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Dandelion E-News April 2015

Third and Fourth Grade Students from Epping Elementary School learned West African dances with Theo Martey from Ghana, in an Artist in Residence program on March 11, 2015.


Greetings from the NH Arts Learning Network

Spring is finally here and April is National Poetry Month. After this long, cold winter, we look forward to signs of spring:

To what purpose, April, do you return again?
Beauty is not enough.
You can no longer quiet me with the redness
Of little leaves opening stickily.
I know what I know.
The sun is hot on my neck as I observe
The spikes of the crocus.
The smell of the earth is good.

-from "Spring" by Edna St. Vincent Millay

For more information on National Poetry month go to They have a Dear Poet Project, where students watch videos of poets reading their poetry and then write letters in response. Project ends April 30th. More


NH Artist Educator Jeff Warner was featured on a WMUR NH Chronicle documenting his four-day residency with the fourth grade at the Reeds Ferry school in Merrimack. More

ConVal Students Win Awards: 3rd Annual Sharon Arts Center High School Students Exhibition -- Sophia Mackeigan won the Best in Category award for photography and KayLee Zubhuza won a $1500 scholarship to NHIA. Scholastic Awards - National Level: Mei Buzzellwon a Gold Medal in Photography and Bridget Grady won a Silver Medal in 2-D design.

Arts Education Advocacy

Sign a Petition and tell lawmakers that you want to keep the arts in schools. Congress is reviewing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and some political leaders want to eliminate standards for arts education. The Arts Action Fund has created a petition outlining six ways the president and Congress should specifically support and promote arts education. More

Calls for Entry & Proposals

2015 Conference for Community Arts Education, Call for Conference Session Proposals, Deadline: Thursday, April 30, 2015, Conference in Philadelphia, PA, Nov. 11 - 14, 2015. More

2015 VSA Playwright Discovery Competition Call for Scripts. Middle and high school students are invited to explore the disability experience—in their own life, the lives of others, or through fictional characters—by writing a script. Application Deadline: April 13, 2015. More

Grants, Awards, Artist & Job Opportunities

Artist Residencies in Schools for Arts Learning (AIR), sponsored by the NH State Council on the Arts, Deadline: April 10, 2015. More

College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts, for grade 6-12 arts educators, deadline April 13, 2015. More

New Hampshire Art Educators' Association 2015 Scholarships, for Current Art Educator Members and their Students, deadline April 15, 2015. More

Job Opportunity: Anticipated Part Time Art Teacher at Bethlehem Elementary, More

White Mountain National Forest Artist in Residence Applications due April 17. A collaboration between the WMNF and the Arts Alliance of Northern NH highlights ways in which the arts can be used to explore and interpret the forest environment and forest-related ideas and issues. More

Youth Arts Project Grants: For Creative Youth Development, offered by the NH State Council on the Arts, Deadline: April 17, 2015. More

National Arts Strategies, Creative Community Fellows Applications due April 26. Looking for artists, activists, community organizers, administrators and entrepreneurs from around the world who are using arts and culture to drive physical and social transformation in their communities. Fellows will get the tools, skills and network to activate the ideas and transform their communities. More

2015 Governor's Arts Awards Call for Nominations: Awards recognize outstanding contributions made by individuals, organizations and communities to the cultural life of our state. Deadline: Friday, May 1, 2015. More

The Nesmith Library in Windham is looking for an individual to be responsible for developing and implementing story hour programs, projects, and services for children ages 4 to 12. Part-time position, previous library experience and an interest in technology strongly preferred. Contact Carl Heidenblad, Director, Nesmith Library at (603) 432-7154,

Call for Applications for NH Art Educator of the Year 2015-2016. NH Art Educators' Association call for outstanding art educators who have made significant contributions to Art Education or art programs within their school, community, or professional organization. Deadline June 20, 2015. More

Crayola Creative Leadership Grants 2015, deadline: June 22. Grants for innovative, creative leadership team-building within elementary schools.Each grant-winning school (up to 20 grants awarded) receives $2,500 and Crayola products valued at $1,000. More

The GRAMMY Foundation ® Grant Program is seeking applications to help facilitate the support of music preservation and research projects. The deadline for submitting letters of inquiry is Oct.1. More

Professional Development: Conferences, Workshops, Meetings & Webinars

Full STEAM Ahead! Teaching Science Through Movement & Drama is a professional development workshop offered by the Arts Alliance of Northern NH for preK-grade 2 educators and all who work with young children. Offered at  Lin-Wood Public School in  Lincoln April 8 at 3:30 p.m., and MWV Children's Museum, North Conway April 9 at 6 p.m. (free pizza dinner!). Presented by RI teaching artist Marvin Novogrodski, who uses dance, theater, circus arts and magic to teach STEM concepts. Cost: $10-$15. More

2015 NHMEA Spring Conference: The New Hampshire Music Educators' Association annual Spring In-Service Conference is on April 17th at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord. More

The Art of Writing: Turning Words, Sentences and Stories into Student-created Art Books. May 6, 2015, 9 a.m - 3 p.m., Carriage House, Kimball Jenkins Estate, Concord. Offered as part of the Arts in Inclusive Learning collaboration of the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire and VSA New Hampshire.Introduces K-12 teachers to ways to motivate students at all academic levels to enjoy and gain skills in the process or writing and self-expression. Particular attention will be paid to differentiating and adapting lessons to include students with learning differences and disabilities. Led by longtime VSA teaching artists Deborah Stuart and Will Cabell. More

Two workshops on New Hampshire Policies and Practices in Arts Education presented by the NH Arts Learning Network.Participants will examine and discuss the new Arts Model Competencies; share performance-based assessments aligned to the competencies; and learn how the new competencies support Ed 306, Minimum Standards for School Approval. Friday, May 8, 2015, 8:30-2:30, Rm. 15, NH, Dept. of Education, Concord NH, Presenters: Marcia McCaffrey, NHDOE and Bill Haust, PSU. Fee: $85, includes morning coffee, lunch, and materials. Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 9-3, North Country Education Services, Gorham NH, Presenter: Marcia McCaffrey, NH DOE. Fee: $65, includes morning coffee, lunch, and materials. More

NH State Council on the Arts FREEWorkshop: Evaluating Your Arts Programs: An Introduction. Friday, May 15, 2015 10 am – 3 pm, at the PSU Graduate Center in Concord. Open to arts educators, teachers, teaching artists and creative development/youth arts program leaders, who work in educational and community settings, after school programs or summer arts programs. Will include an overview of the “Logic Model,” an introduction to evaluation methods, activities applying the Logic Model with examples and small group work.Teams are encouraged and pre-registration is required. Contact Catherine O’Brian, Arts NH State Council on the Arts, 603-271-0795, or More

The Arts and Passion-Driven Learning Institute, a 2-day professional development series of workshops and panels led by Harvard Faculty and Silk Road Ensemble artists. August 3-5, 2015, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA. More

Picturing Writing: Fostering Literacy Through Art® 2015 Summer Institute, a dynamic art-and-literature-based approach to writing designed to meet the needs of students with diverse learning styles. Durham, NH,June 22-26, 2015. Deadline for registration is May 22, 2015. More

The Inspired Classroom's Teacher Art Retreat, August 10, 11 & 12, 2015, Hampton, NH. More

National Seminar for Teaching Artists at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, August 11-13, 2015 in Washington, D.C. More

Center for the Arts in New London, NH offers workshops and classes this spring and summer in pastels, painting and photography. More

Exhibits, Performances, Programs, Events

Marvelous Marvin's STEAM Tour features Marvelous Marvin, who uses theater, movement, poetry, circus arts, magic and more to teach science and math to preK-6 students. Public programs Saturday, April 11, include a family performance of "The Magic of Science" in Gorham and a “Science! Dance! Magic!” workshop for ages 3-9 in North Conway. More

Resource Festival & Celebration for Hosts of Humanities Council programs of all kinds. Saturday, April 11, 2015,10 a.m. - noon. More

NH Fiddle Ensemble brought to you by the Fiddleheads Acoustic Jam Camp,Concerts in April: Exeter April 11, Intervale April 18, Franklin April 19. More

Colloquium Presentation About Artist in Residence Programs by Jessica Anderson. Learn about Artists Residencies and how they work. April 14, 3:30-5:00pm at Epping Elementary School. RSVP by April 7 to

Identity Dance Show/Vibes of Style, special dance show put on by a diversity of kids of different ages from 5 and up Friday, June 12, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM, Concord High School, 170 Warren Street, Concord, NH 03301. More

Celebrate New Hampshire Artists this May! Just as it's important to bring artists from across the country and around the world into our communities, the Arts Alliance of Northern NH believes it's vital to recognize the incredible artists (choreographers, fiddlers, comic artists, painters, singers...) in our own backyards. In May we want to highlight the work that we and our members are doing with New Hampshire artists – from artists in schools and preschools to public programs. Email to share what you’re doing with NH artists!

Activities for Children

Alchemists' Workshop's Community Films Program is co-hosting a four-day film camp April 27th to 30th with the Hopkinton Park & Recreation Department. Camp will include research into Hopkinton's history and music from the collection of the New Hampshire Historical Museum's 19th century sheet music archives. The Alchemists' Workshop is an award winning non-profit company that helps communities explore their history and culture through the researching, writing and producing of new works of theatre and film. To register contact

Northern Stage April Vacation Camps for students age 5 – 17. April 13 – 17, White River Junction, VT. More

The Children's Museum of NH, located in Dover, NH, is offering a program for NH public libraries this summer called "High Flying Heroes!" A startlingly science-filled hands-on journey through the basics of flight and aviation’s greatest heroes! Designed for Ages: 5-11. For more info email Xanthi Gray, Education Coordinator,

Elaine Morrison has created a plexiglass panel entitled "Sharing Peace" depicting children from around the world sharing earth's resources. Teachers are encouraged to use it as a tool for realization that we are all affected by each other's actions. It has visited Interlakes Elementary and Belmont Elementary, and Pleasant Street in Laconia is next. For more info email

Resources and Articles for Students, Teachers and Parents

The Best Inclusive Education Links: 100 links to the best inclusion related articles, videos and media on the web. More

Article: A New Way to Think About Intrinsic vs. Instrumental Benefits of the Arts by Katie Ingersoll. More

Digital Resources for Tuning and Learning Chords, Beginning Guitar Lebanon High School Technology Integration.A variety of online tools to tune guitars and learn about chords available on this website created by Lebanon High School. More

Peacebuilding and the Arts is a program of the International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life at Brandeis. This website is for artists, cultural workers, coexistence practitioners, peacebuilding scholars, and all who are interested in how the arts and cultural traditions can be crafted to bridge differences, mediate conflicts, and contribute to peace. More

Encourage Creativity: A series of videos to inspire action in support of arts education, designed to help you inform your community, inspire your friends, and impact the world. These videos tell the real story behind the numbers and data. Watch

Reflective Practices for Transformational Leaders by Julie Sorum Brown. This article includes eight ways to examine your own mindsets and help break negative patterns. The goal is to improve your effectiveness as a leader and, more importantly, lead transformational change bringing resources of the community into a school, for leadership within a school or not-for-profit organization. Download Article (PDF)

The Book “Common Sense, Common Core” by Bruce D Taylor is now available on Amazon. If you are somewhat angry, overwhelmed, or demoralized by the adoption of Common Core State Standards, the content of this modest publication has proven to significantly reduce such anxieties. More

Article: STEAM: Person, Place or Paradigm Shift? More

Article: How Arts Education Fuels the Creative Economy. More

In Memoriam

Jazz Musician Clark Terry, 94, a music educator that inspired many young musicians in NH. More

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