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New Hampshire Arts Learning Network

Dandelion News • June 8, 2015


Windy Hill School Art Exhibition at the Sawyer Fine Arts Center, featuring the works of Toddler, Nursery and Pre-K students.

Hats Off to the Peterborough region team for their 2015 Children & the Arts Day!

A group of Monadnock area youth marched in the Children in the Arts Day giant Puppet Parade in support of 2014 Nobel Peace Prize-winner Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani schoolgirl, who advocates for the education of girls.

NH High School Short Film Festival: Above, a still from Andrew Sevigny’s short film “Approval”; below, Sevigny receiving his Jury Award at Red River Theatres.

Greetings from the NH Arts Learning Network

Happy June! Many readers will soon bring this school year to a close—packing up supplies, cleaning out the closets, preparing for end-of-year concerts, and working with students to finish that last art project before kids go home for the summer. This edition of the Dandelion highlights summer opportunities for teachers and students, artists and arts advocates. We hope you discover something you didn’t know before, click on a link that takes you to a new place, or read about someone or something you already know and are happy to see recognized or reinforced. We wish you a safe, relaxing, and enjoyable summer that takes you away from your usual routine and gives you space to relax and renew in a way that’s just right for you. Enjoy!

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Congratulations to Denise Freeman of Campbell High School - chosen NH Art Educator of the Year by the NH Art Educators' Association. More info

Pontine Theatre Awarded National Endowment for the Arts Grant - The NEA has awarded a $12,000 grant award to Pontine Theatre to tour its works to communities throughout New England. The grant supports a tour of the company’s original works featuring subjects of particular interest to New England audiences, including stagings and adaptations of New England literature, history and culture. More info

Congratulations to the 2015 NH Letters About Literature Winners! - Zachary Cassidy, 4th grade, Infant Jesus School, Nashua; Emmy Goyette, 8th grade, Oyster River Middle School, Durham; and Joonho Jo, 10th grade, Philips Exeter Academy. More info

Congratulations to art teacher Sarah Boudreau, Art Educator and AIR Coordinator at Epping Elementary School, this year’s recipient of the Ann L Loranger Outstanding Mentor Teacher of the Year Award.

8th Annual NH High School Short Film Festival winners named - $18,000 in tech prizes were NH teens: Andrew Sevigny of Nashua Technology Center, and Peter Dubois, Patrick Mulhern, Jake Aldrich and Conrad Dundorf of Oyster River High School, Their films will be screened at the NH Film Festival in Portsmouth in October and at the SNOB (Somewhat North of Boston) Film Festival in Concord in November.

The White Mountain National Forest and the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire are pleased to announce that musician, composer and writer Ben Cosgrove will be the 2015 WMNF Artist in Residence. Ben has a deep interest in conservation and the human relationship to landscape and place. During his residency he will create new work inspired by the Forest and offer a series of community and youth programs. More info 

The MacDowell Colony will award its 56th Edward MacDowell Medal to composer Gunther Schuller on Sunday, August 9, 2015. Schuller began his professional career as a teen playing French horn for the American Ballet Theater (ABT) and recorded with Miles Davis before making an indelible mark as a composer and an educator. More info

Calls for Entry & Proposals

Institute on Disability Seeks Artists for 2016 Calendar - IOD at UNH produces a full-color calendar featuring 13 original works of art with inspirational quotes, distributed and around the world to those that are connected to their mission: to promote full access, equal opportunities and participation for everyone. Deadline: June 26, 2015. More info

Grants, Award & Artist & Program Opportunities

2015 Governor's Arts Awards Call for Nominations - Do you know someone that goes above and beyond in Arts Education? Deadline: Wednesday, July 1, 2015. More info

2016 MediaMakers Studio, Accepting proposals - Deadline July 15, 2015. An innovative film and television mentoring exchange program run in collaboration with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) will connect approximately 12-18 film and video professionals from four to six countries with mentors in the U.S. entertainment industry. More info

Crayola's Creative Leadership Grant Program - Deadline June 22, 2015. More info

Lights On Afterschool Poster Contest – Deadline July 1, 2015. Seeking submissions from afterschool programs. More info

Do you have a story of an “Arts Action Hero?” – Americans for the Arts is looking for stories that are 200-300 words about either individuals or organizations that are at the cutting edge of how the arts are being used in education. Accompany your story with an illustrative photo of that good work in action. More info

Children's Literacy Foundation (CLiF) - provides free interactive literacy programming and new books to children ages 0-12 in Vermont and New Hampshire who are at-risk for growing up with low literacy skills. They are accepting applications for their Summer Readers grant. More info

Heidi Pauer, an English Teacher at Bow High School, has been awarded the Christa McAuliffe Sabbatical Award for the 2015-2016 school year. She will serve as a creativity coach in New Hampshire high schools, where she will offer workshops, one-to-one teacher coaching, and ideas for assessments. Her project is all about how to cultivate creativity within the classroom or in a school. She has experience in visual arts, creative writing, acting, and directing as well as integrating the arts within her classroom while dabbling in many other art forms. She is ready to take her expertise and enthusiasm throughout the state, where her coaching is FREE of charge to all NH schools and is customizable to any district. If you are interested in working with Heidi during the 2015-2016 school year, please contact her at

Professional Development: Courses, Conferences, Workshops, Meetings & Webinars

NH Arts Learning Network Professional Development Follow-up: 70 arts educators from across New Hampshire attended "NH Policies & Practices in Arts Education" workshops offered by the NH Arts Learning Network on May 8 at the Department of Education in Concord and May 12 at North Country Education Services in Gorham. Our thanks to presenter (and network partner) Marcia McCaffrey and all who made these programs possible. The NHALN website “Policies” page has been updated with many of the materials from the workshop -- we invite you to visit for the latest information.

New Hampshire “Special” for the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative - A special arrangement has been made for New Hampshire teachers to attend the 5th annual summer teacher leader training for the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative, August 3-5, in Portland, Maine. The institute is holding 7 slots for New Hampshire teachers. If you are interested in attending, please 1) visit the website to learn more; 2) contact Marcia McCaffrey by June 22, 2015 and let her know why you are interested in attending ( She will identify the final 7 teachers and will work with them to customize the Maine intensive for New Hampshire teachers. Priority will be given to those teachers who attended the NH Arts Learning Network’s May 2015 NH Arts Education Policies and Practices workshops in Concord and Gorham. More info 

Plymouth State University Summer Graduate Art Courses - Registration is open through June 30 for courses including The Arts in Society, Landscape Painting & Drawing, Foam Block Printing, Creative & Professional Practice, Encaustic & Mixed Media, and Advanced Ceramic Form & Surface Design. Questions? Email Details and registration

Wednesday's Wisdom - Pot Luck Wednesday, June 10, 6 pm at the Mill Brook Gallery, Concord, NH. Free and open to the public Demonstration of Sumi Ink and Foam Printing by Annette Mitchell. Sponsored by Kimball Jenkins Community Art School and Mill Brook Gallery & Sculpture Garden. More info

Arts Alliance of Northern NH 2015/2016 Program Preview - Wednesday, June 17 (Plymouth Elementary School) and Thursday, June 18 (Lancaster Elementary School), 3:30 p.m. networking & snacks, 4:00 p.m. preview & discussion. Representatives of current and potential partner schools and organizations are invited to learn about artist residency and professional development programs planned for next year, and to provide feedback about additional programs under consideration. Administrators, educators, parent and community groups are invited, particularly those from the North Country & Lakes Region. RSVPs appreciated - email or call 603-323-7302 with questions. More info

Personalization: Going beyond Differentiation and RTI - With CSSR President and Breaking Ranks author Dr. Joseph DiMartino, June 24, 2015 at the Best Western Executive Courts, S.Willow Street, Manchester, NH. More info

NH Educator’s Online OPEN NH Summer Online Courses - July 8 – August 25, 2015. Courses are $130, run 7 weeks, and earn 35 professional development hours. Register for courses early and save $10.00. Early Bird Special offer ends on June 23, 2015. More info

NH Theatre Project's Adult Summer Workshops - NHTP Adult Workshop Intensives are held at the West End Studio Theatre in Portsmouth, NH for participants ages 17 and up. More info 

Using Understanding by Design for Performance Assessments Workshop – With Jay McTighe on July 11, 2015, Manchester, NH. More info 

22nd Annual Higher Order Thinking (HOT) Schools Summer Institute - July 13–17, 2015 in Hartford CT. Sequential Learning Tracks, Workshops, Plenary Sessions, and Performances. More info

Summer Institute 5.0 for Advanced Teaching Artists - Teaching Social Justice: Current Events through Art, Inquiry and Reflection, July 23-25, 2015 in New York City. Deadline June 10. More info

The 2015 VSA Intersections Arts and Special Education Conference takes place August 3-4, 2015, in Washington, D.C. The conference addresses an array of topics and issues relevant to providing students with disabilities access to arts education programming. More

Summer Storytelling Institute - August 7-9, 2015 with Rona Leventhal, Angel’s Rest Retreat and Conference Center, Leyden, MA. More info

Summer Art Retreat for Teachers in NH – Presented by the Inspired Classroom, August 10-12, 2015, Hampton, NH. More info

Star Island Creative & Professional Practice Workshop - September 9-11, 2015. This intensive workshop is designed for artists who want to create a sustainable life making art and advance both creatively and professionally. More info

Educator Leadership Program - The Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications from Manchester Educators for their Educator Leadership Program. More info

Arts Education Partnership Forum - Registration is now open for the September 1-2, 2015 conference in Arlington, VA. More info

Save the Date for the Fall 2015 NH Arts Education Partnership Conference - November 6-8, 2015 in Portsmouth, NH! Details will be announced this summer!

Exhibits, Performances, Programs, Events

NH Youth Repertory Company will present “An OZ Story,” an original musical, July 4-12. More info

Two Days of Summer Family Fun with a Great New Orleans Band - Roochie Toochie and the Ragtime Shepherd Kings are coming north! This quirky, old-fashioned band will be leading hands-on music, sound and dance workshops for families, teens and adults and performing in Gorham on Friday, July 17, and Littleton on Thursday, July 23. Roochie Toochie specializes in performing songs from the early days of Tin Pan Alley in the format on which they were first recorded - wax cylinder! More info

Of Beauties and Beasts – An exhibit of regional children’s book artists at the Children's Museum of New Hampshire till September 6, 2015. More info

Summer Arts Programs and Camps for Youth

Affordable Music Lessons in Franklin NH - Sonic Wallpaper, a collective of musicians & artists, will be offering a variety of lessons and workshops by donation (pay what you can afford). These programs will be available to ALL, regardless of age (under 8 must be accompanied by adult at all times), location, or finances. More info

Lake Winni Overnight Music Camp – ages 10-18, Moultonboro, NH, July 26-Aug. 1 and Aug. 9-15, 2015. More info

The NH Theatre Project offers high quality summer theatre camps starting July 2015. More info

New Hampshire Teen Summer Writers' Workshop - July 20 – 24, Nashua Community College offers a week-long summer conference for teen writers of fiction, nonfiction, drama, and poetry who want to take their work to a new level. More info

Outdoor Digital Photography Workshop & Adventures for Ages 13-17, Mon-Wed., July 27-31 with Hettie Haudenschield, Gilford High School Photography Teacher. $150 per student. For more info or to register, please email

Lakes Region Music and Arts Day Camp - For students aged 9-14 or grades 4-8, at the First United Methodist Church in Gilford. For more information or for registration forms, please contact Director Karen Jordan at 524-0835, or the First United Methodist Church office at 524-3289

Alchemists' Workshop in Henniker - Non-profit theatre is offering film and theatre camps during the summer of 2015 for young people ages 6 to 18. More info 

Sanborn Regional School District Summer 2015 Enrichment Offerings - Science, art, drama and music classes for kids. More info

CATV 2015 Summer Video Camps -In White River Junction, VT. Open to students entering 6th through 9th grades. More info

Camps for Curious Minds – Camp Invention created by the National Inventors Hall of Fame, More info

Margaritas Mexican Restaurant Visiting Artist Program will be bring visiting folk artists from Oaxaca, Mexico: In the fall, visiting artists are carvers Efrain and Ivan Fuentes from San Martin Tilcajete. In the spring of 2016 they will be bringing Porfirio Gutierrez, a Zapotec weaver from Teotitlan del Valle. More info

Information, Resources and Articles for Students, Teachers and Parents

Free Film - Spectrum of Hope: An inspiring film about students, teachers and the power of arts education. The film is available free of charge to all schools, teachers and families. More info

Arts Education Poised for Comeback in Nation’s Largest School Districts - Urban school districts, such as New York and Chicago, are taking bold steps to expand the school day curriculum and once again invest in arts education. After years of budget cuts, and a narrowing of curriculum at public schools across the country, cities are taking action. Read more

Is art an essential school subject? - In light of our shifting educational priorities and, in many places, shrinking school budgets, are there still persuasive arguments to be made for the importance of visual arts as a core school subject for American kids? Read more

Using Comics to Teach English Language Learners - More info

Art Pioneer Once Expelled for Doodling - Now an artist in New York City, Alphons was disheartened to learn that nearly three in 10 public schools lack even one full-time arts teacher. Watch video

STEAM, not just STEM Education Infographic – Visual explanation of what STEAM is. More info

NH After School has a new websiteMore info

Speed Up Your Arts Integration Strategy SearchMore info

The Maine Art Assessment Resources Online Assessment Resource Library has a collection of online arts assessment resources and an archive of their on-line professional development series  including videos of teachers practicing standards-based assessment strategies. For those who want to investigate assessment literacy resources this summer, this is a great place to begin.

Visit the US ED Office of Innovation and Improvement website to read about their 2015 Arts in Education Conference, “Deconstructing The Arts: Implementation to Outcomes,” serving Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination & Arts Model Professional Development grantees. The panel addressed “Building for Project Success: Key Partners in the Blueprint.” The purpose of the 2015 Arts in Education Conference was to equip project directors, evaluators, and project staff with essential program resources, technical assistance and proper guidance on how to achieve a successful project and improve the quality of grantees’ overall implementation efforts. More info

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