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Image: "Kuboro Foo Dog" by AmaSepiaChan of Concord, a 14-year-old artist whose anti-bullying exhibit is being shown during January at NHTI in Concord, during February at BagelWorks in Concord, and during March at the Hooksett Public Library. To learn more and view a gallery of her work, visit

NH Arts Learning Network January 2014

Dandelion Bulletin

Dear New Hampshire Arts Education Friends and Colleagues,

Are you living, dreaming.... and teaching in the Polar Vortex? How would you draw an image or compose music that conveys the Polar Vortex? We look to the arts to help us create and thrive through our long New Hampshire winters. In this next year, we will focus our attention on creating opportunities for you to meet, network and collaborate with others around issues of shared concern that relate to the arts and education. Please stay in touch and let us know if you benefit from an item in our bulletin, a workshop or other listed opportunity. Special thanks to our generous host sites for the upcoming Meet-Ups at AVA Gallery & Art Center, the Children’s Museum of NH, the Kimball Jenkins School of Art, the Sharon Arts Center; and the Currier Museum of Art.

NH Arts Learning Network Meet-Ups 2014

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 sometimes 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 attending or hosting a Meet-Up, contact Catherine O’Brian, 271-0795,

Upcoming NHALN Meet-Ups:

Open to all educators, artists, parents and arts education advocates and leaders. Please RSVP to Catherine O’Brian.

January 30, 2014, 5-7 pm: Join us at AVA Gallery & Art Center (1 Bank St., Lebanon NH, 603-448-3117). Please bring some snacks to share and your favorite beverage. Arrive early to enjoy the art work of four different artists in the galleries. Our roundtable discussion will focus on creative ways schools, parents and teachers can work with local arts organizations, and how to design partnerships that work. Catherine O’Brian will give updates on grants available for arts learning projects from the NH State Council on the Arts. Learn about AVA’s winter workshops and summer camps for youth.

February 12, 2014, 5-7 pm: Children’s Museum of NH, 6 Washington St., Dover, NH, 603-742-2002. Anna Nuttall, Art Educator at Portsmouth Middle School and a community arts leader, will facilitate and share some recent AIR projects and topics related to STEAM (STEM + Arts/Design). Learn about new initiatives, exhibits and happenings at the Children’s Museum.

March 20, 2014: 5-7 pm: The Carriage House at Kimball Jenkins School of Art, 266 N. Main St, Concord, NH, 603-225-3932. For directions go to: Enjoy the NH Youth Art Month show on exhibit. Round table focus topic will be successful strategies and examples of Advocacy for Arts Education in NH.

April 16, 2014, 5-7 pm: Sharon Arts Center, 457 Rte 123, Sharon, NH, 603-927-7256. Our focus topics will include Peterborough’s amazing Children & the Arts Festival, opportunities offered through the new partnership between SAC and the NH Institute of Art, plus an update on innovative ways to schedule arts classes that benefit and maximize student learning.

May 1, 2014, 5-7 pm: Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash St, Manchester, NH, 603-669-6144. Learn more about resources offered to students and educators through the Currier Museum. Updates on West High School’s new STEAM Ahead initiative. Focus topic will be “professional development” - what are you looking for? what have you participated in that was inspiring and useful? what are your plans for the summer?

June, 2014: We plan to head up to the North Country for a Meet-Up. We are exploring host sites. Let us know if you are interested in hosting a meet-up or have ideas about a great site.

Exhibits, Performances, Programs, Events

NH Thespian Festival, February 8, Winnacunnet High School, Hampton. Each year, the NH Thespian Society hosts a one-day high school theatre festival to promote theatre education and the enjoyment of theatre for NH students. Local and regional theatre professionals perform and interact directly with high school artists to help them develop and nurture their own skills and knowledge of performance art. Students are invited to share their work for professional feedback and advice. The annual NH Thespian Scholarship, a $1,000 award for thespian students pursuing higher education in theatre, is presented at this event. Open to all high school theatre students, professional theatre artists, and theatre educators. For information contact Contact NH Thespians for more information.

2nd Annual Concord High School Film Festival, February 12, 5 pm. According to the school’s film society president, Pedro Pimentel, the purpose of the festival is to introduce audiences to specific and unique styles of film-making. Their theme this year is “drama.” The Festival, which is run by the CHS Film Society is open to the public.

March is Youth Art Month! The 2014 state youth art month show will be held at Kimball Jenkins School of Art in Concord from March 14th to April 11th. Open to all members.Drop-off will be on March 14th, and the reception will be on March 22.
If you are interested in entering student artwork for the show, please respond to Martha Rives ( ASAP.

The NH Poetry Out Loud Program (2013-2014) includes 40 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 check dates for each high school’s competition and the semi-finals competition dates and sites, visit: and click on the Poetry Out Loud button.

Play On! Story Theater Saturdays for Youth at Northern Stage, White River Junction, VT offered through March 8, 2014: drop-in classes for children ages 3-10. Children focus on bringing a different fairy tale or children’s story to life each Sat. morning. Classes, grouped by age levels are offered to ages 3 – 10. To learn more visit: or call 802-296-7000

Artist Opportunities for Schools: 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; roots/folk group Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem; Peruvian musicians and dancers Inkas Wasi; mime and dance artist Karen Montanaro; and poet Verandah Porche.  Please email for more information.

2014 NH High School Short Film Festival, May 24, Red River Theatres, Concord The New Hampshire Film & Television Office, an agency of the Department of Cultural Resources, will present the New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival on May 24, 2014. Students from NH public and private high schools, as well as homeschooled students, are encouraged to submit projects no more than 7 minutes in length, which do not have to be created as part of a class assignment. The submission period runs from February 1-March 31. More details are available at Media arts faculty interested in receiving updates about the Festival via e-mail should contact

Hats Off to “Rhythms of the Night” featuring Dance at Concord City Auditorium which was glowing with the red-hot energy of 100 prima dancers from six area dance schools as The Friends of the Audi presented their 23rd annual dance extravaganza on Saturday., January 18. The program included 22 acts including tap, hip hop, ballet, jazz, lyric and special production numbers. Since 1944 Concord City Auditorium has hosted community dance shows and this year 13 area schools were involved with over 2,000 local dancers on its stage. To learn more contact: David Murdo, 344-4747 or

Grants, Awards

Grant Writing Workshop: The NH State Council on the Arts will offer a free Grant Writing Workshop for Arts Learning Projects on Wednesday, February 12, at Plymouth State University (PSU) Concord Campus, 2 Pillsbury St., 5th floor, from 8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. 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 for Artist Residency in Schools (AIR) and Youth Arts Projects grants. Topics include: roles of partners, curriculum connections, choice of artists, writing goals, evaluation, planning residency schedules and budgets. Certificates of attendance will be given out. The workshop is free, but pre-registration is required. Space is limited. For more information or to register contact Catherine O'Brian by email or phone (603) 271-0795.

NEA Grant Guidelines: The National Endowment for the Arts Announces Guidelines Available for Fiscal Year 2015 Funding Programs in Arts in Education.

The next deadline for NEFA’s New England States Touring grants is March 1, for projects beginning on or after June 1. Check out the guidelines here.

College Board: Award for Excellence & Innovation in the Arts celebrates the achievements of arts initiatives for students in grades 6 – 12 that promote learning and creativity in exemplary and innovative ways. Awards will be given to model programs in three categories: Arts Integration; Equity through Arts; and, Civil Engagement/Professional Partnerships. Within each of these 3 categories, one award in the amount of $5,000 will be given to winning schools to support the continuation and growth of their arts programs. Application deadline is April 4, 2014. For further details on award categories, full application instructions and profiles of past winners go to or email with any questions during the application process.

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!!
The Employment and Training Administration (ETA), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), announces the availability of approximately $100 million in grant funds, for the Youth CareerConnect grant program. The program is designed to provide high school students with education and training that combines rigorous academic and technical curricula. DOL expects a large share of the grants to support education and training in STEM industries.

Professional Development: Conferences, Workshops & Webinars

Teacher Workshop: The Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Jan. 29, 9 am – 3:15 pm. The workshop is offered in conjunction with the exhibition, “In Residence: Contemporary Artists at Dartmouth.” The exhibit features the work of 80 artists who spent time at Dartmouth College in their artist-in-residence program between 1932 and the present day. The wide variety of art offers connections to NH and VT as well as explorations around landscapes, sense of place, creativity, artistic process and materials. To learn more about the exhibit or to register for the workshop visit:

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 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.

Summer Opportunities on Poetry and Teaching at the Frost Place in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. “Teachers as Writers” and a new “Conference on Poetry and Teaching” will be offered in 2014. Apply early to take advantage of early-bird discounts! Applications, dates and information are available at: or call 603-823-5510.

Summer Institute June 30 – July 25th, the University of Michigan’s American Music Institute will host the national “Banner Moments” Summer Institute at the University of Maryland, College Park, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. During the four weeks, 30 K-12 school teachers explore topics in American history and culture through the lens of the Star-Spangled Banner and related American music, Participants receive a $3,300 stipend. Applications due March 4th. To learn more visit:

Teaching the Humanities through Art Summer Institute:  The Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington is now accepting applications for its 2014 Summer Institutes, offer ing teachers an exciting opportunity to explore connections between American art and their curricula with colleagues from across the country.  Applications are welcome from grade 6 - 12 teachers as individuals or as part of a team. Priority will be given to social studies, history, and English/language arts teachers. The deadline to apply is Monday, March 31, 2014. For more information about the Institute and the application, visit:  Registration is $200 per participant. Graduate credits, scholarships, and low-cost housing accommodations are available. Questions? Please email or call 202-633-8387.

Resources for Students, Teachers and Parents

Teacher Leadership: 10 Tips for Slowing Down – Here’s an alternative to a New Year’s Resolution from Teaching Coach Elena Aguilar, (found on “edutopia”). Let us know what you think. Do you set resolutions or intentions or goals? Please share other ideas you have for ways teachers can slow down.

NEFA, the New England Foundation for the Arts, is pleased to announce the rollout of its new online endeavor, CreativeGround, a directory of New England’s Creative Economy, spotlighting the rich range of creative people and places at work in the six New England states. This online directory includes profiles for cultural nonprofits like libraries and theaters, creative businesses like recording studios and design agencies, and artists and teaching artists of all disciplines such as performing arts, visual arts and crafts. It’s a great place to find artists you’d like to bring to your school or community, or to list yourself if you are an artist or teaching artist interested in finding work.

New Report on Competency-based Education: Progress and Proficiency: Redesigning Grading for Competency Education. The report helps education leaders think through how to design grading policies that communicate academic performance to students and parents. As more schools and districts begin to develop competency-based pathways that allow students to progress based on demonstrated mastery of content knowledge and skills rather than just time spent in a classroom, it is imperative that they rethink their grading systems around competency.

Article on Arts & Learning Disabilities: Megan Oteri from North Carolina contributed: Learning Disabilities and the Arts | Kids with Disabilities to “Children with learning disabilities often come to think they're incapable of learning because of their ongoing difficulties in school. Art can be a new tool for self-expression that boosts confidence while providing opportunities for learning and practice.” A quick reminder of the power of the arts to reach all.

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.

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

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

Government in the Granite State: Past, Present, and Future, Fri, January 31, 2014, 8:30-2:00 pm, Grappone Center, Concord, NH. Join the NH Fiscal Policy Institute (NHFPI) for their first annual policy conference, examining the role NH government has played – and may play in the years ahead – in addressing a variety of critical public priorities. Sessions include Health, Education, Economic Security and Shared Economic Growth. Cost is $35. To register visit: or contact, 603-856-8337.

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.’”

Poster Art Contest – Help NH Audubon Celebrate 100 years of environmental education and conservation by entering their Centennial Poster Contest!
NH Audubon is inviting children in grades K-2 and 3-5 to create posters and celebrate their mission as they think about ways to help NH’s wildlife. Deadline for submission of posters is March 15, 2014. To learn more and read the contest guidelines visit: or contact Ruth Smith, NH Audubon Centennial Coordinator,


NH Artist Marek Bennett is currently an Artist in Residence at La Hermandad Coffee Camp in Nicaragua, holding comic workshops as part of a cultural exchange between schools in San Ramon, Matagalpa, Nicaragua & Henniker, NH, USA. Follow his blog to read about the project and see images from the workshops.

NEA Budget Approved: Congress released the details of its massive FY 2014 Omnibus spending bill. The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) have each been allocated $146 million for the year. This new funding level is an increase over last year’s, since all federal budgets were previously subject to a 5.5% sequester cut. NEA will now have the full spending power to invest in community-based arts programs across the country. In the original bill a 49% cut to the NEA’s budget was proposed, but was ultimately defeated.

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

Online Resource: The NH State Council on the Arts now has a YouTube account where Eric Booth’s Keynote Presentation at the NH Fall 2013 Arts Education Conference has been uploaded.

Check out the book, What Potential by Rhonda Clark Mann, one of the NH Fall Conference’s workshop presenters. Her book is a collection of stories that illustrate why creativity is important in our daily lives. At the end of each story, she offers activities to encourage imagination and creative thinking for youth of all ages. Rhonda grew up in the Seacoast area of Maine and New Hampshire. She is an art educator for all ages with a Masters in Arts and Teaching.

Ways to Connect & Get Involved with the NH Arts Learning Network

*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.

Remembering Dr. Elliot W. Eisner, 1933 – 2014

The entire national arts education community is saddened by the loss of Stanford professor, educator, mentor and leader Dr. Elliot W. Eisner, 81, of Stanford, CA, on January 10, 2014. Elliot served as President of the National Art Education Association from 1977-1979 and is renowned for his work in art education, curriculum reform and qualitative research. His vision, intellect and generosity of spirit reflected his widespread influence. To contribute to or learn more about the Eisner Lifetime Achievement Award , visit:

Ten Lessons the Arts Teach by Elliot Eisner

The arts teach children to make good judgments about qualitative relationships.  Unlike much of the curriculum in which correct answers and rules prevail, in the arts, it is judgment rather than rules that prevail.

The arts teach children that problems can have more than one solution
and that questions can have more than one answer.

The arts celebrate multiple perspectives.  One of their large lessons is that there are many ways to see and interpret the world.

The arts teach children that in complex forms of problem solving purposes are seldom fixed, but change with circumstance and opportunity.  Learning in the arts requires the ability and a willingness to surrender to the unanticipated possibilities of the work as it unfolds.

The arts make vivid the fact that neither words in their literal form nor numbers exhaust what we can know. The limits of our language do not define the limits of our cognition.

The arts teach students that small differences can have large effects.  The arts traffic in subtleties.

The arts teach students to think through and within a material.  All art forms employ some means through which images become real.

The arts help children learn to say what cannot be said.  When children are invited to disclose what a work of art helps them feel, they must reach into their poetic capacities to find the words that will do the job.

The arts enable us to have experience we can have from no other source 
and through such experience to discover the range and variety of what we are capable of feeling.

The arts’ position in the school curriculum symbolizes to the young 
what adults believe is important.

From “Ten Lessons the Arts Teach,” Eisner, E. (2002). From The Arts and the Creation of Mind, Chapter 4, What the Arts Teach and How It Shows. (pp. 70-92). Yale University Press. Available from NAEA Publications.

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