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Dandelion Bulletin April 2014

Jazz Painting

Anna Nuttall, art educator and Artist in Residence Coordinator, creates a jazz painting alongside her students at the Portsmouth Middle School as part of  Vision, Verse & Verve: Timeless Themes of the Harlem Renaissance, a 2014 multi-artist residency project funded in part by the NH State Council on the Arts. Their culminating event and opening reception took place April 12 at the Seacoast African-American Cultural Center in Portsmouth. The exhibit featured over 100 works of art created by Portsmouth Middle School 8th graders and a performance by a high-school jazz trio from the Portsmouth Music and Art Center.  

This spring as it comes bursts up in bonfires green,
Wild puffing of emerald trees, and flame-filled bushes,
Thorn-blossom lifting in wreaths of smoke between
Where the wood fumes up and the watery, flickering rushes.

I am amazed at this spring, this conflagration
Of green fires lit on the soil of the earth, this blaze
Of growing, and sparks that puff in wild gyration,
Faces of people streaming across my gaze.

-from "The Enkindled Spring" by D.H. Lawrence

News & Congratulations

2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Announced: Over 200 New Hampshire Students have been recognized for their excellence in the arts through the Scholastic Art Awards of New Hampshire. Since 1923, The Scholastic Art Awards have offered millions of students the opportunity to display their art works for regional and national recognition. The objective is to foster the confidence of young artists and to invite students to broaden their horizons with opportunities to receive national recognition. The Scholastic Art Awards of New Hampshire, A Regional Affiliate of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, Inc., is administered by the New Hampshire Art Educators’ Association (NHAEA). NH's Gold & Silver medalists include:

Achorn Gavin, Grade: 8 Silver Medal Sculpture Beware Of Your Fears
Baratier Leanne, Grade: 12 Silver Medal Drawing Duality
Berman Lauren, Grade:12 Silver Medal Painting Winnacunnet Soccer Field In The Fog
Chan Weilin, Grade: 12 Gold Medal Photography Slinky
Chase Emily, Grade: 10 Silver Medal Painting Winters Night
Chen Carissa, Grade: 9 American Visions Medal Drawing Widowed
Draper Maria, Grade: 10 Silver Medal Photography Rising Sail
Duke Owen, Grade: 10 Gold Medal Fashion Metal Mesh Penny Loafer
Dunstan Millicent, Grade: 11 Gold Medal Drawing Perspective - Dow Barn
Gardner Cidnie, Grade: 10 Gold Medal Ceramics & Glass I Love Your Guts tea Set
Gorsuch Gavin Grade: 12 Silver Medal Printmaking No Survivors
Huynen Anneke Grade: 11 Silver Medal Photography Shattered
Jones Meghan Grade: 12 Silver Medal Drawing Out Of The Wild
Kus Kaci Grade: 12 Gold Medal Painting Lionel
Lamere Ila Grade: 10 Gold Medal Drawing Watermelon Phone
Mccarthy Katie Grade: 12 Silver Medal Photography Old With The New
Morasse Kelsi Grade: 8 Silver Medal Drawing My Clarinet
O'Connell Meegan 8 Silver Medal Poetry The White Prison
Picard Ben Grade: 12 Silver Medal Design Modern Critic Poster
Smith Elena Grade: 12 Silver Medal Drawing Grandfather's Stare
Snide Heather Grade: 10 Silver Medal Painting Self Portrait #4
Thorpe Emily Grade: 12 Silver Medal Painting We Are Beautiful
Tran Linh Grade: 12 Silver Medal Digital Art Exodus

Congratulations to Tamworth teen Willa Canfield on winning the 2014 NH Teen Video Challenge: New Hampshire’s Young Adult Library Services Association, in collaboration with the national Collaborative Summer Library Program, has announced that Tamworth’s Willa Canfield is the New Hampshire winner of the 2014 Teen Video Challenge. Now in its fourth year, the Teen Video Challenge is a national competition that encourages teens to create 30- to 90-second public service announcements that encourage both reading and using public libraries throughout the summer. To view this year’s winning videos, visit CSLP’s website at

NH Poetry Out Loud Champions perform on NHPR’s Word of Mouth: As part of National Poetry Month, New Hampshire Public Radio invited NH Poetry Out Loud high school champions to recite poetry on the radio program Word of Mouth, hosted by Virginia Prescott. Listen to Spaulding High School senior Eden Suoth recite Walt Whitman’s "Vigil Strange I Kept On The Field One Night."

NH Arts Learning Network Meet-Ups

Meet-Ups are informal regional meetings where members of the New Hampshire arts education community – educators, artists, parents and arts education advocates and leaders -- 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 around the state. If you are interested in attending or hosting a Meet-Up, contact Catherine O’Brian, catherine.o', 271-0795.

Upcoming NH Arts Learning Network Meet-Ups:
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 and hear 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 and 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

Exhibit: The Forgotten, Children of Incarcerated Parents at Kimball Jenkins School of Art, Concord, through April 24. On view: murals created by Children of Incarcerated Parents (CIP) with their parents. One in every 100 children in the United States has an incarcerated parent. The exhibit brings public awareness about this unique population of children and encourages donations to enable children to attend CIP summer camp in 2014. Click here to: RSVP, learn more about related talks and workshops for artists, educators and parents, or the Family Connections Center. Visit the Kimball Jenkins website for directions.

The NH High School Students Exhibition, an annual presentation of artwork created by NH students in 9th through 12th grades, opens at the NH Institute of Art’s Sharon Arts Center on Friday, May 2. The juried exhibition is designed to help strengthen the artistic development of the students who participate by experiencing the preparation, jurying, and submission processes. The exhibition runs through June 14 at the Sharon Arts Center Exhibition Gallery, 30 Grove Street, Peterborough, NH. The gallery will host an opening reception on Friday, May 2, from 5–7pm.

Artist Reception & Auction: 15th Annual Friends Charity Auction at the Grappone Center, Concord, to support the Friends Youth Mentoring Program Friday, May 2 with artwork donated by area artists. Click here for details.

Granite State Story Swap May 3: For storytellers, librarians, educators from kindergarten to collegiate and listeners throughout New England, the 10th Annual Granite State Story Swap (GSSS) opens with "Evolution of a Story,” a keynote address by Jay O’Callahan. The day proceeds with two sessions of four open small-group story swaps; after lunch a short NHSA membership meeting is followed by an "olio" storytelling concert featuring regional storytellers and “Forged in the Stars” a concert performance by Jay O’Callahan. Saturday, May 3, 8 am to 5 pm at the Seacoast Science Center, Odiorne Point State Park, Rye, NH.

Opportunities for Schools: The Arts Alliance of Northern NH invites interested schools to contact us for information about participating in our May residency with visiting artist Karen Montanaro, renowned Maine-based mime dancer. Join us for an informal potluck supper with Karen Thursday, May 1, at 6 pm in Franconia to talk about the role of artists in contemporary society – and in education. Students in grades 3 through 7 are invited to join Karen on stage at her May 2 concert in Littleton; come to the Littleton Opera House at 6 pm for a rehearsal. Email for details.

Explore African culture: The Making Community Connections Charter School in Manchester is offering two arts workshops for students in middle and high school. A workshop on Batik with master artist and printmaker Segun Olorunfemi takes place Fridays, starting May 16 at the school, 60 Rogers St., Manchester, and African dance and drum workshops with Theo Martey are scheduled for Wednesdays beginning May 14 at YWCA, Concord St., Manchester. Preregistration is required. For details, call 935-7488.

2014 NH High School Short Film Festival: The New Hampshire Film & Television Office, an agency of the Department of Cultural Resources, presents the New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival on May 24, 2014, at Red River Theatres, Concord. Students from NH public and private high schools as well as homeschooled students submitted projects no more than 7 minutes in length, which did not have to be created as part of a class assignment. More details are available at

Dartmouth Community Venture initiative (CVI) aims to increase the Upper Valley community’s engagement and access to HOP programming. 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.

Children’s Museum hosts second annual Maker Faire: A day-long celebration of creativity returns to Dover on August 23 with interactive exhibits, demonstrations and speakers in downtown Dover from 10 am to 4 pm. Featuring both established and emerging “makers,” the Dover Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly celebration that will feature rockets and robots, DIY science and technology, tricked-out vehicles, educational workshops, unique hand-made crafts, green technology, music, art, and local food trucks. A Call for Makers will open on Tuesday, May 6 for anyone interested in sharing their work, hobby or expertise with the 1,500 attendees expected this year.

Grants, Awards, Artist & Job Opportunities

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

Artist in Residence Deadline April 25: The White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) and the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire invite interested artists in all media to apply for the 2014 residency. The 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.

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 is June 1, 2014.

Margret and H.A. Rey Center Curious George Cottage Artist Residency: The Curious George Cottage Artist Residency offers professional and emerging artists in all media an opportunity to pursue and share their art and artistic process while surrounded by the inspiring landscape of the mountain village of Waterville Valley, NH. The Rey Center is accepting applications through June 1, 2014 for a two-week residency during September 2014. Click here for details.

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.

New Foundation Website: Over the past year the Rock On Foundation has been working to establish itself as a cutting edge nonprofit organization. Their focus and passion lies within the arts and athletics.

2014 Natural Leaders Network Legacy Camp The Children & Nature Network’s Natural Leaders Network is looking for dynamic and diverse young leaders (ages 18 - 29) who are committed to connecting others in their community to the natural world. The Leadership camp will provide intensive training and ongoing support to create lasting social change in participants’ communities to ensure that all children (and adults) experience the benefits of a meaningful, daily connection with the natural world. Leaders are trained in four key skill areas: Community Organizing, Outdoor Leadership, Event Planning, and Public Speaking. Applications due April 25.

Breakthrough Manchester at the Derryfield School is looking for a full-time Program Director: Breakthrough helps promising middle school students with limited opportunities build skills and confidence by providing a summer-intensive, tuition-free academic program and to inspire high school and college students to pursue careers in education and leadership. Click here for job description.

Professional Development: Conferences, Workshops & Webinars

Teaching Artists’ Workshop – Community 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. Presenters 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. To learn more or register write to, or call 603-271-0795.

Free Teaching Artist Workshop on CreativeGround & NEFA Services May 20: CreativeGround is a new online database that spotlights the rich range of creative artists and enterprises in New England. Save the date: Tuesday, May 20, 10 am-noon for a free workshop that helps you explore the possibilities of CreativeGround and other resources provided through the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA). The workshop is co-hosted by NECAP, NEFA and the NH State Council on the Arts and will be held at PSU Graduate Center, 2 Pillsbury St., Concord, NH. Preregistration is required; click here to register. Open to all NH and New England artist-educators. For additional information contact or

Protecting the Creative Spirit Conference May 30: Learn about your legal rights and the art you create during this full day of interactive panel and discussion sessions for community members, faculty in higher education, artists, students across the creative arts, arts educators, non-profit arts organizations, and legal consultants on copyright, intellectual property law and the creative arts. May 30 from 8:30am-3:45pm at Plymouth State University. $50 registration fee includes Continental breakfast, refreshments and lunch. Online pre-registration required; sign up here. Learn more at the Office of Academic Deans at (603) 535-3500.

Teacher Artist Retreat- Registration Now Open: Puppetry ~ Music ~ Decoupage ~ Movement ~ Science ~ Drums. The Teacher Art Retreat is a chance for you to get away and work within the arts – three days of experiences put together for you to relax, create and discover more about yourself as an educator as well as the art forms you will work with. Participants always remark about how amazingly good they feel during and after the retreat. This is real PD for creative teachers – all educators are welcome. August 4-6, 2014.

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 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 be accepting applications for the August institute. Visit the website for more information including the application process and financial aid.

Yoga 4 Classrooms offers Trainings, Retreats, and Networking Opportunities for Educators: As part of the contemplative education community, Yoga 4 strongly encourages self-development, self-care and continuing education in the field.
Courtesy of the Mindfulness in Education Network (MiEN), they share 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 the 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. OCT. 27 - 28, 2014, The Courtyard Marriott Concord, NH 03301

Resources for Students, Teachers and Parents

Summer Arts Camps: The NH Arts Learning Network is once again compiling a list of arts camps and creative, innovative learning opportunities for the 2014 summer months. If you know of summer arts camps, or would like to have your summer arts camp/learning opportunity listed, please send an email to Catherine O’Brian. This list is compiled as a service of the NH Arts Learning Network (NHALN) and does not demonstrate any affiliation with the listed organizations. Please note that this list does not include every arts learning experience offered in New Hampshire, but provides a broad sampling of opportunities available.

AEP Releases ArtScan 2014- A Comprehensive Source on Arts Education Policies in Your State: Do you know your state’s instructional requirements for the arts? Does your state require course credits in the arts for high school graduation? Are there specifications in your school district for assessing student learning and growth in the arts? Get the facts in AEP’s 2014 Edition of ArtScan, a 50-state searchable clearinghouse of education policies that shape arts education instruction and opportunities for more than 50 million students in public elementary and secondary schools across the United States.

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.

Boys & Girls Clubs, Wallace Launch Multi-Million-Dollar Effort to Bring High-Quality Arts Programs to Underserved Tweens: Engaging arts programs designed especially for tweens will be introduced at selected Boys & Girls Clubs beginning this year as a result of a new $5.35-million effort – the Youth Arts Initiative – announced by The Wallace Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs of America.Read the announcement here. The effort is intended to help fill a significant gap: Children from low-income homes are less likely than their higher-income peers to take part in arts programs. The two-and-a-half-year grant from Wallace will support programming that incorporates 10 principles for high-quality afterschool arts for tweens, program traits detailed in a recent Wallace-commissioned research report and explored in related videos. The funding will also pay for new studio spaces and equipment, guides for teaching artists and other materials.

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.

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. Over 1.25 million comments and data points from across the country have informed the revision process.
April: Build-up of new core arts standards website
June: Date TBD—Public release of web-based National Core Arts Standards

Media arts standards introduced at the National Association for Art Education Conference: The national voluntary media arts standards were shared at a “first glimpse” presentation at the National Art Education Association (NAEA) convention in San Diego, March 29-31. NCCAS is the coalition of national arts and education organizations and media arts representatives developing the 2014 National Core Arts Standards in dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts that are scheduled for release in June. The new, voluntary grade-by-grade web-based standards are intended to affirm the place of arts education in a balanced core curriculum, support the 21st-century needs of students and teachers, and help ensure that all students are college and career ready.

Calls for Entry, Proposals, and Risers for Sale!

Submit a Proposal for AEP Forum: The Arts Education Partnership is seeking proposals for sessions at the AEP 2014 National Forum in Pittsburgh September 11-12. Topic of the Forum is Preparing Students for the Next America in and through the Arts. Concurrent 90-minute sessions facilitate deep, specific and engaging conversations about critical issues related to state or national policy issues, new or pertinent research in the field and exemplary practice. Click here for details and guidelines.

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 Poetry The Wickford Art Association -- located in North Kingstown, Rhode Island -- is working on their annual "Poetry & Art" contest/event. Artists submit original artwork, of which 40 pieces are selected, and then poets view the artwork and write inspired poems. Of those submissions, 40 are selected. The 40 pieces of artwork and the 40 poems will then be collected in a book published by the WAA. We are looking for poets to submit a statement of intent to write. We have posted 40 images of the artwork and more information on our website.

For Sale: Four portable riser stages, 8’ x 4’, carpeted: These pieces are nearly new and come with a rolling cart. Perfect for schools! Price: $1,000. Contact Elaine Loft:

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.

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