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Dandelion E-News - August 11, 2014

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Girls of Summer

"Girls of Summer" participants in Lincoln learned about photography, painting, poetry and ecoart. Courtesy Heather Krill, Lin-Wood Public School


David Fichter, mosaic and mural teaching artist, presenter at Statewide Arts Education Partnership Conference


Making Community Connections Charter School hosted an African drumming workshop with percussionist and teaching artist Theo Martey



Creative Arts Camp at Concord Community Music School. Courtesy of CCMS.



Fair Skies. Mixed Media. Susan Schwake, artist and author, workshop presenter at fall Arts Education Partnership conference.


Statewide Opportunities for Educators & Students

Save the Date! Get Inspired! at the NH Arts Education Partnership Conference October 31 - November 2 : “The Arts as Inspiration for Learning * Teaching * Making * Living” takes place October 31-November 2 at the Barbara Harris Conference Center in Greenfield, NH, with a full workshop track Friday focused on Arts & Inclusion at the Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center. Conference keynote speakers are Christine Reich, Director of Exhibit Development and Conservation, Museum of Science, Boston, and Warren Seelig, textile artist, educator and National Craft Fellow. Mosaic and mural artist David Fichter and mural artist Jessica Wyatt will be joining us as artists in residence, leading us in creating a community mosaic mural. More details and early registration will be posted soon at, and
Advocacy luncheon speaker at the conference will be the new director of the State Arts Council, Ginnie Lupi. Welcome to New Hampshire, Ginnie!

NH Poetry Out Loud 10th Anniversary Year: This year will mark the 10th Anniversary of the Poetry Out Loud program in New Hampshire and across the nation. Poetry Out Loud, a nationwide program of the National Endowment of the Arts in partnership with the Poetry Foundation, encourages youth to learn about the beauty and power of language through memorization and performance of great poems. The program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage. The program is free and supports the Common Core and language arts curriculum. In 2013-2014, close to 10,000 students participated. Principals, English teachers and parents interested in having their school participate in 2014-2015 New Hampshire Poetry Out Loud should contact Catherine O’Brian at (603) 271-0795. Registration begins in August. To learn more about the national Poetry Out Loud program, click here.

News & Congratulations

President Barack Obama has announced his intent to appoint Dan Habib, project director and filmmaker at the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability (IOD), to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. Habib, the project director of the Inclusive Communities Project at the IOD, directed the award-winning film “Including Samuel,” a documentary about his family’s efforts to include his son Samuel, who has cerebral palsy, in all facets of their lives. Habib’s latest film -- “Who Cares About Kelsey?” -- documents the life of a student with emotional and behavioral challenges and the innovative educational approaches that help her succeed. Read more here.

Congratulations to Fiona Shea, who recently received the 2014 Jim Mitchell Scholarship for 2014 from Main Street, Warner, Inc., a nonprofit foundation. Fiona, who is a fiddler, was chosen for her contribution to the community while growing up in Warner.

The MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, NH will award assemblage and installation artist Betye Saar with its 55th Edward MacDowell Medal on Sunday, August 10. The MacDowell Colony, the nation’s first artist residency program, has awarded the medal annually since 1960 to an individual artist who has made an outstanding contribution to his or her field. Saar began her impressive career as a printmaker, but she is perhaps best known for her intimate assemblages and collages, which simultaneously challenge stereotypes of the African American community while also connecting with a myriad of mythic and spiritual concepts from Africa and the Caribbean.

The Gate City Charter School has a new location in Merrimack, NH. The mission of the Gate City Charter School for the Arts is to use an arts-integrated curriculum to educate all interested students in grades K-8 and to produce graduates who excel in both academics and the arts and who have the knowledge, creativity and inquisitive nature that fosters a lifelong love of learning.

After four years of planning, the Granite State Arts Academy (GSAA) will open its doors to students in grades 9 to 12 in Derry, NH. Dr. Michele Fox will be the school’s director. The school has room for 160 students and is now accepting applications. The charter school will be set up with an extended school day and focus on studies in dance, music, theater and visual arts. Tuition is free for New Hampshire residents. The school will also offer tuition-based after-school classes and workshops for all members of the public starting this summer. To learn more and find applications, visit You can also visit the school’s Facebook page or email Wendie Leweck, business manager, at

Congratulations to the seven new teaching artists recently accepted onto the NH State Council on the Arts’ juried Arts in Education (AIE) Teaching Artist Roster: David Fichter, mural artist; Roger Goldenberg, visual artist and developer of “Ears N Eyes Visual Jazz” project; Chris Klaxton, jazz musician; Taylor O’Donnell, jazz and vocal musician; Dawn Potter, poet and writer; Catherine Stewart, new media and theatre; and Elizabeth Van Saun, mosaic artist.  Teaching artists are contracted to work in schools or out of school programs because of their expertise in a particular arts discipline. They bring high expectations for student work in the arts and can help develop artistic skills, risk taking and creative problem solving capacities in students.  To contact these artists or learn more about grants that support arts learning visit: Click on “Arts and Artists” to find the on-line roster.

New Spotlights on NH Arts Learning Network: Inspiring Arts in Education projects across the state are highlighted on the New Hampshire Arts Learning Network website, including programs at Portsmouth Middle School, Ernest Barker Elementary School in Derry, and Merrimack High School. If you would like to submit a project for spotlight consideration, please contact Catherine O’Brian.

Policy & Standards: National Core Arts Standards & Website Launched!

Celebrate the unveiling of standards written for and by arts educators to support quality teaching and learning! The official launch of the standards took place June 4, 2014, with a national conference call moderated by Marcia McCaffrey, arts consultant at the New Hampshire Department of Education and President of the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE), and Lynn Tuttle, Arizona Department of Education and Immediate Past President of SEADAE. You can download information about the launch by clicking here and visit the brand-new website at

These new, voluntary National Core Arts 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. Read More

Exhibits, Performances, Programs, Events

Free Student Tickets Available for Summer Concerts: Through a grant from the Cogswell Benevolent Trust, the NH Music Festival is providing free tickets to their concerts this summer for students and youth of all ages pre-K to college. Parents or students are encouraged to call the box office at Silver Center for the Arts (535-2787) and ask to reserve Cogswell Seats for the concert of their choice. For additional details, contact the Music Festival at 279-3300.

The 81st Annual League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair takes place August 2 – 10, 10 am – 5 pm. Shop for one-of-a-kind craft, learn how it’s made and create your own! 200 craft booths, 3 fine craft exhibitions, daily demonstrations and workshops, tours, seminars and roving performances. Be sure to stop by and meet the “Next Generation” youth craft artists. Mount Sunapee Resort, Newbury, NH

Cultivate Dance Festival August 13-16 in Bethlehem: Registration for workshops is open and tickets for performances are available for the 5th Annual Cultivate Festival, designed to nourish and support community by creating a space for contemporary dance to take root, develop and flourish. Cultivate encourages real conversation between artists and their audiences. The festival now includes four full days of dance workshops for all levels, free dance classes for kids, three evenings of performances, a town-wide art walk, HORIZON Screendance Festival -- and lots more. Learn more and sign up here.

Along the River: Exploring Community Connections: Part of a larger series of exhibits and programs exploring 12,000 years of history and culture along the Contoocook, Lane, Merrimack and Warner Rivers,

White Mountain National Forest Artist in Residence Talk: 2014 WMNF Artist in Residence Susie O'Keeffe will introduce her work in a free public talk at 7 p.m. Wednesday, August 20, at WMNF Headquarters, 71 White Mountain Drive in Campton. As a poet and environmental researcher, Susie investigates how combining the arts with practices of contemplation and self-awareness influence our relationship with the natural world. In this presentation she'll talk about the ideas of writers and thinkers who have influenced her art and contemplative practice and about her plans for her residency, during which she’ll spend three to four weeks in solitary contemplation in the Wild River Wilderness. After her residency she will share what took place by combining poetry, prose and photos with field recordings and music; additional public programs will be offered in September and later in the year. For details, click here, call 323-7302 or email

Peace Group in Newport: The Newport Revitalization Committee, the Newport School District and the Newport Chamber of Commerce have joined forces to welcome the International Volunteers of Peace to Newport from Aug. 2 – 16. Nine young adult volunteers will come from different countries to share their diverse cultures with Newport High School students in an extended learning opportunity. They are looking for donations and help with the cost of food. Donations can be left at the Newport Chamber of Commerce Office.

Monadnock Summer Lyceum Presents Cultural Lectures This Summer: The public is invited to attend these Sunday-morning programs in Peterborough to hear world class speakers on social, political, educational, cultural, scientific, economic, environmental and artistic topics. The free presentations begin at 11:00 am and will be rebroadcast by NHPR on the following Sunday at 3:00 pm.

Children’s Museum Hosts Second Annual Maker Faire: A day-long celebration of creativity returns to Dover on August 23 with interactive exhibits, demonstrations and speakers in downtown Dover from 10 am to 4 pm. Featuring both established and emerging “makers,” the Dover Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly celebration that will feature rockets and robots, DIY science and technology, tricked-out vehicles, educational workshops, unique hand-made crafts, green technology, music, art, and local food trucks.

Don’t Miss The Next Educator Walkthrough Last spring Jane Seney, Senior Educator at the Currier Museum of Art, led a walkthrough for educators of the newly opened exhibition Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey. Teachers attending the event were among the first to view the exhibit just days after it was opened. In just a short visit, educators had the chance to enjoy the art, learn more about the artist and exhibition, socialize with other teachers and strategize teaching using Bearden's Odyssey. Sound like fun? Don't miss the next educator walkthrough of M.C. Escher: Reality and Illusion on September 24, 2014.

NH Documentary on Bhutanese Immigrants Were you aware that in the last five years more than 75,000 Bhutanese refugees have been resettled in the United States? New Hampshire is home to 1,700 of them. How are our new neighbors navigating the extraordinary leap from their lives in refugee camps in Nepal to their new lives in America? The World Affairs Council of NH will host three film showings and discussions around the state featuring The Refugees of Shangri-La: Exploring Modern Immigration and Identity, a documentary that explores these questions directed by New Hampshire residents Doria Bramante and Markus Weinfurter. The first screening will be held in Nashua on Wednesday, September 17 at 7 p.m. at Nashua Community College. The second showing will take place on Wednesday, October 22 at 7 p.m. at the Laconia Public Library. The final showing will take place in November. All events are free and open to the public. For the most updated information, visit the World Affairs Council of NH website or call Elyse Harris at 314-7970.

Grants, Awards, Artist & Job Opportunities

The Center for Arts in Education invites arts teachers from public arts high schools and Title 1 high schools and middle schools to apply for funding for artistic development through its National Artist Teacher Fellowship program. The NATF program provides grants of up to $5,500 to enable selected arts teachers from all disciplines to rejuvenate their own art-making. A complementary grant of $1,500 is awarded to each Fellow's school to support post-fellowship activities in the classroom.

The GRAMMY Foundation ® Grant Program is seeking applications to help facilitate the support of music preservation and research projects. With funding provided by The Recording Academy®, the Grant Program awards grants each year to organizations and individuals to support efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of music and the recorded sound heritage of the Americas for future generations, and research projects related to the impact of music on the human condition. To read the guidelines and to submit a letter of inquiry for the 2015 GRAMMY Foundation grant cycle, please visit The deadline for submitting letters of inquiry is Oct. 1.

Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program: Online applications for K-12 teachers are available to educators including classroom teachers, guidance counselors, curriculum specialists, librarians and SPED coordinators. By conducting educational research abroad, teachers gain new skills, learn new instructional methods and assessment methodologies and share best practices with international colleagues and students. Teachers may travel to: Botswana, Finland, India, Israel, Mexico, Palestinian Territories, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam. Additional countries will be added to the website in the coming weeks. Application deadline is November 5. Application Info:

NEA Grant Guidelines: The National Endowment for the Arts guidelines are available for Fiscal Year 2015 Funding Programs in Arts in Education.

Professional Development: Conferences, Workshops & Webinars

The Arts Alliance of Northern NH and VSA New Hampshire are offering a variety of arts in inclusive learning workshops throughout the month of August. Programs are offered for teaching artists, for art and music teachers, for special education teachers and paraprofessionals, and for after-school and out-of-school program providers. Family members, librarians and other care and service providers are also welcome to attend. Participants will explore ways to engage all students, using multiple modalities to meet individual needs through a Universal Design for Learning approach. Click here for details of these programs, or contact the Arts Alliance at (603) 323-7302 or email

Concord Hospital and the Music for Healing and Transition Program, Inc., proudly announce the schedule of classes in Concord, New Hampshire. MHTP trains and certifies both amateur and professional musicians, including instrumentalists and vocalists, to provide live therapeutic music at the bedside in healthcare facilities. The program is offered in a series of five weekend modules beginning the weekend of August 23-24, 2014, and ending May 15-17, 2015, followed by an internship. Applications are currently being accepted for musicians who are interested in becoming Certified Music Practitioners. Course details, the MHTP Program Handbook, and application forms may be found at For more information, please contact Alice Kinsler, the New England area coordinator for MHTP, at or 603-227-7000, ext. 3867.

Becoming a Woods Ninja or How to Move Silently Through the Woods to See Wildlife, a workshop with Rudy Bourget, will be offered on Sat., August 9, 10 am – noon at the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum in Warner. Pre-registration is required. To learn more visit: or call 603-746-6121.

Role of the Arts in an Era of Common Core: Join the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts on August 19 at 1 p.m. to hear from Bruce Taylor, AIE scholar and national presenter, about how the arts can be seen as contributing to overall student achievement and preparing our youth to be college and career ready. This free webinar will be an online professional development opportunity. Register today before spots fill up!

Marybeth Hallinan and Jeni Hall present the Art of Learning a Song, a summer workshop for participants ages 14-84. Participants will learn how to master a song for audition or performances, learn how to sing like a pro, and learn to create a piece that will take the audience on a journey they will not soon forget. Sessions to take place in downtown Peterborough, August 18th & 24th. Each session limited to 8 participants; pre-registration required. Contact Hallinan (603-924-9527; or Hall (603-854-0738) for more details, and to pre-register.

Storytelling Institute August 15-17, 2014: A three day intensive in the art and craft of telling a story, at a beautiful retreat center in the tiny, bucolic town of Leyden, MA (near the VT border). Taught largely through the lens of improv theatre and movement, with lots of time for exploration in many aspects of your story.

The Arts Education Partnership will hold its National Forum, Sept. 11-12, 2014 in Pittsburgh. The theme is “Preparing Students for the Next America in and through the Arts”. To learn more about keynote speakers, plenary sessions and workshops visit or contact Laura Johnson,

The Stonyfield Entrepreneurship Institute: Are you an artist entrepreneur? This highly interactive, intimate venue for networking, storytelling, and problem solving brings hundreds of for-profit and not-for-profit entrepreneurs back every year to learn about financing, marketing, finding personal balance, managing change and the many other skills that are fundamental to growing an enterprise. October 27-28, 2014, Courtyard Marriott, Concord, NH.

Resources for Students, Teachers and Parents

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.

Recent survey results report that more parents are enrolling their children in summer learning programs. The Afterschool Alliance found that 33% of parents sent at least one child to a summer learning program last year, up from 25% in 2009. For more information on how school districts can create programs likely to help students achieve in school, check out RAND’s study Getting to Work on Summer Learning.

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.

Online Resource & Research Report: Approaches to Building Arts Education - “Something to Say” - Success Principles for Afterschool Arts Programs from the Wallace Foundation.

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 summarize 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.

Calls for Entry & Proposals

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 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.

Looking for a Poetry Slam teaching artist: The RSEC Academy in Amherst, a small school for students with learning disabilities, is looking for a Poetry Slam teaching artist to bring poetry alive for their students. They do have some funding. If you are interested, or know of someone, contact Bridgette Doucette at

Attention Choreographers: Free Fall Contemporary Dance Company invites choreographers to submit proposals for their “Boost Performance Series” choreographers’ showcase September 20. Check out their Facebook page for details and submission information:

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Special thanks to Julianne Hopkins, summer college intern at the NH State Council on the Arts, for her work on this bulletin and many new Arts Learning Network “Spotlights.” Julianne is an English Major and she will be heading back this fall for her senior year at Bates College in Maine.

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