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In This Issue

News & Congratulations
Invite an Elected Official to Your School or Community Site
NH Arts Learning Network Meet-Ups 2014
Surveys: Your input requested!
Exhibits, Performances, Programs, Events
Grants, Awards & Artist Opportunities
Professional Development: Conferences, Workshops & Webinars
Resources for Students, Teachers and Parents
Policy & Standards
Calls for Entry, Proposals, and Artwork
Hats Off To...
Ways to Connect & Get Involved with the NH Arts Learning Network

"Fall White Birch Trees" by 4th grader Cameron
Grant, South Londonderry School, at Youth Art
Month exhibit, Kimball Jenkins School of Art.

Youth Art Month, Concord, exhibit at Steeplegate
Mall (photo courtesy Matt Newton)..

 Jazz Paintings created during Portsmouth Middle
School AIR project.  Photo courtesy Anna Nuttall.

Dandelion News - March 2014

Dandelion Bulletin

Celebrating Arts in Education!

Schools and community organizations all around the state have been celebrating the role the arts play in the lives of our young people.  In this edition of our bulletin we have shared several  images that illustrate the work at some of  these celebrations. Send us yours to use in future editions of the Dandelion!

In this photo by John Anderson, students at Holderness Central School dance with Miguel Bernal of Inkas Wasi during the troupe's tour of 10 schools as part of  a Music in Our Schools Month residency  (tclick here for residency details.

News & Congratulations

Governor Hassan proclaimed March 2014 as Music in Our Schools Month. View the proclamation here: Hassan: Proclamation "Music in Our Schools Month"

Congratulations to all NH Poetry Out Loud Competitors and to NH State Champion Hannah Burke, Jesse Remington High School, Candia and NH Alternate Dessaline Etienne, Goffstown High School. Poetry Out Loud encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance. Participation in the program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary and cultural heritage. The N.H. State Council on the Arts sponsors the Poetry Out Loud national recitation competition for high school students in New Hampshire. The program is initiated and funded through a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.

Left to right: Front row—Hannah Burke (Jesse Remington HS), Arianna Stokes (Kearsarge RHS), Franky Barradale (The Derryfield School), Aliyah Browne (John Stark RHS), Nora Doyle (Plymouth RHS)Back row—Frentzen Pakpahan (Dover HS), Eden Suoth (Spaulding HS), David Gibson (Newfound RHS), Ambar Mercedes (Coe-Brown Northwood Academy), Dessaline Etienne (Goffstown HS), Jackie Mazzone (St. Thomas Aquinas HS), Audrey Reed (Bow HS)

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2014 New Hampshire Literary Awards. The New Hampshire Writers’ Project presents these awards every two years to celebrate the rich and varied literary talent in the Granite State.
OUTSTANDING WORK OF FICTION Understories by Tim Horvath
OUTSTANDING BOOK OF POETRY Evidence that We Are Descended from Chairs by Andrew Merton
OUTSTANDING WORK OF NONFICTION An Unquenchable Thirst by Mary Johnson
OUTSTANDING WORK OF CHILDREN’S LITERATURE The Iciest, Diciest, Scariest Sled Ride Ever! by Rebecca Rule, Illustrated by Jennifer Thermes
OUTSTANDING YOUNG ADULT BOOK The Good Braider by Terry Farish
DONALD M. MURRAY OUTSTANDING JOURNALISM AWARD Elizabeth Kelsey OUTSTANDING BOOK-COVER DESIGN World Enough and Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down by Christian McEwen, Cover design by Henry James

Invite an Elected Official to Your School or Community Site

Any time is a great time to invite elected officials to visit an arts classroom, exhibit or performance. The New Hampshire Arts Learning Network invites you to join our statewide campaign to bring elected officials into our schools to witness the power of learning in and through the arts. The opportunity to witness students’ creativity, engagement, learning and joy has great impact on any observer. Federal, state and local elected officials have to make difficult decisions about education, including arts education programs. Help us demonstrate the value of arts education, so that arts programs can survive and thrive.

We encourage you to coordinate with interested colleagues -- educators, administrators, parents and community members -- to invite your state and local elected officials to experience arts learning at your school (or at other arts education sites). You can invite members of your school board, select board, your mayor or city council or selectpersons, as well as county commissioners, state representatives, state senator, executive councilor – and federal officials, too.

You’ll find a step-by-step toolkit for this process here. (Our sincere thanks to the California Alliance for Education for allowing us to adapt their terrific materials.) Please make use of it any time of the year -- and let us know what you’ve done, who has attended, and what the experience is like. Photos, blogs, comments are all welcome! Email us at

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 NH Arts Learning Network Meet-Ups:
Open to all educators, artists, parents and arts education advocates and leaders.

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. 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.

Surveys: Your input requested!

Survey on need for Dance residencies in NH schools: Rene Martinez, M.Ed. Student & Adjunct Faculty at Plymouth State University is surveying K-12 teachers in the state of New Hampshire to determine the need and interest in dance residencies. Participation in this short survey is anonymous. We invite you to share the survey link with other colleagues as well. Survey deadline is April 4, 2014.

A survey on poetry was developed through a partnership between the New Hampshire Writers' Project and New Hampshire Poet Laureate Alice Fogel. Poets living and working in the Granite State are encouraged to take a moment and offer their perspective by clicking here. Alice plans on collecting everyone's input and reporting back the data later this year. Thanks in advance for your participation and feel free to pass it on to your New Hampshire poet friends!

Summer Arts Programs: The Arts Learning Network will be providing a listing of summer arts opportunities for youth. If you run – or know of – summer art camps or other arts-based learning opportunities, please email us details at so that we can include those programs in our listings.

Exhibits, Performances, Programs, Events

Exhibit: The Forgotten, Children of Incarcerated Parents: Kimball Jenkins School of Art. April 7-29, reception and opening Wednesday, April 9, 4-6 pm. On view: murals created by Children of Incarcerated Parents (CIP) with their parents. Did you know that 1 in every 100 children in the United States has an incarcerated parent? The exhibit will bring public awareness about this unique population of children and encourages donations for the children to attend CIP summer camp in 2014. Click here to: RSVP, learn more about related talks and free workshop for artists, educators and parents, or the Family Connections Center. Visit the Kimball Jenkins website for directions.

Vision, Verse, and Verve! Portsmouth Middle School’s Multi-Artist Residency (AIR) Project on the Harlem Renaissance invites the public to their culminating event, Sat., April 12, 2-4 pm at the Seacoast African American Cultural Center, 10 Middle St., Portsmouth. This collaborative project includes study of visual artists Richard Haynes and Stacy Mohammad; Boston-based Hip-Hop artist/lyricist Moe Pope; and a performance group, “Ears ‘n’ Eyes,” that includes jazz musicians Matt Langley, Chris Klaxton, Taylor O’Donnell and abstract painter Roger Goldenberg. The Portsmouth Middle School received an FY2014 AIR grant award for this collaborative project from the NH State Council on the Arts. To RSVP, call 603-430-6027, or contact Anna Nuttall, Art Educator, Portsmouth Middle School

Poetry Reading & Workshop for High School Students: Richard Blanco, 2013 presidential inaugural poet, will hold a workshop and public reading Wednesday, April 16, at the Concord Public Library. Blanco will host the workshop for high school students 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Concord Public Library. He will read and sign his books at a public event 7 to 8:30 that evening. Both appearances are free of charge.High school students are encouraged, but not required, to register for the workshop. The events are sponsored by the Concord Public Library Foundation in conjunction with the Concord Public Library and its celebration of National Library Week.

Artist Reception & Auction: 15th Annual Friends Charity Auction Friday, May 2 with artwork donated by area artists. Auction Preview & Artists' Reception Friday, April 18 - 6pm Merrimack County Savings Bank

Opportunities for Schools: The Arts Alliance of Northern NH invites interested schools to contact us for information about participating in our spring residencies with visiting artists from around New England including mime and dance artist Karen Montanaro.

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 through March 31. More details are available at

Dartmouth Community Venture initiative (CVI) aims to increase the Upper Valley community’s engagement and access to Hop programming. Jewelry Makeover is the first project of the Dartmouth College HOP’s new Radical Jewelry Makeover reuses junk jewelry, promotes sustainable mining practices, and invites members of the public to try jewelry making. The project includes opportunities to donate your cast-off jewelry and later, April 12 and 13 in the Hop’s Donald Claflin Jewelry Studio, ages 8 and up are welcome to participate in a workshop. Bash the Trash: Explore the science of the sound inside ordinary recycled items with the help of this nationally recognized program combining music and sustainability. Join in the free public workshops to make instruments and/or perform in mini-concerts at recycling centers throughout the Upper Valley.

NH Nonprofit Impact Awards Night, Thurs., May 22, 5:45 pm at the Grappone Conference Center, Concord, NH. Guest of honor & keynote speaker: Bill Shore, founder & CEO of Share Our Strength, author of Revolution of the Heart, The Cathedral Within, The Light of Conscience, and The Imaginations of Unreasonable Men. This event brings the nonprofit sector together and is hosted by the NH Center for Nonprofits.

Grants, Awards & Artist Opportunities

New Hampshire Art Educators Association accepting nominations for 2014-2015 Awards, New Hampshire Art Educator of the Year, Outstanding Service Award—Inside and Outside of the Profession. Application packets due June 20, 2014.

NH Arts in Education (AIE) Roster of Teaching Artists, Application Deadline: May 2, 2014 (Postmark). The NH State Council on the Arts is accepting new applications for the juried Arts in Education Roster. A teaching artist is a practicing professional artist with the complementary skills and sensibilities of an educator, who engages people in learning experiences in, through or about the arts. For more information and guidelines contact Catherine O’Brian.

Artist Residency in Schools Grants for NH Schools: Apply by April 11, 2014 (Postmark deadline): These grants provide partial funding to bring juried teaching artists, from a variety of arts disciplines, into classrooms and public schools in support of creative learning and skills development in the arts. Includes dance, film, media arts, sculpture, murals, photography, poetry, book arts, eco arts, ceramics, puppetry and traditional arts. This grant round covers projects from July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015. Contact Catherine O’Brian, NH State Council on the Arts, 271-0795

Artist in Residence: The White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) and the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire invite all interested artists to apply to apply for the 2014 residency. Please note: The deadline for applications has been extended to April 25. The WMNF Artist-in-Residence program offers professional and emerging artists from around the country — visual and performing artists, craftspeople, writers, composers, eco artists and media artists — an opportunity to pursue their particular art form while being inspired by the surrounding forest and, on several occasions, sharing their work and their artistic process with members of the public.

Youth Arts Project Grants (for NH nonprofits and schools): Apply by April 18, 2014 (Postmark deadline): These grants fund high-quality arts and cultural education programs that encourage creativity, develop new arts skills and foster academic success for young people (K-12). The overall goal of this grant category is to provide young people opportunities to engage in the arts beyond the normal school day so they can develop creative problem-solving skills and become more engaged in their communities. Activities may take place after regular school hours, in the summer or during school vacations. This grant round covers projects from July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015. Contact Catherine O’Brian, NH State Council on the Arts, 271-0795

Competition for Composers: Green Dot Composer competition will make it possible for ten living composers to receive recognition and exposure for their musical compositions. These newly written pieces will be performed at house concerts, art gallery concerts, and school presentations across the USA, Canada, and Europe as part of the Green Dot Journey. Eligibility: Open to all composers, aged 18 or older, who are Canadian or U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Deadline: 6/1/14

Grant Opportunity: The Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination (AEMDD) This U.S. Department of Education program supports the enhancement, expansion, documentation, evaluation, and dissemination of models that are based on research and have demonstrated that they effectively integrate standards-based arts education into the core curriculum, strengthen instruction, and improve students' academic performance. Full RFP. If your organization is interested in this incredible funding opportunity, please contact Grant Writers.

Target Arts in Education Grants: Target funds in-school arts programs that enhance students’ classroom curricula by bringing the arts and cultural experiences to schools, such as in-school performances, artist-in-residency programs and workshops in schools. Deadline: April 30, 2014. For more information and details on how to apply, visit our Grants & Funding page.

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

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 14, 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

National Summit on Creative Youth Development is taking place in Boston March 27-29. The event is full, but you can participate virtually! Register to be part of the Summit’s live web cast and add your comments to the deliberations in real time. Three sessions will be streamed: Welcome/Opening Remarks “Laying the Foundation”, Fri, March 28, 8:30 – 9:45 am; Summit Caucus Reports, Fri, March 28, 2-3:30 pm; Closing Celebration, Launching the Campaign, Sat, March 29, 2:30-4 pm. To learn more and register visit:

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

"Past and Present Poet Laureates of New Hampshire: A National Poetry Month Celebration," will take place April 6, 3:00 pm. Readers for the event are Alice B. Fogel, Patricia Fargnoli, and S Stephanie (reading for Walter Butts). - Hobblebush is partnering with LaBelle Winery to present a series of author readings and wine tastings, the Sunday Granite State Authors Series. The link to RSVP (not necessary, but appreciated) is:

Artist’s WorkshopCommunity Arts Behind Bars, Thurs., April 24, 10 am -1 pm at the Kimball Jenkins Carriage House, Concord, NH, will be offered by the Family Connections Center, Division of Community Corrections in partnership with the NH State Council on the Arts and Kimball Jenkins Art School. Presenters will include Jessica Wyatt, a practicing artist with an MFA in Community Arts and experience working in prison settings; Kristina Toth of the Family Connections Center and Catherine O’Brian, NH State Council on the Arts. The two-hour workshop is free but pre-registration is required and voluntary donations will be accepted.

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” plus a new mentoring program 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.

Picturing Writing and Image-Making Summer Institute. University of New Hampshire June 25-29, 2014, Combine creativity and rigor while addressing the Common Core. Learn how to engage a wide range of learners. Immerse yourself in two dynamic proven practice. For questions: or 603-659-6018

Storytelling Institute August 8-10, 2014. A three day intensive in the art and craft of telling a story, at a beautiful retreat center in the tiny, bucolic town of Leyden, MA (near the VT border).Taught largely through the lens of improv theatre and movement, with lots of time for exploration in many aspects of your story. Early Bird Deadline is April 30th.

2014 Arts and Passion-Driven Learning Institute: The Silk Road Project and the Harvard Graduate School of Education are excited to announce that we are now receiving applications for the August. Visit the website for more information including the application process and financial aid.

Conference Arts and Global Health: Art, Memory and Testimony in the Aftermath of Trauma. 5th annual Arts in Healthcare Conference at Lesley University April 11-12, 2014. How might the arts facilitate an awareness, expression and processing of powerful feelings such as fear, anger, and grief and help communities heal and advocate for their needs in the aftermath of trauma?

Conference: GLOBAL ENCOUNTERS IN EARLY AMERICA presented by College of the Holy Cross and American Antiquarian Society,Thursday, April 3 – Saturday, April 5, 2014. This symposium is held in conjunction with the exhibition Global Encounters in Early America on view at the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery from February 20 through April 6, 2014.

Yoga 4 Classrooms offers: Trainings, Retreats, and Networking Opportunities for Educators.Being a part of the greater contemplative education community, we strongly encourage self-development, self-care and continuing education in the field. Courtesy of the Mindfulness in Education Network (MiEN), we would like to share with you the list of upcoming workshops and retreat opportunities for educators across the country and abroad.Visit MiEN Yahoo! Group or send a blank email to to subscribe to MiEN listserv.

The Stonyfield Entrepreneurship Institute This highly interactive, intimate venue for networking, storytelling, and problem solving, brings hundreds of for-profit and not-for-profit entrepreneurs back every year to learn about: Financing, Marketing, Finding personal balance, Managing change and the many other skills that are fundamental to growing an enterprise. October. 27 - 28, 2014, The Courtyard Marriott Concord, NH 03301

Resources for Students, Teachers and Parents

The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) is pleased to announce the rollout of CreativeGround, an on-line 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. Watch for details on a May 20 workshop on CreativeGround.

Kids4Peace Invites Youth to Summer Camp. Kids4Peace New Hampshire is planning a special summer camp to be held August 7 -17 in Hillsborough. . Working with the VT chapter, Kids4Peace will send 18 sixth and seventh graders (6 Jewish, 6 Christian and 6 Muslim) to spend 10 days at camp with children of the same mix of faiths from Jerusalem. To learn more, please visit: or email Dick Dutton, retired local pastor and project leader,

New Hampshire Early Childhood PORTAL The Workforce and Professional Development Committee has recently launched the New Hampshire Early Childhood PORTAL: Professional Opportunities, Resources, Trainings And Links. This is a free resource open to all individuals working, or interested in working, in the early childhood field in NH. The PORTAL serves as a central location for early childhood (children age 0-8) professional development and employment opportunities in early education, family support and health, and also provides links to various early childhood resources.

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.”

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.
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

The Inspired Classroom is looking for educators to present ideas and share their art-infused talents during sessions at the Teacher Art Retreat 2014. (August 4-6) These sessions may revolve around visual art, music, drama, storytelling, movement, dance, poetry or any other art form. Each session should be 2 ½ hours in length and actively involve the participants, giving them inspiration for themselves and their teaching and ideas to bring back to their own classrooms.

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.’

Hats Off To!!

All the teachers, students and arts advocates who made the Concord, NH Youth Arts Month Exhibit at the Steeple Gate Mall, with over 1000 pieces of art possible!!

The Shining Star Theater Company’s recent production of Peter Pan. Shining Star Theater is made up 48 talented fourth and fifth graders from Bradford Elementary School . Katie Perkins, a 4th grade teacher at Bradford Elementary , is the director and choreographer, while Matt Mitchell, the school’s music teacher, is music director. Many teachers, parents and community members contribute their artistic and business skills to put on this top-quality production. Students rehearse after school, and they raise funds through donations and ticket sales. Peter Pan was their 13th production. More than 1600 students, parents, friends and community members attended the show over three days. Bradford Elementary is an arts-supportive school, where Principal James Spadaro aims to have every student look forward to attending school every day!

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 or a great photo
  • 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
  • Help us with grant writing and future fundraising efforts.

You can email us at with ideas, comments, suggestions or questions.


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