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The Dandy Dandelion – NH Arts Learning Network Summer Bulletin 


NHALN Updates
Local News from Schools and Towns
Statewide News
Upcoming Grant Opportunities
National News
Get Involved

This flower…
I was barely old enough to ask and repeat its name.
‘Convolvulus,’ said my mother.
Pale shell-pink, a chalice
no wider across than a silver sixpence.
It looked at me, I looked
back, delight
filled me as if
I, not the flower,
were a flower and were brimful of rain.
And there was endlessness.
Perhaps through a lifetime what I’ve desired
has always been to return
to that endless giving and receiving, the wholeness
of that attention,
that once-in-a-lifetime
secret communion.
    -From the poem First Love by Denise Levertov


Hello Arts & Education Friends!

We are at the midpoint of summer, high summer. Our woods and gardens are lush and green after all the heat and rain.  We hope you have taken a pause to observe, reflect and bask in the beauty and variety…the astonishments of a New Hampshire summer. It’s fun to see the art works and writings of children from the projects happening around our state. We are writing with updates on new developments with the NH Arts Learning Network website and many exciting arts events and professional development opportunities.  We envision a NH Arts Learning Network that is inclusive and has potential for statewide “collective impact.”

NH Arts Learning Network (NHALN) Updates

A new listing of Summer Arts Camps and Creative Arts Learning opportunities (for youth and adults) has been added. Many of the Arts Camps still have openings and offer scholarships. You can find the Summer Arts Camps listing here. If you or someone you know would like to be included in this listing, please write to Also, we would love to know if you have used the listing in some way that’s helpful.  We hope to transition in the fall to a comprehensive listing of Afterschool/Out-of-School Arts Programs and Creative Learning opportunities that include afterschool programs, weekend or evening classes and school vacation opportunities.  We feel so proud of New Hampshire for these rich and varied offerings in a variety of arts disciplines.

Spotlights Highlight Creative Projects: We recently added “Spotlights" that highlight several wonderful creative arts learning projects  including: a Research and Comic Book AIR Project with Marek Bennett at the South Londonderry School; a Phenomenal Woman Project with teen girls in the greater Portsmouth area at the Arts in Reach program; Roses from Concrete and an exhibit and seminar at SNHU on Entrepreneurship of Urban Street Culture that included students from the Manchester School of Technology, funded in part by a NHSCA Youth Arts Project grant. Spotlights include photos, samples of youth art works, project goals and basic funding sources, plus weblinks and evaluation samples. New “Spotlights” will be added quarterly – so please send your suggestions and write-ups if you have a “Spotlight” idea for a project that you think exhibits a “best practice in arts learning.” Special thanks to our summer college intern, Julianne Hopkins, an English major at Bates College, who has made these valuable contributions to the NHALN happen!

Look for our New Postcard!
The NHALN leadership team has been hard at work, holding a series of web administrator trainings and coordinating a postcard mailing to art and music teachers in all NH schools. You will find these colorful postcards in your mailbox, an uplifting symbol steering you to the support and resources of our network of like-minded arts supporters! Let us know if you would like additional postcards to promote the NHALN in your schools and communities.

Local News from Schools and Towns

Recovery Through Craft
is a program designed for people dealing with serious ongoing illness and for caregivers. Classes are held at the League of NH Craftsmen, 13 Lebanon St., Hanover. Focus areas include Mixed Media Collage, Prayer Flags, A Taste of Working in Clay plus others. The program is sponsored in part by the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, enabling Craft studies to offer these classes at a discounted rate. Scholarships are available and in some cases instruction is free.

Did you know? The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center offers creative camps such as Destination Space GirlVenture camp for girls ages 11-14.

From My Window: The Views of Four New Hampshire Artists is on exhibit July 1 – 30, 2013 at the Works Bakery Café on North Main Street in Concord. The adult artists in this show have developmental disabilities and are supported by Independent Services Network (ISN) Inc. Through an innovative partnership, the artists have been taking art classes at the Kimball Jenkins School of Art, Concord.  For more information and to purchase work, please contact Annie Clark at (603) 486-7399 or

Statewide News: Exciting collaborative conferences, programs, professional development and award opportunities

Exploring Creativity:
NH State Council on the Arts' Fall 2013 Arts Education Partnership Conference will take place October 25 and 26, 2013 at Camp Cody on Lake Ossipee. The conference brings teachers, artists, parents and community arts leaders together to learn about the power of the arts (all disciplines!) to transform the educational experience for youth, teachers and schools (in and out of the school day). Keynotes will be Eric Booth, one of America’s most creative educators and best teachers of creativity, opening the two-day conference on Friday, and Heidi JoAnn Welch, Music Educator at Hillsboro-Deering High School and 2013 NH Teacher of the Year opening with an inspiring presentation on Saturday. Presentations and workshop topics will include Arts and the Common Core, information on the new National Arts Standards, arts education research by the College Board, grants writing for the arts and best practices in arts integration. School parent and teacher teams are encouraged to attend. To learn more,contact Catherine O'Brian, Arts Education Coordinator, NH State Council on the Arts, 271-0795, or Conference details, including a call for workshop presenters and registration will be posted soon at and

Arts in Inclusive Learning Summer Institute & Workshops: The Arts Alliance of Northern NH and VSA NH are offering  a three-day summer institute and two full-day workshops as part of their Arts in Inclusive Learning program, supported through a contract with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. To learn more or register, click here.
In "Using Music to Support Successful Inclusion: the role music and arts-based teaching can play in meeting the needs of all learners,”
August 12-14 at Plymouth State University, participants will explore classroom culture and design; learn a wide variety of traditional songs, chants, and singing games; and build homemade musical instruments from natural or recycled materials. All activities can be used in many ways to promote learning for students of all abilities.The institute will address visual arts, creative drama and movement as well. Cost: $125 (includes lunches), $100 for AANNH members. Scholarships are available.  May also be taken for 2 graduate credits at the reduced rate of $175/credit. For classroom teachers, music educators, SPED administrators & teachers, early-childhood educators, paraprofessionals, librarians and family members.
Inclusive Arts Classrooms: A Workshop for Art, Music & SPED Educators, takes place Friday, August 16 from 9 am to 3 pm at the Currier Museum of Art, Manchester and Friday, August 23, 9 am to 3 pm, at Laconia High School. Music, Art & SPED teachers will come together to discuss barriers to learning and successful participation experienced by students with disabilities and special learning needs, and explore strategies that can assist teachers in lesson and classroom planning to help overcome these barriers. Cost: $35 (includes lunch), $25 for AANNH and Currier Educator members. Professional development credits are offered.

2nd Annual Extending the Dance Map Conference: Every.Body.Moves!  Dancers and teachers at all grade levels are invited to attend a full-day conference on movement education on Thursday, August 15, in Bethlehem NH. The conference, which will include discussion and participatory workshops, is presented by the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire in partnership with the Cultivate Dance Festival, which continues through August 18. Email for details.

Art Teacher Camp Days at The Arts Collaborative,
Meredith, will be held on Friday, August 16 and Saturday, August 17. $40 each day includes lunch! These days are designed to mix sharing, exploring, discussion, learning and recharging together! Each day will include: Pop up Exhibit: Theme is Art Inspired by Other Countries. Bring a sample and a lesson plan to share; small group and large group discussions on key topics; guided hands-on art making workshop; play time to make art; and spotlight talks. Friday, August 16: Thinking Outside of the Box- Refreshing and rethinking our schedules, and plans for the year...with a SPOTLIGHT: ReThinking TIME: A Revolutionary Vision for Scheduling the Arts in Elementary Schools, led by Lynn Compton, Peterborough's art & music teacher. Hands-on Workshop: Fused Glass Suncatcher,  led by Lynn Haust. Saturday, August 17: Making Connections to Other Curricula- Bring a classroom teacher partner, or your thoughts about specific grade agendas...Spotlight talk on Arts and Literacy: A Multi-Layered Annual Approach, led by Diane Ferrisi. Hands-on Workshop: Making Art in Nature: Taking it Outdoors- led by Cynthia Robinson. We'll explore materials and strategies for incorporating a sense of place, science, social studies and collaboration standards. Register by AUGUST 10 -you can sign up for one or both days. Call 603-7071631 or email Cynthia for the form: 

Creative Collaboration is the theme for the NH Art Educators’ Association’s 2013 Fall Conference on Saturday, October 19, 9 am to 5 pm at the NH Institute of Art in Manchester.  This year the NH Art Educators, the NH State Council on the Arts and the Arts Alliance of Northern NH will work creatively and collaboratively with other partners, artists and presenters to bring a dynamic professional development opportunity to art educators and teaching artists. The conference will include creative lesson plans, innovative thinking about art education and visual arts and interdisciplinary teaching strategies. To learn more, contact Claire Provencher, President, at or visit

Submit a nomination for one of the 2013 NH Governor’s Arts Awards
(including new Youth Arts Leadership award)!
The Arts Education Award recognizes an individual, nonprofit organization, school district or community that has made an outstanding contribution to arts education within the past three years. Contributions may include innovation and/or sustained contributions to arts education in the classroom, leadership in a school such as the implementation of a comprehensive arts curriculum, the securing of increased funding or other significant contribution to arts education.
A new category, Youth Arts Leadership Award, recognizes a high school aged student who has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills and initiative by developing and/or implementing an arts-based project in any discipline (music, visual arts, crafts, film making, writing, poetry, etc.) that directly impacted a community in New Hampshire by strengthening the community’s identity, increasing local engagement in the arts or by reaching underserved populations in the community. The nominee must be a current student at a public or private high school or a high school-aged youth who is being homeschooled. To read nomination guidelines and learn other details visit

Poetry Out Loud in New Hampshire High Schools for 2013-2014 Academic Year: 
Poetry Out Loud is a free national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools across the country. Join us for our ninth annual program where high school-aged students from around NH will bring great poetry to life. Last year 35 high schools participated. This year we are limiting NH POL to the first 40 schools to register.  To learn more about Poetry Out Loud nationally visit  For more details on the NH program visit: or contact Catherine O’Brian,

AM (+ Arts) Presentation to NH State Board of Education: 
Marcia McCaffrey, NHDOE and Catherine O’Brian, NH State Council on the Arts, made a presentation in June on the many benefits of adding the Arts and Design to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) projects and special initiatives. They shared STEAM projects taking place in NH at conferences and in schools. You can learn more about STEM to STEAM and check out their PowerPoint on the NH Arts Learning Network website.

NH Arts in Healthcare Conference:
Hats off to Alice Kinsler, Activities Director at Concord Hospital, for her work as Co-Coordinator of an exciting and successful statewide NH Arts in Healthcare Conference, a two-day event for healthcare practitioners and leaders in the arts community.  The conference brought over 125 people together for workshops, inspiration and discussion about how to advance the field of Arts in Healthcare in New Hampshire.  Guest speaker Gary Christenson, M.D., past President of the Global Alliance for Arts and Health, presented a dynamic keynote and PowerPoint opening our minds to ideas and possibilities and introducing models integrating the arts in health and healing around the world. To learn more visit This work will be moving forward in a variety of ways with a new web presence and NH Arts in Healthcare listserv.

Upcoming Grant Opportunities

General Project Grants ($750 - $4,500) for Community Engagement, an FY14 grant opportunity of the NH State Council on the Arts, has a deadline coming up August 2, 2013 (postmark) for projects taking place between November 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014.  Communities benefit from a lively arts and cultural sector both socially and economically. General Project Grants for Community Engagement are designed to help Main Street Programs, municipalities, nonprofit organizations and schools bring arts presentations and activities into communities to enhance the quality of life for citizens, attract visitors and help stimulate local economies through the arts. This competitive and matching grant category supports a wide range of activities including performances, concerts, exhibits, workshops, local festivals, collaborative public art projects, etc., that engage the arts and artists for the benefit of New Hampshire residents and communities. Short-term arts presentations and activities in schools or after-school programs for youth of all ages are eligible, as are projects that help to preserve, document and showcase heritage & traditional arts and cultural diversity in NH communities.  For more details, application forms and guidelines visit: or contact Catherine O’Brian, or Cassandra Mason,

NH Charitable Foundation Community Grants Deadline August 21: NHCF’s Community Grants Program is a broad, competitive program that responds to community needs within New Hampshire and border communities. There are small and large grants. NHCF is accepting online applications for small grants ($5,000 or less) on a rolling basis through Friday, November 15. Learn more and apply here.
Beginning Thursday, August 1, NHCF will be accepting online concept papers for large grants (up to $20,000 in the regions and $25,000 for statewide organizations) with a deadline of Wednesday, August 21. If your concept paper is accepted, you will be notified by Wednesday, September 11, and asked to fill out an application. Applications will be due on Monday, September 30. Final notifications of grant awards will occur by the end of December. To learn more and get started on your application, visit for a template of large operating grant concept paper questions or large project grant concept paper questions, an informational webinar and program FAQs.
For general questions about preparing an application, what NHCF funds or deadlines, contact Wendy Cahill at or 603-225-6641 x1249. For technical questions about online applications contact Loretta Gomes at or 603-225-6641 x1283.

National News

Arts at the Core,
an initiative of the College Board’s Advocacy & Policy Center,
is empowering education leaders, particularly in under-resourced districts, to implement rigorous arts programming in their schools. The work has included several publications, a national survey of school superintendents and principals, a research brief, research on the alignment between arts learning and objectives of the Common Core State Standards and a survey of nearly 1,000 principals and superintendents nationwide to understand the most significant challenges they face in their efforts to provide quality arts education to all students.  To learn more visit

Free VSA Webinar Features NH Presenters! We're proud that VSA NH's Deborah Stuart and board member Janice Hastings are presenting a national webinar, "Meeting Behavioral Challenges in Artist Residencies: What Shall I Do Next?", today (Tuesday, July 23) from 3 to 4 pm that's part of the free VSA Webinar Series offered by the Office of VSA and Accessibility at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Reserve your Webinar seat now at: If you are unable to attend the Webinar live, but are still interested in viewing it, go ahead and register and you will receive a link to a recording of the Webinar one hour following its completion. For teaching Artists, teachers who have TAs in their classes, paraprofessionals, school specialists (OT, PT, Speech and Language, etc.), specials teachers (Art, Music, Dance, Theater), community art program organizers and administrators interested in arts programming in their schools or organizations.

Free Music & Neuroscience Webinar Opportunity:
Music education and neuroscience take center stage at the NEA Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development’s free, live public webinar on Thursday, July 25 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm.  As part of a growing body of research on arts and brain function, music research has many people listening.  Neuroscience has helped to demonstrate the work of innovative music-education programs around the country.  For two decades, neurobiologist Nina Kraus has pioneered multidisciplinary research on how music affects brain function across the lifespan.  Dr. Kraus, principal investigator at the Auditory Neuroscience Lab - at Northwestern University, will share her latest findings on music learning and brain development as they relate to Harmony Project, an award-winning organization that provides research-based music education to at-risk youth in Los Angeles, California.  To join the webinar please register in advance. You may listen using your computer's speakers or dial in to 1-877-685-5350 and use participant code 739587. Attendees will be muted but able to type in questions and comments through a text Q&A box.  A video will be featured during the presentation but only the audio will be available via computer. Follow on Twitter as for a live-tweet @NEAarts, hashtag #NEAtaskforce. An archive of the webinar will be available at

Get Involved!

We encourage you to become involved with the NH Arts Learning Network! Please send us news items and event announcements, and let us know if you attended a workshop or event.

Do you have content to share? We are looking for some great models and best practices in “competencies” in the arts at the high-school level. Help spread the word to other artists, educators, parents, arts advocates and community arts leaders. Email your news items (short but sweet!) to You can also post your news and events to our Facebook page, and add your events to our calendar. We hope to see you at some of the events coming up this summer and through the fall!

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