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Dandelion E-News   June 4, 2014

"The Ecology of Trees” is a floor-to-ceiling mural made with glass, tile, and paint by 85 students at Greenfield Elementary School, as well as teachers, volunteers, and parents. The students’ mosaic finalized their year-long studies on the theme “Reverence of Place.” Students also made a PowerPoint presentation to show how it all came together.
This project was made possible by an Artists Residency in Schools for Arts Learning Grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.

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Save the Date! NH Fall Arts Education Conference: October 31 - November 2

“The Arts as Inspiration for Learning * Teaching * Making * Living” takes place October 31-November 2 at the Barbara Harris Conference Center in Greenfield, NH, with a full workshop track at the Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center. Conference keynote speaker is Warren Seelig. Guest teaching artist is David Fichter and Jessica Wyatt is our conference artist in residence. David and Jessica will lead us in creating a community mosaic mural. More details and early registration will be posted soon at and

Private Lecture with Artist for John Stark Sculpture Class: John Stark Regional High School’s Sculpture class recently visited the New England College Gallery for a private lecture with exhibiting artist Andy Moerlein. Moerlein travels the globe creating public sculpture and currently has “Pondering the Unthinkable” on exhibit at NEC.  After the lecture, Moerlein followed the John Stark students back to the high school to see student artwork and tour the school’s art facilities. The sculpture class at John Stark is taught by Bess Robblee. 

News & Congratulations

New Granite State Arts Academy Charter School (Opening in Fall 2014 in Derry) Now Accepting Applications: After four years of planning, the Granite State Arts Academy (GSAA) will open its doors to students in grades 9 to 12 in Derry, NH. Dr. Michele Fox will be the school’s director. The school has room for 160 students and GSAA is now accepting applications. The charter school will be set up with an extended school day and focus on studies in dance, music, theater and visual arts. Tuition is free for New Hampshire residents. The school will also offer (tuition-based) after-school classes and workshops for all members of the public starting this summer. To learn more and find applications, visit You can also visit the school’s Facebook page at or email Wendie Leweck, business manager, at

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 NH High School Short Film Festival and to all students and teachers who participated! The NH Film & Television Office presented the High School Short Film Festival on May 24, 2014, at Red River Theatres in Concord. Sixty-one films were submitted by high-school students across the state. “Fragaria,” by Pinkerton High School’s Noah Levin and Nick Auger, received the Team Kia Jury Award for Best in Show, which includes a $1,000 honorarium. “Just Another Ski Movie,” by Londonderry High School’s Jonathan Klutsch, was Jury Award Runner-Up. Both “Fragaria” and “Just Another Ski Movie” will be screened at the New Hampshire Film Festival in Portsmouth in October and at the SNOB (Somewhat North of Boston) Film Festival in Concord in November. Read more about the festival at

New Spotlights on NH Arts Learning Network: Inspiring Arts in Education projects across the state are highlighted on the Arts Learning Network website, including programs at Portsmouth Middle School, Ernest Barker Elementary School in Derry, and Merrimack High School. If you would like to submit a project for spotlight consideration, please contact Catherine O’Brian.

Policy & Standards: National Core Arts Standards & Website Launched!

Celebrate the unveiling of standards written for and by arts educators to support quality teaching and learning!  The official launch of the standards took place June 4, 2014, with a national conference call moderated by Marcia McCaffrey, New Hampshire Department of Education and President of the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE), and Lynn Tuttle, Arizona Department of Education and Immediate Past President of SEADAE. You can download information about the launch by clicking here and visit the brand-new website at

These new, voluntary National Core Arts Standards are framed by artistic literacy, as outlined in philosophical foundations, lifelong goals, and artistic processes; articulated as anchor and performance standards that students should attain; and supported by instructional resources, including model cornerstone assessments that illustrate how literacy might be measured. The connective threads of this conceptual framework are designed to be understood by all stakeholders and, ultimately, to ensure success for both educators and students. Read More

Exhibits, Performances, Programs, Events

One Sky Futures invites you to attend a Performance of “The World is a Song” featuring TJ Wheeler & the One Sky Futures Fun Band, Thursday, June 5, at 10:45 am at the Portsmouth Public Media TV Station, 280 Marcy St., Portsmouth, NH. Please RSVP to TJ Wheeler created a “core team” project with young adults served by One Sky Futures in Newmarket. Highlights of the June 5th concert will include songs they’ve written, some Beatles favorites and a few numbers related to special themes. One Sky Futures Educational and Employment Services is a program of One Sky Community Services, a private, non-profit agency that serves people with developmental disabilities and acquired brain disorders in northern Rockingham County.

Pontine Theatre Presents the First Annual PORTSMOUTH PUPPETRY FESTIVAL: Sat. and Sunday, June 14 and 15, Pontine Theatre presents the first annual Portsmouth Puppetry Festival at the West End Studio Theatre.  The schedule of events includes Soloman & Ashmedal by Peaks Island Puppets at 2 pm on Saturday, June 14; Mano-a-Monolog by Andrew Periale at 7 pm on Saturday, June 14; Jester Kings of Java by Figures of Speech’s Ian Bannon at 2 pm on Sunday, June 15; and The Magic Soup and Other Stories by Puppet Showplace Theatre’s Resident Artist, Brad Shur, at 7 pm on Sunday, June 15.  Tickets are $15 for a single ticket, or $50 for a festival pass (which may be used for four admissions at any show).  Purchase tickets in advance online at Tickets may also be purchased at the door (cash and check only) based on availability. Pontine’s West End Studio Theatre is located at 959 Islington Street in Portsmouth NH.  Learn more: or call 603-436-6660.

Make Music Plymouth is an all-day, open-access, free festival taking place in downtown Plymouth, New Hampshire, on June 21st, 2014. Participation is encouraged from all ages, genres and abilities, from indie rock to bluegrass to a cappella, from music students to professional artists and everything in between. This celebration is not limited to residents of Plymouth, but invites music and fun enthusiasts from everywhere to come participate by performing, attending or volunteering. Join us to ring in the summer solstice as part of an international event with its heart and soul in our local community! Learn more at

The New Hampshire Master Chorale presents Leonard Bernstein’s MASS on Saturday, June 21, 7 pm at the Capital Commons Garage in Concord, NH, in collaboration with Red River Theatres. This program includes West Side Story screening and sing-a-long. To purchase tickets, call 603-224-4600 or visit The MASS will also be performed on Sunday, June 22, 4 pm at Plymouth Congregational Church, Plymouth, NH. To learn more or purchase tickets, call 855-642-4672 or visit:

Monadnock Summer Lyceum Presents Cultural Lectures This Summer: Please join us on Sunday mornings to hear world class speakers on social, political, educational, cultural, scientific, economic, environmental and artistic topics.  Enrich your summer in Peterborough, NH in the heart of the Monadnock Region. Presentations begin at 11:00 am and will be rebroadcast by NHPR on the following Sunday at 3 pm.

Drawing Attention in Concord: “Urban Sketching” happens when a group of people who enjoy drawing set a date and time to celebrate their creativity and their city together. On Saturday, June 28th, everyone is welcome to attend our first local event, "Drawing Attention in Concord." Absolutely everyone, all ages and skill levels, are encouraged to participate! 10 am: Kick-off gathering by the Arch in front of the State House; 12 noon: Meet at Eagle Square to chat, munch your lunch, share your sketchbook. Participation is free. Questions? 603-715-9152 or email

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 is open 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 — both inside and outside of the profession. Application packets are due June 20, 2014.

NEA Grant Guidelines: The National Endowment for the Arts announces that guidelines are available for Fiscal Year 2015 Funding Programs in Arts in Education.

Professional Development: Conferences, Workshops & Webinars

Summer Institute for Arts Integration From STEM to STEAM: Enchanted Circle Theater & Hitchcock Center For The Environment present Working with Water: A Science and Arts Integration Program for Educators, June 8-10, 2014, from 9 am – 3:30 pm. Join us for an engaging, rigorous, and fun professional development program designed to inspire you and your students about the wonders of water. Learn evidence-based tools to engage your students in science education through theater, storytelling, and other arts integration methods. Get Inspired! Enliven Your Curriculum!

The 21st Annual Higher Order Thinking (HOT) Schools Summer Institute will highlight the HOT Approach as a reliable keystone for employing instructional practice that cultivates critical, creative and innovative thinkers, inspires and motivates educators, and sparks the joy in teaching and learning. Join us July 14–18, 2014 at Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut.

Teacher Artist Retreat: 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. This is real PD for creative teachers – all educators are welcome. August 4-6, 2014.

Summer Opportunities in 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.

Explore Your Creative Side on Star Island This Summer
Voyage out this summer for Star Arts, a unique experience that promises to deliver an adventure full of learning, conversation, and relaxation. Participating in Star Arts (Saturday, June 14 through Saturday, June 21) is about building your talents with instructors in one of these creative fields: visual arts, photography, writing, music, theater and dance. Everyone is welcome to attend, from people just trying out a new love for painting, to those who have been photographing for years. To help you make your voyage out to Star Island for this early summer program, Star is offering you and your group 30% off room and board for the full 7-day stay. Simply select “group discount” at the bottom of the online registration form, and the discount will be applied on island.

Picturing Writing and Image-Making Summer Institute at the University of New Hampshire from 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. Questions? Email Beth at or call 603-659-6018.

Storytelling Institute August 15-17, 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.

2014 Arts and Passion-Driven Learning Institute: The Silk Road Project and the Harvard Graduate School of Education are 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, 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. October 27-28, 2014, Courtyard Marriott, Concord, NH.

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.

Developing Mutually Beneficial Partnerships Between Arts and Business: In addition to measuring the dollars spent by businesses in support of the arts, as well as the types of companies doing the supporting, the 2013 BCA Survey of Business Support for the Arts delved into the motivations and goals of businesses when considering partnerships with the arts. Fortunately, a lot of the reasons businesses choose not to support the arts can be amended by starting open communication with companies that historically have not shown interest in supporting our sector. Many times, this is because they don’t know how the arts can benefit the company and its employees and not because the arts are not perceived as useful to society. (It’s also important to remember that 66% of organizations in the survey stated that they have never been asked to support the arts). Read more.

South Arts Releases Reports Analyzing Access to and Quality of Arts Education in the South. The reports, Arts Education in the South Phase I: Public School Data and Principals’ Perspectives and Arts Education in the South Phase II: Profiles of Quality, look at access to and quality of arts education in K-12 public schools in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee through a set of quantitative and qualitative research. Read more.

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 the portal 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.

Calls for Entry, & Proposals

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 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.

Attention Choreographers: Free Fall Contemporary Dance Company invites choreographers to submit proposals for their “Boost Performance Series” choreographers’ showcase September 20. Check out their Facebook page for details and submission information:

NH Arts Learning Network Meet-Ups

Meet-Ups are informal regional meetings where members of the NH arts education community can gather to get to know one another, talk, share ideas and experiences, inspire one another and plan together. We just wrapped up our spring season of Meet-Ups and look forward to holding meetings again in the Fall. Let us know what inspiring arts adventures you are having around the state this summer! If you are interested in attending or hosting a Meet-Up, contact Catherine O’Brian, catherine.o', or 603-271-0795.

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.

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