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Joy of Life

"Joy of Life," created by Merrimack High
Glass Program students. Photo courtesy
art educator Carolyn Rordam

 

NH Arts Learning Network February 2014


Dandelion Bulletin

Dear New Hampshire Arts Education Friends and Colleagues,

What motivates you? According to author Daniel H. Pink, the secret to performance and satisfaction – at work, at school, and at home – is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world. We know that the arts engage students in school and motivate them to learn. How can we best convey to school boards, administrators, parents, community members and legislators the benefits of quality arts learning and the multiple ways the arts prepare students for success in life, school and work? We have an arts advocacy campaign in March -- we invite you to join us, and also to send us your ideas on advocacy: what has worked for you, your school or community?


March Is Arts in Education Month! 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--but March is a particularly good time, since it's Arts in the Schools and Youth Arts Month! 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 in March – or any other 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 nhartslearningnetwork@gmail.com.


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, catherine.r.obrian@dcr.nh.gov.

“….a quick note to say how great it was to be part of last night’s (Feb.) NHALN Meet Up at the Children’s Museum. I had a great time and was so inspired by Anna Nuttall’s Powerpoint images and work. I am definitely going to check out the network’s website!” – Fran Meffen, Director, STEAM Academy, Dover Middle School, Building STEAM in Dover

Upcoming NH Arts Learning Network Meet-Ups:

Open to all educators, artists, parents and arts education advocates and leaders.

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: www.kimballjenkins.com/content/directions. Enjoy the NH Youth Art Month show on exhibit. Roundtable 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.

Mid-Winter Fun Contest: Make a Guess!

How many people have joined the NH Arts Learning Network as of February 20th?

Which NH school has had the most snow days during academic year 2013-2014?

How many high schools in NH offer a dance class taught by a certified dance educator or teaching artist during the school day?

How many high schools in NH require one full arts credit to graduate?

Winning answers will be announced in our next issue of the Dandelion bulletin and individual winners will each receive a CD from the NH State Council on the Arts. Send your answers to nhartslearningnetwork@gmail.com by March 14th with your contact information and home address.


Exhibits, Performances, Programs, Events

March is Youth Art Month! The 2014 NH Arts Educators' Association state Youth Art Month show will be held at Kimball Jenkins School of Art in Concord from March 14th to April 11th. The Capital region Arts Educators will hold an exhibit of Youth Art at Red River Theatres from March 1-29. If you have an exhibit in your school or region, please post it on our calendar!

The NH Poetry Out Loud Program (2013-2014) includes 37 high schools and a library/home schoolers’ site participating in the National Endowment for the Arts’ exciting 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 (New England College, Henniker; Southern NH University, Manchester; UNH, Durham; and Jean’s Playhouse, Lincoln) with a state finals competition on March 13, 2014 at the NH State House. Semi-finals and finals are free and open to the public. To learn more and check dates and sites (plus snow dates) visit: www.nh.gov and click on the Poetry Out Loud button.

Jazz Night 2014; Portsmouth Music & Arts Center (PMAC) Plays the Beatles on Friday, March 7, 7 and 9 pm at the Music Hall Loft, 131 Congress St., Portsmouth. For tickets call The Music Hall Loft Box Office, 436-2400 or purchase on line, www.themusichall.org. Portsmouth Music & Arts Center is a nonprofit music and arts school serving the greater Seacoast of NH. To learn more about PMAC visit: www.pmaconline.org

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: www.northernstage.org or call 802-296-7000

The YO YO Show with John Higby, Sat., March 8, 2 pm – Pontine’s West End Studio Theatre, Portsmouth, presents John & Rebecca Higby’s amazing program that combines high skills and deft timing to swingin’ music coupled with high energy. John Higby holds a Guinness World Record, a YoYo Champion title and has performed in over 20 countries. To purchase tickets in advance or learn more visit: www.pontine.org

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. To RSVP, learn more about related talks and workshops for artists, educators and parents visit: http://www.cfsnh.org/pages/programs/CampSpaulding/cip.html, or the Family Connections Center at: www.nh.gov/nhdoc/fcc. For directions to Kimball Jenkins visit www.kimballjenkins.com.

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, portsmouthyouthart@gmail.com

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 the roots/folk group Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem (March 11-15); Peruvian musicians and dancers Inkas Wasi (March 24-28) ; mime and dance artist Karen Montanaro; and poet Verandah Porche. Please email programs@aannh.org 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 through March 31. More details are available at www.nhstudentfilm.com. Media arts faculty interested in receiving updates about the Festival via e-mail should contact film@nh.gov.

Radical Jewelry Makeover is the first project of the Dartmouth College HOP’s new Community Venture initiative (CVI). Radical Jewelry Makeover resuses junk jewelry, promotes sustainabile 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. Madeover jewelry will be on exhibit at the Hopkins Center from May 12 – June 15. To learn more visit: https://hop.dartmouth.edu/Online/communityventure

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. To register or learn more, visit www.nhnonprofits.org.


Grants, Awards & Artist Opportunities

The next deadline for the New England Foundation for the Arts’ (NEFA) New England States Touring grants is March 3, for projects beginning on or after June 1. These grants fund projects appropriate for schools and out of school programs. Check out the guidelines here.

NH Arts in Education (AIE) Roster of Teaching Artists, Application Deadline: April 4, 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 visit: www.nh.gov/nharts and click on Arts & Artists, or contact Catherine O’Brian, Catherine.R.Obrian@dcr.nh.gov

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. Grant requests: $1,000 - $4,500. Learn more at http://www.nh.gov/nharts/grants/partners/artistresidencies.htm or contact Catherine O’Brian, NH State Council on the Arts, 271-0795, Catherine.R.Obrian@dcr.nh.gov.

Youth Arts Project Grants (for NH non profits 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. Grant requests:$1,000 - $4,500. Learn more at http://www.nh.gov/nharts/grants/youtharts.htm or contact Catherine O’Brian, NH State Council on the Arts, 271-0795, Catherine.R.Obrian@dcr.nh.gov.

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 hard to establish itself as a cutting edge nonprofit organization. Their focus and passion lies within the arts and athletics. Take a moment to explore and enjoy the site. http://rockonfoundation.org

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 https://artsaward.collegeboard.org/?ep_ch=PR&ep_mid=10863741&ep_rid=173692883 or email acharleroy@collegeboard.org with any questions during the application process.

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

Conference: Where the Wild Things Are: using a much-loved book for arts-based learning, an Arts in Early Learning conference presented by the Arts Alliance of Northern NH and VSA New Hampshire under a contract with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, takes place Saturday, March 8, 2014, at White Mountains Community College and on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at The Goddard School in Derry. Using visual arts, music, creative drama and movement, participants will explore how all kinds of activities flowing from one book can unlock self expression and positive group dynamics and advance language and literacy learning in preschool and early elementary classrooms and child-care centers. Visit www.aannh.org for details and to register.

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. Materials, content, and certificate of attendance with 5 professional development contact hours. This workshop will 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: https://www.smore.com/gcnc.

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 www.aannh.org for details and to download the conference brochure.

Workshop: Emerging Voices of New Hampshire Cross-Cultural Journeys in Literature - Tuesday, March 25 at the Mariposa Museum, Peterborough. In this workshop, middle and high school teachers will learn dynamic, interactive strategies for opening up the rich world of cultures for students. To register, contact Karla Hostetler at 924-4555 or karla@mariposamuseum.org.  

Mindfulness & the Arts Conference: Online registration is now available for Mindfulness, Compassion & the Arts: From Neuroscience to Clinical Practice, Expressive Media's Spring Institute, which will be held in Arlington, VA from April 4-6, 2014, just minutes from the Washington, DC Cherry Blossom Festival. This exciting continuing education opportunity offers arts therapists, mental health specialists, helping professionals, arts professionals, and interested others the chance to come together to learn, collaborate, and network.

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


Artist’s Workshop – Community Arts Behind Bars, Thurs., April 24 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. To learn more or to register contact Kristina Toth, Kristina.Toth@nhdoc.state.nh.us or Catherine.R.Obrian@dcr.nh.gov 

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: www.frostplace.org 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, thirty 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: http://music.umich.edu/ami/bannermoments/overview.htm

Summer Learning: Awareness Through the Body, July 7-21, 2014: Awareness Through the Body is a comprehensive series of exercises that aims to raise awareness and enable children and adults to become conscious of their own perceptions and abilities so that they may become self-aware, self-directed individuals. In this training for adults, teachers, therapists, yoga and movement instructors can learn activities experientially which they can then implement with their students. Antioch University.

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.

Teaching the Humanities through Art Summer Institute: The Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington is now accepting applications for its 2014 Summer Institutes, offering 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 AmericanArtInstitutes@si.edu or call 202-633-8387.


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.

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 ncld.org. “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: http://www.wallacefoundation.org/knowledge-center/arts-education/Community-Approaches-to-Building-Arts-Education/Pages/Something-to-Say-Success-Principles-for-Afterschool-Arts-Programs.aspx

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.
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

See http://nccas.wikispaces.com/.

 

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.

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: http://www.nhaudubon.org/about/centennial or contact Ruth Smith, NH Audubon Centennial Coordinator, rsmith@nhaudubon.org.

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.’


News & Congratulations

New Executive Director at Arts in Reach (AIR)
Mary Jo Monusky joins Arts in Reach as the new Executive Director. As a former partner in an arts-based business and one of the founding members of Art Esprit, an organization of visual and literary artists, MJ understands the uplifting and transformative power of the arts. Arts In Reach provides mentoring through the arts to teenage girls in the Greater Seacoast of New Hampshire, empowering them by utilizing accessible arts programming as the platform for success. AIR develops girls’ creative freedom and power of voice in a positive setting. For a brief profile and images of Arts in Reach, check the NH Arts Learning Network’s home page “Spotlight” link, www.nhartslearningnetwork.org

President Obama announced his intent to nominate Dr. Jane Chu as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts: President Obama said, “Jane’s lifelong passion for the arts and her background in philanthropy have made her a powerful advocate for artists and arts education in Kansas City. She knows firsthand how art can open minds, transform lives and revitalize communities, and believes deeply in the importance of the arts to our national culture. I’m proud to nominate her as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.” Read more about President Obama’s nomination.


In Memoriam

New Hampshire lost two great artists this month -- poet Maxine Kumin (1925-2014) and musician Bob McQuillen (1923-2014) .The Arts Learning Network joins family, friends and admirers in acknowledging their accomplishments and contributions. Read tributes on the NH State Council on the Arts website:  Maxine Kumin, & Bob McQuillen,


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 nhartslearningnetwork@gmail.com with ideas, comments, suggestions or questions.


The Five Conditions of Collective Impact and the NH Arts Learning Network

Collective impact is an approach to solving societal problems based on the idea that no organization acting alone can solve complex issues. A Collective impact approach requires the commitment of a group of organizations – including nonprofits, schools, government, business and philanthropy – to coordinate their efforts around a clearly defined goal. At GEO’s 2012 National Conference Fay HanleyBrown shared five key conditions for shared success with collective impact. To learn more visit: www.fsg.org or http://geofunders.org/peer-learning-opportunities/webinars/. The chart excerpted below is from “Channeling Change: Making Collective Impact Work” (Stanford Social Innovation Review) by Fay HanleyBrown, John Kania & Mark Kramer.

How can we make the best use of our NH Arts Learning Network for and through collective impact? Send us your ideas, thoughts, and top priorities.

Common Agenda

All participants have a shared vision for change including a common understanding of the problem and a joint approach to solving it through agreed upon actions.

Shared Measurement

Collecting data and measuring results consistently across all participants ensures efforts remain aligned and participants hold each other accountable.

Mutually Reinforcing Activities

Participant activities must be differentiated while still being coordinated through a mutually reinforcing plan of action.

Continuous Communication

Consistent and open communication is needed across the many players to build trust, assure mutual objectives, and create common motivation.

Backbone Support

Creating and managing collective impact requires a separate organization(s) with staff and a specific set of skills to serve as the backbone for the entire initiative and coordinate participating organizations and agencies.


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