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Dandelion News – August 2015


by Gottfried Benn

Asters—sweltering days
old adjuration/curse,
the gods hold the balance
for an uncertain hour.

Once more the golden flocks
of heaven, the light, the trim—
what is the ancient process
hatching under its dying wings?

Once more the yearned-for,
the intoxication, the rose of you—
summer leaned in the doorway
watching the swallows—

one more presentiment
where certainty is not hard to come by:
wing tips brush the face of the waters,
swallows sip speed and night.

Source: Poetry (March 2012).



Pittsfield community collaborates on ‘journey map’ installation at school

Students, parents, staff and community members spent about 1,000 hours fashioning hundreds of clay tiles for the 32-foot-long mural. Some are small and represent individuals or philosophies at the school. Others are large, blue-green and wavy, running throughout the center and paying homage to the Suncook River on which the town was founded. Teresa Taylor was the Artist in Residence. A close-up view shows only a portion of the 32-foot-long installation. (NICK REID / Concord Monitor staff)


Project at East Kingston Elementary School completed in May with artist in residence C.M. Judge.

Greetings from the NH Arts Learning Network!

Can it possibly be mid-August? As we prepare for fall and a new school year, we wanted to share with you arts education news, resources, and information about some of the great upcoming programs throughout our state. We hope you’ll also send us your news, photos, ideas and questions (you can email us at!  Soon we'll be starting conference season -- including the NH Art Educators' Association fall conference October 17 in Manchester,, and the NH State Council on the Arts' Arts Education Partnership Conference November 6 in Portsmouth. We hope to see you there!


NH student receives national writing award - Oyster River Middle School student Emmy Goyette received a National Honor Award in the 2015 Letters About Literature competition, one of three recipients in the seventh- and eighth-grade category nationwide. Zachary Cassidy, a fourth grader at Infant Jesus School in Nashua, wrote the N.H. Level I (grades 4-6) winning letter to Robert Lawson, eighth-grader Goyette was the N.H. Level II (grades 7-8) winner, and Joonho Jo, a tenth grader at Philips Exeter Academy, wrote the N.H. Level III (grades 9-12) winning letter to Chinua Achebe.Letters About Literature is a reading and writing promotion program of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and is coordinated in NH by the Center for the Book at the NH State Library. To enter, young readers wrote a personal letter to an author explaining how his or her work changed their view of the world or themselves. More

Concord Monitor article on Heidi Pauer - the winner of the 2015 Christa McAuliffe Sabbatical from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. She was awarded a sabbatical from her classes at Bow and will be traveling to schools all around the state to work as a creative coach with educators and students. More

Calls for Entry & Proposals

NH Poetry Out Loud - The NH State Council on the Arts invites NH high schools to register in late August and September for the 11th Year of New Hampshire's Poetry Out Loud competition, which celebrates the diverse voices of our high school students. Poetry Out Loud aligns with Common Core standards for reading and language, in addition to the NCTE English Language Arts Standards. Last year close to 10,000 NH students participated! The program becomes more popular every year, and to stay within our resources, we are limiting participation to the first 40 schools who sign up. To be identified as a talented reciter and presenter of great poetry is an experience that changes lives, broadens ideas about the future, bolsters confidence and provides a wonderful sense of accomplishments. To be invited to present and recite poetry at the NH State House, Representatives’ Hall is an honor and memory of a lifetime. Contact your local high school 's English Dept. chair, principal or the Poetry Out Loud coordinator. We welcome participation from home school groups, charter schools and all NH high schools, private and public. Middle school English teachers are encouraged to make use of the free resources, website, vetted poems and teacher guides. Contact Catherine O'Brian, NH State Council on the Arts, email, 603-271-0795. More

Call for Speakers: TEDxLittleton 2015 with topic “True North: A Rural Renaissance” - TEDxLittleton Selection committee and community are looking for presentations on a wide range of topics concerning the blossoming and resurgence of the arts, humanities, and sciences in the North Country. How is this place changing positively, and what do you have to share about those changes? Applications for those interested in speaking at the November 22nd event are due September 15th. More

Grants, Awards, Artist & Job Opportunities

Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph, VT - seeks an Executive Director. More

Seacoast Rep is currently accepting resumes - for the following part-time or as needed positions: Theatre Electricians, Sound Operators, Light board Operators, Stage Crew, and Musicians. Please send all resumes and questions to Jamie

Poster/Essay Contest - The NH Commission for Human Rights is holding poster and essay contests with the winning entries to be displayed at the celebration of its 50th anniversary in October. The theme of the poster contest is “Celebrating Diversity in our Community” with three categories: kindergarten to grade 3; grades 4-8; and grades 9-12. All winning posters will be displayed at the State House during the celebration and winning essays will be read. Entries need to be received at the Commission for Human Rights, 2 Chenell Drive, Concord, NH 03301 by Sept. 25. For more information call Addie Hutchison, 603-271-2050 or Nick Croce, 603-271-6839. More

The National Endowment for the Arts Announces Research Grant Funding Opportunity - supporting research for projects that investigate the value and impact of the arts on individuals and communities. Prospective applicants can learn about the grant process at an upcoming NEA grant guidelines webinar on September 9, 2015 at 3:00 PM ET. An archive of the webinar will be available on the NEA's website in the webinar section shortly after the event. The deadline for submitting an application is October 20, 2015. More

Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program - for K-12 teachers. Unique international professional development opportunity for 3-6 months, conducting educational research abroad. U.S. teachers gain new skills, learn new instructional methods and assessment methodologies and share best practices with international colleagues and students. Application deadline: November 4, 2015. More

Model Cornerstone Assessments - help bring the standards into focus. National Association for Music Education did initial piloting of these assessments in the spring of 2015, and they're expanding that pilot in the fall of 2015 and spring of 2016.Teachers who pilot test these assessments learn deeply about the standards and contribute greatly to the field. Teachers in all areas of music are welcome, but they're particularly looking for teachers in:8th grade general music, alternative ensembles, composition and theory, music technology and harmonizing instruments. More

Professional Development: Conferences, Workshops, Meetings & Webinars

Annual Arts Education Partnership Conference: The Art & Spirit of Leadership - Due to resource issues, the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts has announced that its annual Arts Education Partnership Conference will be presented in a one-day format on Friday, November 6. The conference, which will focus on leadership in arts education, will be held in Portsmouth. More information will soon be available here.

The Arts Alliance of Northern NH and VSA NH are offering a series of Arts in Inclusive Learning workshops this month for teaching artists; for SPED, arts and classroom teachers at all grade levels and subject areas; and for paraprofessionals and aides as well as librarians, family members and care providers. They include: "Working with Students with Unique Learning Needs in Art & Music Classrooms & Programs" on Monday, August 17, at Pease Public Library in Plymouth; "From STEM to STEAM: Exploring the Natural World through Arts-Based Strategies and Principles of Universal Design for Learning" on August 18 & 19 at the Kimball Jenkins School of Art in Concord; and "Successful Inclusion in Arts Residencies & Programs: A Workshop for Teaching Artists" on Tuesday, August 25, at the Kimball Jenkins School of Art in Concord, and Monday, August 31, at AVA Gallery in Lebanon. All these free or low-cost professional development programs, provided under a contract with the John F. Kennedy Center, are grounded in Universal Design for Learning concepts and offer participants professional development credit. Learn more and register here.

VSA Webinar Series - Steps Five, Six, Seven, and Eight: Beyond the Basics of Dance Education for Students with Disabilities. This Webinar synthesizes emerging research and classroom experience delivering strategies to develop practice, pedagogy, and policy in teaching dance to students with disabilities. Tue, Aug 25, 2015 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EDT. Register for a recording if you can’t attend. More

Creative Aging Workshops - Attention teaching artists, arts educators and traditional artists! The NH State Council on the Arts is teaming up with two partner sites to offer Creative Aging Workshops with Lifetime Arts' master teaching artists on Sept. 16 at the Kilton Library, West Lebanon; and Sept 17, at the GoodLife Center, Concord. Creative Aging programs engage older adults in active arts learning. Workshops will cover current research on arts and aging; what's different about adult learning; analyze best practices; and, explore how your arts education expertise forms a strong basis for working with older adults. Registration fee of $50 includes box lunch and materials. Early on-line registration is encouraged. Questions? Contact Catherine O'Brian, or 603-271-0795. More

CLiF Rural Library Conference - Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, 9:00 am - 3:15 pm, Hotel Coolidge, White River Junction, VT. This conference is designed specifically for staff, trustees, and volunteers from rural libraries and bookmobiles in NH and VT. Only $15 and it includes a full lunch. More

NH Poetry Festival - readings, panels, and workshops, plus a reading and Q&A by former U.S. Poet Laureate Charles Simic. Saturday, Sept.19, 2015, 8am-8pm, NHIA, 148 Concord St Manchester, NH. More

Upcoming Classes at Concord Community TV - Intro to Editing, Thurs., August 13th, 5:30-7pm. Advanced Editing, Thurs., August 27th, 5:30-7 pm. Creating Graphics for Web and Television, Tues., September 15th, 5:30-7 pm. For more information contact the Training Coordinator,

Free Webinars Sponsored by Crayola - Collaboration and School Culture, Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 4 p.m. Crafting a Unifying School Vision, Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 4 pm. More

Exhibits, Performances, Programs, Events

The Arts in Reach program invites you to “Our Voices, Our Stories” - the Arts in Reach (AIR) 2015 summer showcase on Sunday, August 16, 2015 at 3S ArtSpace, in Portsmouth. Come to a spirited evening of song, dance, theatre and visual art to celebrate the talented teens of Songworks, Artworks and TheatreWorks! Doors open at 5:15 pm for a visual art exhibition, CD Release and light refreshments; curtain opens at 6 pm with original theatre and dance performance. AIR’s mission is to empower teen girls through mentoring and the arts. More

Framing Space at 3S - Artist Kirsten Reynolds (Newmarket, NH) and dancers Cookie Harrist and Delaney McDonough of Hio Ridge Dance (Denmark, ME) were invited to embark on a new site-responsive project that examines the relationship between architecture and dance. In the exhibit, each artist is represented by a singular work of art. The interface of sculpture and dance coalesce to illustrate the various ways space and movement are employed in each artwork. 3S Artspace, 319 Vaughan St., Portsmouth, NH, Saturday, August 8 - October 4, 2015. More

“New Voices”: Ancient Words” –This puppet show will be hosted by the Wilmot Community Association in partnership with Restoring the Waters Puppet Theater at Timothy Patten Park, Shindagan Road, Wilmot, NH on Sat, Aug. 22, 7 pm. (Rain date Aug 23). More

3rd Annual Dover Mini Maker Faire - an interactive celebration of invention, innovation and creativity - is August 29 in downtown Dover (Henry Law Park, the Children's Museum of New Hampshire and One Washington Mill). There's something for all ages, from robotics and rocket launches to crafting and performances. More

Free Concert Tickets - Symphony NH is looking for participants willing to talk about classical music and the orchestra for about an hour in exchange for free concert tickets. Specifically, interested parties should be women ages 35-55 who have NOT ever attended a Symphony NH concert. The location of the focus group will be in downtown Nashua; you will be offered a selection of dates from which to choose. More

Activities for Children

Living History Event - For an authentic taste of history, in Hillsborough, NH, Aug.15-16th meet historical re-enactors who bring the past to the present, such as Thomas Jefferson, Laura Ingalls Wilder and magicians, sutlers, potters, blacksmiths and shoemakers. Fun, educational things for families to do with children of all ages: panning for real gold, trying a potter's wheel, games, food, a children's parade and food. $5 for ages 6 to 17, and kids 5 and younger get in for free. More

Youth Filmmaking Camp – at Concord Community TV will be the last camp of the summer, the week of August 17th. For more information contact the Training Coordinator,

VirtualArtsTV - is live-streaming performing arts, using this technology to make it possible for students all over the US to have a thrilling, professional, live arts experience, right in the classroom. Pairing this first ever live-streamed educational arts festival with Common-Core and TEKS aligned curriculum, curriculum designed to excite your students and create class after class of engaged, arts centered learning. More

Resources and Articles for Students, Teachers and Parents

Arts Integration for STEM - useful website for explaining why the arts would be used in teaching STEM content. More

Social Media Accessibility Toolkit - intended to help agencies evaluate the accessibility of their social media programs for persons with disabilities, identify areas that need improving, and share their own ideas and recommendations for helping ensuring our modernization programs are easily accessed by all who need them. More

Links between Arts, Learning, and Neuroscience Examined in New NEA Report - What are the links between brain function and creativity? How can this knowledge affect the way we learn, work, and thrive? More than a dozen experts, including neurologists, artists, and cognitive psychologists, consider these and other questions in a new report from the National Endowment for the Arts titled How Creativity Works in the Brain. More

Film posted on VIMEO, made by Bill Rogers filmmaker/AIE Roster Artist - about new American Teens (From Africa) growing up in New Hampshire. Title “Who Am I Going to Be?” Funded through NH Humanities Council. More

Video of Hillary Clinton expressing her support for arts education at a town hall meeting in Nashua, NH - The presidential candidate responded to a question about education with an answer that featured great enthusiasm for the arts. She remarked how valuable it was that she had an opportunity to sing in a chorus and participate in drama and visual arts classes in school. "But the point is when you remove the arts, you really hurt kids who learn that way!" More

Key Accountability Lessons Detailed in ASCD White Paper - ASCD, a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading, has released a new white paper on multi metric accountability that details the ways in which more comprehensive education systems can be developed to support student success. The report highlights five examples at the state,province, and local levels in the United States and Canada that have successfully put in place accountability models that use multiple measures to determine if they are best serving students. Included in the systems discussed in the white paper is the New Hampshire Performance Assessment for Competency Education (PACE) Pilot. More

Americans for the Arts - has produced a new suite of tools to help you build, craft, and present effective messages to educational leaders in order to affect change in local communities. The Encourage Creativity tool kit is designed to complement the Arts Education Navigator e-book series, and includes advocate tools to learn strategies for making change, compelling videos to use in advocacy presentations, and quizzes to learn the robust facts & figures to present. More

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