered with Theophilus Nii Martey and the Akwaaba Ensemble on Thursday. and Friday evenings in Manchester, NH. starting up again in the New Year.  Thursday-night classes offer both drumming and dance, from  5-7 pm at Studio 550, 550 Elm Street, Manchester;  and Friday-night classes focus on drumming, starting 6 pm, at Murphy’s Gym, 163 Lake Ave. Classes are open to all levels and drums are available, a registration fee is charged. To learn more visit, or contact Theo by phone, 603-264-5582.

Conference: Educational Theatre Collaborative Arts Integration Conference - Placing Arts at the Heart, Friday, January 24, 2014. Elementary and secondary school teachers are invited to participate in the annual ETC Integrated Arts Conference.  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 Oliver!  The day concludes with optional admission to the evening performance of Oliver!  Learn to make connections with the Common Core and the new National Core Arts Standards with other educators, administrators, and artists. Silver Center for the Arts, Plymouth State University.

Workshop: Arts at the Core - Creating Connections between the Arts and Common Core State Standards (CCSS). A common question throughout the country is “Where do I fit in to the Common Core State Standards?” Come discover the connections between the CCSS in ELA and Mathematics and the Arts. View the flyer for topics to be covered and more information.  Presenters: Marcia McCaffrey, Arts Consultant at the NH Department of Education, and Lyn Ward Healy, Independent Consultant. North Country Education Services, Gorham, NH, January 30, 2014. NCES full members, $125; Associate Members, $140, Non-Member, $155. Materials, content, and certificate of attendance with 5 professional development contact hours. Registration: Contact Lisa Blais by email or by phone 603-466-5437.
This workshop will also be offered on Friday, March 14, 2014, 8:30 am-3:30 pm at SERESC, 29 Commerce Drive, Bedford, NH, 03110, Cost for the event: $155, Early registration: $125, if registration and payment are received by 03/01/14. Lunch at SERESC, materials, content, and certificate of attendance with 5 professional development contact hours. Register:

Conference: The NH Conference on Aging is looking for presenters at their conference, taking place May 22, 2013 at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester.  Their theme is “The Joy is in the Journey.”  They are interested in, and supportive of the arts!  Last year over 700 people attended. They have buses set up to bring seniors from all regions of the state. Visit their “Call for Workshop Presenters” for more information. Deadline to submit workshop proposals is Dec. 31, 2013.    

Conference:  The Annual Don Graves Write Now! Conference takes place Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Kennett High School in North Conway, with writer and author Kelly Gallagher addressing “Deeper Reading: Comprehending Challenging Texts.” Cost is $25 for the conference, presented by the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire and the Conway School District; the fee includes brunch and professional development hours. Visit for details and to download the conference brochure.

Conference: NH Music Educators All-State teacher professional development day, April 11 Concord, NH

Online course : A new resource for teaching artists is now available -- an online course on leading arts programming for older adults. NEA staff - Beth Bienvenu, Katie Lyles Levy, and Denise Brandenburg - spent the last three years collaborating with the National Center for Creative Aging on this project.

Resources for Students, Teachers and Parents

Archived Webinars: The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has an archive of recordings of VSA webinars that addressed topics related to the arts, disability and education.

Online Resource & Research Report: Approaches to Building Arts Education - “Something to Say” Success Principles for Afterschool Arts Programs from the Wallace Foundation:

Online Resource: Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology. They offer free webinars on digital citizenship and a variety of reviews and resources.

Website: Get Accepted is a New Website designed to help fine and performing art students manage their college application process and get accepted. It’s the world’s largest arts network designed to help students be seen and heard—a portal to universities and producers around the world and a place to store and share your digital portfolio.

Arts Integration Workbook: Throughout this new book, Shake the Sketch , you’ll learn what Arts Integration is, how it’s revolutionizing education and how to successfully implement it in your classroom, school or district using a proven process. We would love to have a book review, or any comments on this book from our network!

Online Research Resource: The Arts Education Partnership's website has many resources including a wonderful research compendium. AEP staff summarizes all studies into one-page abstracts with bulleted key points. One recent addition is a study that supports the positive impact of creative drama on social and oral language skills for children with learning disabilities.

Policy & Standards

Minimum Standards for School Approval: Visit the website to view up-to-date information on the revisions of Ed 306, Minimum Standards for School Approval, and the final proposed version of standards. Standards go before the NH State Board of Education for their approval on January 15, 2014. New arts program standards (306.31) have been crafted to better reflect arts education in New Hampshire while forecasting changes in student standards based on the work of the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards. Know what is expected of your programs to meet state expectations for quality arts education.

National Core Arts Standards: Thank you to everyone from New Hampshire who has participated in the public reviews. We have received over 1.25 million comments and data points from across the country to inform the revision process. Please continue to follow the development of the standards, see how the standards are being shaped based on feedback, and consider participating in the final public review in February.

February 14-28: Public review of final draft PK-HS of standards with sample model cornerstone assessment
March 26: First-glance release of standards (Arts Advocacy Days and NAEA conference)
April: Build-up of new core arts standards website
June: Date TBD—Public release of web-based National Core Arts Standards

Calls for Entry, Proposals, and Artwork

Wanted: Student Artwork for Display at the NH Department of Education. Every year, a variety of schools display student artwork to honor the students and their art programs, and as a way to advocate for the arts. There are several permanent display boards at the department. Exhibits are scheduled approximately every 6-8 weeks. Please contact Marcia McCaffrey if you would like to schedule a time to display student artwork during the 2014-2015 school year.

Call for Research: The Arts Education Partnership posted this call for Research Papers:  "The Educational Forum is seeking original empirical research and conceptual essays that explore ways of understanding and addressing the mutually beneficial relationships between arts and learning for its upcoming Fall 2014 themed issue entitled ‘Aesthetic Education, Arts and Learning.’”

Exhibits, Performances, Programs, Events

High School Theatre Festival: February 8, Winnacunnet HS, NH Thespians Day. Contact NH Thespians for more information.

The Karl Drerup Art Gallery at Plymouth State University will re-open with Sketches Are Contagious, work by Hans Guggenheim, on view January 27 – February 28, 2014. On Tuesday, January 21, the gallery hosts the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire’s annual BYOP – Bring Your Own Poetry, Performance, Painting, Presentation, Potluck, with desserts at 6:30 and brief presentations beginning at 7 p.m. Artists, educators and students are invited to share, exhibit and talk about their work  (visit for details and to preregister).

The NH Poetry Out Loud Program (2013-2014) includes 42 high schools and a library/home schoolers’ site participating in the National Endowment for the Arts’ program that helps young people develop an appreciation for the beauty and power of language through the study and recitation of great poetry. High school champions will compete at four regional semi-final sites, with a state finals competition on March 13, 2014 at the NH State House. Semi-finals and finals are open to the public. To learn more and click on the Poetry Out Loud button.

The Arts Alliance of Northern NH invites interested schools to contact us for information about participating in our winter and fall residencies with visiting artists from around New England, including theater and movement artist Lida Winfield; mime and dance artist Karen Montanaro; roots/folk group Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem; and poet Verandah Porsche.  Please email for more information.


Advancement Grant: New Hampshire Charitable Foundation awards 2013 Piscataqua Region Artist Advancement Grant to Eliot, ME photographer Justin Kirchoff.

NH Poet Laureate: The Executive Council recently confirmed Alice Fogel’s nomination as New Hampshire’s next poet laureate. Alice will begin serving a five-year term in March 2014.  The state’s poet laureate serves as an ambassador for NH poets and works to heighten the visibility and value of poetry.  Alice is an author and teacher who lives in Acworth. She was the 2012 Poet in Residence at the Carl Sandburg Historical Site National Park and has received an individual artist fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, among other awards. To learn more visit:

2013 NH Arts in Education Partnership Conference Follow-Up

Arts Website. The NH State Council on the Arts now has a YouTube account where Eric Booth’s Keynote presentation has been uploaded.

We still have a few lost and found items from the conference, including a red sweatshirt/jacket, a black wool jacket, and a red metal water bottle. Please contact Catherine O’ Brian if you are missing these, 271-0795. Coats will be donated to Good Will if not claimed by January 15th.

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