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Dandelion News - December 18, 2014

The Arts Council of Tamworth partnered on two artist residencies with the K.A. Brett School, Tamworth: Painting with Wool, with Marcy Schepker – creating “Our Home Through the Seasons” needle-felted murals (pictured here, Winter & Summer), and Math Art with glass artist Hans Schepker – students and teachers investigated math concepts in origami. These two AIR FY2014 grants were supported by the NH State Council on the Arts. Details at Photos courtesy Juno Lamb.


The Arts in Education - A Remarkable Catalyst for Growth!

As we celebrate and reflect during the holidays, we thank each one of you whose belief, involvement and investment in the NH Arts Learning Network creates a partnership with amazing outcomes. Your action and engagement demonstrate that the arts make a difference in young people's lives. Whether you are a student, arts educator, teaching artist, parent, volunteer, or mentor; whether you work for a summer arts camp, community arts council or arts organization; whether you contributed a gift to the raffle, funded a scholarship, helped to build a new community arts school, or enhanced an arts education academic program -- you make an impact.

The NH Arts Learning Network exists because a group of advocates and leaders believed that together we can have a stronger impact. Here we are today, as partners, engaged with the arts in each school, community and region of the state. This collective strength and spirit gives us more wisdom and power to continue this valuable work. We know that a quality arts learning experience can transform the creative lives of students and youth for generations to come. Through the arts, we are invited to discover new insights about ourselves, our work, or the magic of a supportive community. With our best wishes and hopes for a creative, art-filled New Year!

Conference Recap & Resources:

The Arts as Inspiration for Learning*Teaching* Making*Living -- the NH State Council on the Arts’ Fall 2014 Arts Education Partnership Conference -- took place the weekend of October 31–November 2 in Greenfield, NH. More than 150 artists, teachers and arts education leaders representing 100 schools/organizations and five states explored and participated in arts learning workshops and professional development. Together, we visualized change, helped make a mandala mosaic mural for NH’s Hospital for Children, listened to inspiring speakers and presenters, connected with new and old friends and learned about new pathways for successful inclusion in arts education. The weekend included a special visit and workshop on “Inclusion in the Arts” at Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center. A Saturday night “Inspire Me” session shared visual presentations on ten exciting arts-centered solutions, projects, programs, initiatives and lesson plans. If you missed the conference, you can visit the NH Arts Learning Network website to see photos and handouts from presenters and keynote speakers. In our next bulletin we will share some of the “transformation” resolutions participants’ made at the conference.


The Hopkinton Elementary Schools' AIR Grant Project (FY2013) will be featured in the national School Arts Magazine in January 2015, with one of the students’ images on the cover! Special thanks to the residency artist, photographer Nancy Grace Horton, for initiating the submission and write-up, and to the school’s fabulous art educator and AIR Coordinator, Kim Emerson.

NH Art Educators (NHAEA) have announced that the 2014-2015 recipient of the NH Art Educator of the Year Award is Campbell High School art educator Denise Freeman. According to CHS Principal Laurie Rothhaus, “Mrs. Freeman is an exemplary teacher who displays pragmatism and diligence in a profession that is faced with increasing demands and challenges. Mrs. Freeman was instrumental in creating a masterful curriculum as an original teacher who was hired to open Campbell High School in the year 2000. Her deep commitment to the school and the community not just as a teacher but as a leader is an example of what is right in our schools. She works long hours and lives her philosophy of being a lifelong learner and role model who creates a whirlwind of enthusiasm wherever she goes.”

Congratulations to arts education provider AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, NH, for being recognized by the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce as the 2014 Business of the Year. Paul Boucher, the chamber’s Executive Director, praised AVA for providing “unique experiences for people of all ages and abilities.” The Chamber also acknowledged AVA for having been “an excellent economic partner for downtown,” pointing out how arts events and programs help draw visitors to the city’s restaurants.

Exhibits, Performances, Programs, Events

Poetry Out Loud’s 10th Anniversary in NH and across the US: Thousands of high school students from 40 NH high schools have started holding their school-wide competitions and reciting poetry! The four regional semi-final competitions are free and open to the public. To learn more and find out about the semi-finals and names of high school champions, visit:

Discover Drerup, a visual art experience for students at Karl Drerup Art Gallery, Plymouth State University: How are artworks cared for and by whom? What criteria, methods, and processes are used to select work for preservation or presentation? Why do people value objects, artifacts, and artworks, and select them for presentation? These are questions raised in the new Visual Art Standards, under “Presenting,” and KDAG is offering a way to weave this discussion into your curriculum through a tailored, interactive visit designed to address the new national Visual Arts standards and to connect to Common Core goals. The program includes a guided tour of the exhibit “Transcendence of Trees” (February 2-March 5) which features sculptures by Emile Birch. Content includes an activity using grade-appropriate materials, art making in response to the exhibit, and follow-up lessons. Optional extras: guided tour of the PSU art studios and visits to local arts businesses. To sign up and/or get more information, email or call, 603-535-2614

Northern NH and Lakes Region schools and community organizations are invited to participate in upcoming artist residencies: The Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire is signing up schools and community organizations for assemblies and workshops with Mckendy Fils-Aime, a Haitian-American poet and educator from Manchester, NH, between January 11 and 18. Mckendy is an organizer and co-host for his home slam, the long-running and wildly popular Slam Free or Die. A seven-time veteran of the National Poetry Slam and a Pushcart nominee, He will offer poetry workshops and slams where students can write and share their own work as well as a collaborative poetry workshop for families, race/identity workshops and professional development for teachers. Visit to learn about this and other 2015 residencies with Taiko drummers, a saxophone quartet, and Marvelous Marvin’s STEAM Tour.

Calls for Entry & Proposals

Juried High School Art Exhibit:

High school art educators are invited to submit student work for the Friends of the Arts’ Annual Juried High School Art Exhibit, which will run at the Silver Cultural Center in Plymouth, NH, from Sunday, February 1 -Thursday, February 19. Click here for details on the exhibit, submission guidelines, etc.

Practice What You Teach: A Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Art Created by New Hampshire’s Art Educators taking place March 3 – April 10, 2015, New Hampshire Institute of Art. ENTRY DEADLINE: February 13, 2015. This exhibition of painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, mixed media and sculpture will be on display in the Institute’s French Building Gallery.

Call for Poetry Submissions: The Center for the Arts seeks works from New Hampshire poets interpreting the theme Poetry Born from Music, a program celebrating Poetry Month in Words, Music and Photography. Choose and name a piece of music that particularly moves you. Where does the music take you? Compose a poem about the feelings and/or images that this music evokes. There is no fee for submission, and entries must be postmarked by February 16, 2015.

Survey of K-12 Educators & Afterschool Learning Providers: The Heritage & Traditional Arts Program of the NH State Council on the Arts is developing curriculum guides and lesson plans to help educators learn about NH’s traditional arts and culture. We are looking for responses from educators in visual arts, music, theatre, PE, social studies, history, science, and classroom teachers. Please take our 5 minute survey polling which curriculum resources you use regularly, and what resources can best support your teaching. For more information contact the Heritage & Traditional Arts Coordinator, Julianne Morse.

Grants, Awards, Artist & Job Opportunities

Arts Learning Grant Writing Workshops: The NH State Council on the Arts will offer two free Grant Writing Workshops for Arts Learning, AIR and Creative Youth Development Projects on January 30 or February 13, 2015, 9:30-2:30 at the PSU Graduate Center in Concord. The State Council has a variety of grants available for Academic Year 2015-2016 (FY2016) that support quality Arts in Education and Integrated Arts Learning for both in school and extended learning educational settings. The workshop, led by Catherine O'Brian, Arts Education and Grants Coordinator, will cover grant guidelines, roles of partners, curriculum connections, choice of artists, writing goals, evaluation for improvement, planning residency schedules and budgets. Certificates of attendance will be given out. Pre-registration is required as space may be limited. For more information or to register, contact Catherine O'Brian by email or phone (603) 271-0795. Grant guidelines and deadlines will be posted at

Grant Opportunity: NH’s Rock on Foundation (ROF) is a nonprofit organization that serves to increase community artistic and athletic opportunities. In 2015 ROF will be offering project grants to non-profit organizations and a Rock on Award to individuals. Funding requests must focus on increasing community athletic or artistic opportunities. Deadlines in March, April, and September 2015.

Grant Guidelines Workshop: The National Endowment for the Arts will offer Art Works and Challenge America grants in 2015. Grant funds are to support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. Matching grants generally range from $10,000 to $100,000. Guidelines will be available in late December 2014.

Sondheim Award Nominations: Did you have a teacher who inspired you or changed your life? The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards were created to publicly recognize the contributions of specific teachers and reward them for their dedication and service. The teachers featured in the most inspiring stories will each receive $10,000. Teachers of ALL subjects (kindergarten to college) are eligible. Nominations may be written or in audio or video formats. Nomination deadline is December 31, 2014. For more information on how to nominate an inspirational teacher, please visit: or call (202) 416-8811.

Professional Development: Conferences, Workshops, Meetings & Webinars

Workshop: Beth Olshansky in partnership with the UNH Center for the Advancement of Art Based Literacy, will be leading five workshops on Teaching the ART of Writing: Combine Creativity & Rigor to Address the Common Core! January Workshops will be held at UNH-Durham. Workshop titles include: “Introduction to Picturing Writing Fostering Literacy Through Art”, “Picturing Writing Research-Based Animal Poetry”, “Picturing Writing Research-Based Animal Stories”, “Picturing Writing Research-Based Winter Stories” and more.

Drawing from the Past: Using Local History Sources to Inspire Learning a free professional-development workshop is set for Wednesday, January 14, from 9 am to 3 pm at the Laconia Public Library. Comics artist Marek Bennett and historian Sophia Woodley will lead participants in an interdisciplinary, hands-on exploration of the relationship between history and sequential art. Participants will learn ways to engage students in creating original comics from primary historic sources. The workshop is presented by the Arts Alliance of Northern NH and funded by the NH Humanities Council. Teams of art educators with social studies colleagues – and partners from local historical societies or other community organizations -- are encouraged to attend together. Professional development CEUs offered. For more information or to register, visit or call 603-323-7302.

Lights! Camera! Action! Integrated Arts Conference January 23: Plymouth State University and the NH Department of Education in cooperation with the AANNH, the NH State Council on the Arts and the NH Arts Learning Network present their annual conference Friday, January 23. This jam-packed one-day event offers great professional development and continuing education workshops for arts educators and artists interested in learning how to integrate visual art, music, drama and writing into their curriculum, based on the theme of this year's production, The Sound of Music. Register here.

Gathering for North Country Arts Educators: Visual arts, music, theater, creative writing and dance teachers as well as school cultural activities coordinators – and all those interested in arts education in their communities – are invited to an after-school gathering to discuss in- and out-of-school arts activities, ideas, and needs on Wednesday, January 21, at Lancaster Elementary School (snow date January 22). Snacks & networking from 3:30 to 4:15 with discussion from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. Note: if you'd like to drop off high-school student work for the Friends of the Arts' Annual Juried High School Art Exhibit in Plymouth (running 2/1 - 2/19), you may bring it to this meeting. Contact the Arts Alliance of Northern NH to learn more or to register for the meeting at or 603-323-7302.

Experiment and Explore: Using the arts for early experiences in how the world works: The Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire and VSA New Hampshire, through a contract with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, offer their annual Arts in Early Learning conference for early-childhood educators (pre-K to grade 2), preschool and childcare administrators and care providers, librarians, parents and teaching artists. Join us for a conference that provides creative ways to use the arts to set the foundation for science, technology, engineering and math in early childhood settings. Save the dates: Saturday, March 7 (Amherst) and Saturday, March 28 (Berlin) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Conway School District and the Arts Alliance of Northern NH present Write Now! their annual conference on teaching reading and writing. The conference is dedicated to the memory and legacy of Don Graves. This year's conference features Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisperer and Reading in the Wild. Learn more about Donalyn Miller and register for the conference at

Re-Imagining Arts Education for New Hampshire’s Public Schools, a New Hampshire Arts Learning Network Professional Development Event: NHDOE Arts Consultant Marcia McCaffrey will provide professional development workshops in four locations around the state to highlight new state policies and practices for public schools. The first workshop will be offered May 8, 2015, in Concord. The workshops are designed for educators who want to learn about the purpose for -- and direction of -- educational change in New Hampshire. Marcia will focus on recent changes to state policies including revisions to Ed 306 and the Minimum Standards for School Approval. Content will include such topics as district graduation competencies for the Arts and new Arts program requirements for New Hampshire public schools. Participants will identify their own program priorities for change and sketch action plans to work toward them.

Maine Arts Assessment Workshops: Workshops will take place in five Maine locations in 2015 to provide all-day professional development opportunities in arts education. The cost is $25 per person and 5.5 contact hours are available for full-day participation. The workshop facilitators are the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI) teacher leaders from all four phases. All participants must pre-register.

Resources and Articles for Students, Teachers and Parents

Holiday Gift Idea/Book of the Month: Art History Paper Dolls

State Networks in support of Arts Education:
New Hampshire Art Educators Association
New Hampshire Music Educators Association
New Hampshire Educational Theatre Guild
New Hampshire Afterschool Alliance
Early Learning NH

Regional Resource: The NH State Council on the Arts’ E-Opps compiles local, regional, and national opportunities for artists, arts administrators, arts educators, arts volunteers and others interested in the arts. Please note that this is not an arts events calendar.

Conference Recap & Resources: On November 20-22, 2014 at the National Guild for Community Arts Education conference in Los Angeles, CA, about 100 Teaching Artists and allies came together to discuss and collaborate on "Developing the Field of Teaching Artistry" at the national level. Leaders in our field from all over the country shared the work they have been doing on 4 unique and innovative projects and invited conference participants to ask questions, provide feedback, test prototypes, and become part of the collective effort to bring these projects to the next level. Listen to presentations on four of these projects on the Teaching Artist Guild Youtube Channel, plus many other videos and presentations on the teaching artist field.

Online Resource: Explore MoMA’s free online arts education resources for teachers and students with four unique sites for every grade level.

Online Resource & Research Report: Eduweek has recently published several great articles on Arts Education that have links to abstracts of research in the field. Eduweek allows you to preview up to 3 articles for free. Below are links to each article, and direct links to some of the research they cite in case you have already viewed 3 free articles.

New England Bio Labs, a collective of scientists working on genomic research announced their Passion in Science awards with four awards going for individuals’ work in Arts & Creativity.

Harvard Family Research launches SNAPSHOTS, short overviews of ways that communities are supporting anywhere anytime learning. Just like photographs, SNAPSHOTS offer quick glimpses—in this case, of innovative programs and practices, creative partnerships, and inventive tools that promote anywhere, anytime opportunities for children and youth to learn.

Arts education transforms societies, but how? In many ways, but one way that Americans for the Arts' CEO and President, Bob Lynch, focuses on in his op-ed to the Huffington Post is by creating a larger and more innovative workforce.

Top 10 Studies on the Arts in Education from the past decade: Need more evidence of the importance of Arts in Education? has compiled a list of the top ten studies over the past decade that demonstrate the many ways that fine arts can improve students' education and development. In the past 10 years, the Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination (AEMDD) and Professional Development for Art Educators (PDAE) grant programs have unleashed the creative minds of students, deepened their learning experiences in core academic subjects through arts integration, and enhanced the knowledge and skills of teachers to meet high standards in the arts. Both programs emphasize collaborations between school districts and non-profit organizations that result in a well-rounded education for all students as well as greater student engagement across the curriculum and increased school attendance by both students and teachers. In addition, AEMDD projects, using rigorous evaluation measures, have documented gains in academic achievement by students involved in arts-integrated teaching and learning compared to their peers. (U.S. Department of Education)

Advancing Arts Education Through an Expanded School Day: Lessons from Five Schools. This study is a joint study by the National Center on Time & Learning and the Wallace Foundation. Researchers focused their work on five questions: 1) how does the school take advantage of arts education? 2) How does the school balance its human resources to accommodate teachers’ professional experiences and students’ learning? 3) How does the school integrate the arts into academic subjects? 4) What skills and competencies do educators expect students to develop? And 5) what has been learned about the arts in schools?

AEP Partners and the Power of the Arts in Supporting Children with Special Needs. In December 2014, National PTA’s Every Child in Focus campaign centers on the child with special needs. Find resources and specific ways to support children with special needs in your school community.

Article on Theatre Teaching Artists: To Do or To Teach? Is That Even a Question? For the nation’s theatre teaching artists, “arts education” is a redundant phrase. Published in January 2015 edition of American Theatre.

REL Northeast & Islands at EDC have released a workshop toolkit and supporting materials to guide alliances of educators and researchers to work together to identify relevant research questions and create shared research agendas. Visit their website for more info, and/or view this multi-media presentation about the project.

Students with Disabilities and the Core Arts Standards: The office of VSA and Accessibility at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts recently released Students with Disabilities and the Core Arts Standards. The publication serves as a set of guidelines for teachers using the Core Arts Standards with students with disabilities.

AEP’s 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 New Hampshire Early Childhood PORTAL: Professional Opportunities, Resources, Trainings and Links 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 provides links to various early childhood resources.

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.

Policy & Standards:

National Core Arts Standards: These new, voluntary National Core Arts Standards are in the five artistic disciplines of dance, music, theater, media and visual arts. The new 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 framework is designed to be understood by all stakeholders and, ultimately, to ensure success for both educators and students. The previous version of national arts education standards were published in 1994. Since then, states have used them as the basis for adapting their own arts standards according to state and local needs.

In Memoriam:

Gerry Williams (1926-2014)
Gerry Williams, beloved NH artist and educator, passed away on Sunday, August 24, 2014. He was a significant figure in the arts - a master potter, teacher, mentor, and also co-founder, with his wife Julie Williams, of Studio Potter magazine, and also the Phoenix Workshops. He was an ardent advocate for the arts and arts education; a long-time supporter of arts in education, the NH State Council on the Arts and the artist in residence grant program. Gerry was a recipient of the prestigious NH State Council on the Arts Fellowship Award. He served as a Haystack Life Trustee, and also a frequent instructor for Haystack's intensive studio program for teens in Maine, "Studio Based Learning".

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