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Dandelion News – February 2015


Keene Middle School 7th-grader Aman Dery gets help from artist-in-residence Sherry Gould at the Keene Middle School. Gould, a basket maker and member of the Abenaki tribe, taught students how to make their own woven baskets using traditional materials.  A NH State Council on the Arts’ Artist Residency in Schools (AIR) FY2015 grant helped support the project, which included cultural studies, archaeology and Abenaki musicians.  Art educator Miranda Nelken coordinated the grant funded project.  Sherry Gould is part of the NH State Council on the Arts juried roster of Traditional Artists and Teaching Artists.

Photo Credit, Michael Moore/Keene Sentinel Staff


New Reports from the National Endowment for the Arts


As we get into the thick of the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts’ (NHSCA) grant season, I would like to bring attention to three new reports the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) recently shared in the form of infographics. In addition to reinforcing the belief that the arts are a necessary enhancement to society and the economy, a few other interesting facts were made known.

Today we are constantly reminded of the vitality of economic growth. The arts annually contribute $698 billion to the U.S. economy and the industry is responsible for 4.7 million members of the work force. Additionally, in this age of technology, we see a new avenue for audiences to participate in the arts and it is hardly surprising that 71% of those that do so through electronic media are watching or listening to art.

Not only did the NEA work through how people participate in the arts, but also why they attend. The number one reason is to connect, with education and learning coming in second. Typical barriers that keep people from attending the arts are time, cost and access. But did you know that 22% of people report not attending because they had no one to go with?

Take some time to look over these colorful graphics and see the benefits the arts bring, especially to the economy. Consider supporting the arts and arts education, then find a friend and attend that event.

Catherine O’Brian
Arts Education Coordinator
NH State Council on the Arts


NH Educator Jared Cassedy Wins the Grammy Award for Music Education! More

Arts Education Advocacy

There are many important arts education advocacy issues being discussed and debated at the local, state and national levels. We encourage all who care about arts education to become informed and to make their views known to school boards and legislators. More

March is Arts in the Schools Month and a great time to invite local, state and national officials and leaders to see the wonderful arts work being done at your school or community site. We invite you to join our annual "Invite an Elected Official to Your School or Community Site" campaign. Click here to see how easy it is to participate, and to access all the materials you need to make this important outreach easy !

Arts Advocacy Day & The Arts Action Summit, March 23-24, Washington DC., sponsored by Americans for the Arts. More

The Return of Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Reauthorization – Article from describes the upcoming reintroduction of the ESEA in the US Congress. Read

Calls for Entry & Proposals

Call for Proposals – Now through March 17th. Lead a Workshop Session at The Inspired Classroom's Teacher Art Retreat, August 10, 11 & 12, 2015 Hampton, NH. More

New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival now accepting entries. All films and supporting materials must be submitted electronically or arrive at the N.H. Film and Television Office at 19 Pillsbury Street in Concord by 4 p.m. on March 31, 2015. Mailed submissions must be postmarked by March 31. There is no entry fee. More

A+ Schools Program 20th Anniversary Conference – Call for Session Proposals. August 3-5, 2015, Carolina Theater and Durham Convention Center, Durham, NC. This conference will provide networking, inspiration, sharing and professional development for those with an interest in the A+ Schools Program, and in arts education policy and practice. Request for Proposals (RFP) must be submitted by 5pm on March 31, 2015 and notice of acceptance will be emailed on April 30, 2015. More

Grants, Awards, Artist & Job Opportunities

New England States Touring Grant Deadline: March 2, 2015. New England public schools and nonprofit presenters can apply to the NEST program for performances and community engagement activities by performing artists touring outside their home state. NESTS eligible artists are listed in CreativeGround, New England's regional directory that spotlights artists and creative enterprises.

Nominations Now Open for the Excellence in Theatre Education Award. The Tony Awards® and Carnegie Mellon University are presenting the first inaugural Excellence in Theatre Education Award at the 2015 Tony Awards on June 7. Nominations are being accepted for teachers who use the power of the arts to transform lives. Deadline: March 31. More

2015 College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts – For the achievements of arts initiatives for students in grades 6–12 that promote learning and creativity in exemplary and innovative ways in three categories: Arts Integration, Equity Through Arts, and Civic Engagement/Professional Partnerships. An award of $5,000 will be given to a winning school in each category. The application deadline is April 13, 2015. More

Call for Applications for NH Art Educator of the Year 2015-2016. Call for Inside and Outside the Profession 2015-2016. Deadline is June 20, 2015. More

The Kay Bain Weiner Glass Art Educational Foundation is offering $250 grant certificates for public school art programs. To encourage teaching of glass art in public schools and colleges, the non-profit KBW Foundation is offering grants to Public School Art Instructors teaching glass art at a public school or college. These Grant Certificates can be used for the regular school semester program or a summer session and can be redeemed at art glass retail stores for glass supplies. Download the Grant Application.

The National Endowment for the Humanities offers tuition-free opportunities for school, college, and university educators to study a variety of humanities topics. Stipends of $1,200-$3,900 help cover expenses for these one-to-five week programs. Topics for 2015 include exploring the Gilded Age in Chicago, studying authors featured in art at the Prado Museum in Madrid, and studying East/West history in Istanbul. More

Professional Development: Conferences, Workshops, Meetings & Webinars

Balancing/Act: A Professional Development Day for Teaching Artists, Arts Educators & Prospective Arts Professionals, Friday, March 6, 9:30 am to 2:00 pm, Karl Drerup Art Gallery, 150 Main St., Plymouth, NH, Cost: $10 (includes lunch) Free for students. More

The Annual Educator Reception at The Currier Museum of Art is on Friday March 13, 2015, 3:30-7:00 p.m. Sponsored by the New Hampshire Art Educators' Association (NHAEA). More

National Gallery of Art, Summer Teacher Institute Art of the Renaissance – The Teacher Institute is a six-day seminar that helps K–12 teachers (of all subjects) strengthen their knowledge of art history and integrate visual art into classroom teaching. The program features lectures, gallery tours, teaching strategies, and hands-on learning experiences. Applications due March 15, 2015. More

Don Graves Write Now! Conference – Annual Reading/Writing Conference for Educators at All Grade Levels, Saturday, March 21, 2015, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration, Kennett High School, 409 Eagles Way, North Conway, Cost: $25/person. More

Arts in Early Learning Conference Saturday, March 28, 2015, White Mountains Community College, 2020 Riverside Dr., Berlin, NH 8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. More

Summer Institutes: Teaching the Humanities through Art – Be inspired this summer at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, as you join colleagues from across the country for an exciting exploration of the connections among American art, social studies, history, and English/language arts. Attend week-long institutes in the nation's capital, Washington, D.C. Applications due April 1, 2015. More

National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Eastern Division Conference – managed by the Rhode Island Music Education Association, April 9-12, 2015, Providence, RI. More

Art Teacher & Artist Chemical Safety Workshop – Full-Day Workshop for Middle and High School Faculty, Administrators, and Facility Operations Managers at River Valley Community College, Claremont, NH, Friday, May 29, 2015. More

The Inspired Classroom's Teacher Art Retreat, August 10, 11 & 12, 2015 Hampton, NH. pre-registration has begun. More

Upcoming Workshops at Main Street Art, Newfields NH: Except the Kitchen Sink, An Evening of Collage: Teens and Adults will enjoy an evening experimenting with the boundaries of collage and discovering just how much you can fit on a page. Photography and Snow Shoes Winter Plein Air Workshop: Get ready to brave the elements and embrace the height of winter beauty in the classic New Hampshire landscape. More

Sanctuary Arts in Eliot Maine offers upcoming courses: Adobe Photoshop for Artists, Beginning Pastel, Modern Impressionism: Techniques, Concepts & Tips, The Pleasure of Sketching, Painting Sand Dunes in Pastel, Found Object Bronze Casting Workshop, Felting Nature, and Fire and Fleece. More

Got Creativity? A call for creative high school teachers. Heidi Pauer, from Bow High School is searching for NH high schools that want to explore best practices in assessing competencies and developing rigor using CREATIVITY within the classroom. During the 2015-2016 school year, she is offering FREE customized workshops; customized one-to-one support in the classroom; and, customized alternative assessments. If you are interested in being part of her sabbatical project to cultivate creativity within the classroom, write to Heidi at

Exhibits, Performances, Programs, Events

Roger Goldenberg Solo Exhibition – Visual Jazz: Themes and Variations at Portsmouth Music and Arts Center, 973 Islington Street in Portsmouth, from January 16th until February 28th. Meet the Artist Reception with Roger on Wednesday, February 11th from 5:00-6:30 pm. Free and open to the public, Gallery hours are 1:00pm-5:00pm Monday through Wednesday and 1:00pm-6:30pm Thursdays. More

Friends of the Arts Annual Juried High School Exhibition 2015, Feb. 1 - Feb. 19, at Plymouth State University (PSU) Silver Center for the Arts. The Exhibition honors original artworks created by students in grades 8-12 across schools in Central and Northern NH, providing an opportunity for these students to have their work exhibited in a professional space at the University, and to be judged by a panel of professional artists.

A Focus on New Hampshire Aviation: A Photography Project on exhibit at the N.H. State Library in Concord till Feb. 25, 2015. A partnership of the N.H. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Aeronautics, the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire and the New Hampshire Institute of Art, the exhibit focuses on general aviation and includes images of aircraft, airports and people involved in the state’s aviation industry. Photography for the exhibit was created by current and past students of the New Hampshire Institute for Art, led by Professor Gary Samson. Free. The N.H. State Library is open weekdays, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. More

K.A. Brett School Artwork and Needle-felted Murals on Display at NH Department of Education, 101 Pleasant Street, Concord. Artwork by students from the K. A. Brett School in Tamworth and of needle-felted wool murals created in November 2013 during a community-wide Arts Council of Tamworth residency in “Painting with Wool” with Harrisville, NH fiber artist Marcy Schepker. The show will run through the end of February during NHDOE business hours.

2015 NH Poetry Out Loud Competition – 38 high schools are set to participate in a 10th Anniversary Year. A winner from each high school advances to one of four regional semi-finals. Top finishers at the semi-finals compete at the State Finals, March 13 at the State House in Concord, 6:30 pm. Semi-final competition sites include: New England College, the NH Institute of Art; Southern NH University and Jean's Playhouse in Lincoln. All competitions are free and open to the public. More

The Gallery 6 Winter Exhibit: "Driven to Abstraction" exhibit features many pieces of abstract art, encouraging families to talk about what they see in each piece and compare viewpoints. Participating artists include: Barbara Albert, Ross Batchelder, Taintor Child, Tina Fazio, Roger Goldenberg, Kate Higley, Ethel Hills, Lotus Lein, Alex Smyrnos, Diane Stradling and Pamela Tarbell. The Gallery is open during the Children's Museum's (Dover) regular museum hours and there is no charge to view the exhibit. More

2015 Youth Art Month Exhibit, sponsored by NH Art Educators’ Association. Opening Reception: Sunday, March 1st from Noon-2 p.m. Karl Drerup Art Gallery, Plymouth State University. Student work represented from around the state. NH Artist Emile Birch will be available to meet families at Art Gallery; Interactive art activity for students at Art Gallery; PSU led tours of campus Art Studios for everyone. Light Refreshments will be served. Student Exhibit runs from March 1 to April 10. Exhibit Times: Weekdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Weekends Noon-5 p.m., Closed Easter Sunday (4/5). More

The Monadnock Writers' Group offers a Speaker Series this Winter through Spring 2015, with speakers on the third Sat. of every month till June, 9:45 - 11:45 a.m. at the Peterborough Town Library, lower level meeting room. The series is open to the public and free of charge. Alice Fogel, NH Poet Laureate will read poetry and speak on April 18th. NH-based cartoonist, musician and teaching artist, Marek Bennett is speaking about his community and educational projects on May 16th. Both Alice and Marek are very interested in working with young people. More

Activities for Children

The Children's Museum in Dover, will often a February Vacation Inventor's Challenge Camp, Feb. 24-26, 9:15 - 2 pm, for ages 6 and up. They offer a variety of multi-session classes including "Groove and Grow Music Classes" for ages 2-4. More

NHTP Summer Theatre Camps ¬– NH Theater Project Summer camp for children in Portsmouth and Strafford, now enrolling for the 2015 summer season. More

Resources and Articles for Students, Teachers and Parents

Kindness in the Classroom – Center for Investigating Healthy Minds scientists are finding that well-being skills in the classroom are showing early promise for helping kids pay attention and perform well in school. Read

The importance of educating the whole child – a legislative agenda from the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). Download the PDF.

The Activity Gap ¬– Access to after-school programs is growing more unequal, and that's pushing disadvantaged kids further behind. Read.

The Turnaround Arts project, from the President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities (PCAH) engaged external researchers to track metrics for school improvement and their report released on January 22, 2015 shows broad improvements across several areas of students’ academic and performance, including surges in reading and math scores, an increase in attendance and a decrease in suspensions. Download both a summary report and full report.

Ten Tips for a STABLE Teaching Artist, By Justin Daniel, Teaching Artist and member of the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable Teaching Artists Affairs Committee. Read.

Groups Want Core Standards for Teaching Art in Schools – The push for standards is seeping into arts education. Read

Isn’t it a Pity? The Real Problem with Special Needs ¬– A lesson for adults on inclusion in the arts. Read

New Hampshire Governor's Task Force on K-12 STEM Education The arts have been integrated into the NH Governor's Task Force recommendations and Final Report, released January 2015, including STEM inspiration activities, STEM Every Day and STEM Early College Academies. The Task Force believes that the arts are an important and vital part of a strong STEM education. The intersection of the liberal arts with technology and STEM education is critical to the innovation economy....STEM and the arts add relevancy to one another." (Page 55) Download a PDF of the full report.

Road School: Teaching Kids About Art, at Museums and Beyond. Read

100 Schools to Pilot Core Curriculum for the Arts Read

Science Drama Lessons using Frozen Image (Tableau), Personification, and Story to explore the concept of Photosynthesis. This is a way to teach science concepts and theatre skills simultaneously. Read

Music and Advocacy Opportunities – The SupportMusic Coalition is a program of the NAMM Foundation and unites non-profit organizations, schools and businesses working to keep music education strong in their communities. Joining is easy and free. Receive regular communications about monthly conference calls, and connect with a national network of music education advocates. More

What Playing A Musical Instrument Does To Your Brain – TED animated video explains recent discoveries how the brain reacts to listening and creating music. Watch

And a heart-warming story for Valentine's Day

Everyone loves a Valentine! Hillsborough Country seniors who receive Meals on Wheels from St. Joseph Community Services will receive handmade Valentine's Day cards created by youth volunteers from across the country., an organization for young people and social change, is teaming up with AARP Foundation's Mentor Up and the Meals on Wheels Assoc. of American for the second annual Love Letters campaign. The campaign which runs through Feb. 15, encourages young people to create handmade Valentine's Day cards to lift the spirits of older adults. The cards are included in Meals on Wheels meal deliveries across the country. Young people who sign up at and report back with a photo will be eligible to win a $10,000 scholarship. Meghan Brady, president of St. Joseph Community Services wrote, "We recently surveyed our homebound meals recipients, and 20 percent reported that they receive no weekly visits besides their Meals on Wheels driver." To learn more,,












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