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The Dandelion - NH Arts Learning Network Fall Bulletin

Grants, Competitions, Awards   


Nominations for NH Governor’s Arts award are being accepted until September 13, 2013. Governor's Arts Awards recognize outstanding contributions made by individuals, organizations and communities to the cultural life of our state. Nominations are being accepted in the following categories: Arts Education, Community Spirit, Cultural Access Leadership, Distinguished Arts Leadership, Folk Heritage, Individual Arts Patron, Lotte Jacobi Living Treasure Award, and, new this year, a Youth Arts Leadership Award

Ovation is launching the second annual innOVATION Grant Awards Program! Ovation, America's only arts network, in partnership with the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) and Americans for the Arts (AFTA), developed this year's awards to recognize schools that have cultivated model STEAM programs (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) or that have effectively incorporated the arts into integrated learning.

The annual First Freedom Student Competition national essay and video contest offers 9th - 12th grade students an opportunity to compete for $2,500 awards as they examine the history and implementation of freedom of religion and conscience in American democracy and the world today.  This school year, the competition goes global, as the topic introduces students to Article 18 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Eleanor Roosevelt and the place of religious liberty in U.S. history and U.S. foreign policy. 

The National Endowment for the Arts' Office of Research & Analysis announces that grant application guidelines are available for Research: Art Works. This program supports research that investigates the value of the U.S. arts ecosystem and the impact of the arts, either as individual components within the U.S. arts ecology or as they interact with each other and/or with other domains of American life.

The Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network (KCAAEN) and National School Boards Association (NSBA) is accepting nominations for an award recognizing a local school board for outstanding support of the arts in education. The winning school board receives a plaque presented at the NSBA Annual Conference, along with a cash award of $10,000 to use for their arts education programs. Full details and nomination materials can be found at The nomination deadline is November 1, 2013. One nomination is invited from each state to be reviewed by a panel that includes leaders from NSBA as well as the cultural sector.


REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for NH High Schools to participate in Poetry Out Loud! Priority will be given to schools that participated last year, but there are open slots for new schools. The competition is limited to 40 high schools and the registration deadline is November 1, 2013. 

New Fall classes for adults and youth at Main Street Art in Newfields, NH. Why not add a little creativity to your life? Check out the new Fall schedule including an expanded Art in the Afternoon program for teens and adults with developmental disabilities.

Professional Development: Conferences, Workshops & Webinars

The New Hampshire Art Educators will hold their annual Fall Conference on Saturday, October 19th at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester. The keynote speaker is Dr. F. Bob Sabol, immediate Past President of the National Art Education Association. Over 20 engaging workshops will be offered. This year the NH Art Educators Association and the NH State Council on the Arts look forward to collaborating and opening up their conferences to each other (presenters and attendees), plus co-marketing and cross-promoting for greater “collective impact.”

Registration is now open for the 2013 Statewide Arts Education Partnership Conference, “Exploring Creativity: Making Space for the Arts in our Classrooms, Schools and Communities,” October 25 and 26, 2013, at Camp Cody on Beautiful Lake Ossipee. This conference brings together educators, teaching artists, parents plus community and education leaders to implement quality arts education and programming in schools and communities. Keynote speakers: Eric Booth, author & artist, “the father of the teaching arts profession,” and Heidi Joann Welch, music educator & 2013 NH Teacher of the Year. Workshop topics include Arts & the Common Core, STEM to STEAM, the new National Standards for the Arts, grantwriting and creative writing. For Early Bird registration rates and to learn more about the conference agenda and workshop descriptions, visit: or

Teaching Artist Bob Bloom will present an interactive drumming program, Take a Drum Ride – Hands on Music Making for Kids and Adults at the Rowe Camp and Conference Center, December 27- 29, 2013. 

Registration is now open for the Second Annual “Caring for Our Children, Health Safety & Nutrition” Conference in Nashua, NH presented by Southern New Hampshire Services. September 21, 2013.

The National Dance Organization is offering online courses as part of their Online Professional Development Institute. New course offerings start September 23, 2013.

The New Hampshire Music Educators Association is presenting October Music Fest, Thursday, October 17, 2013 at Southern New Hampshire University. View the full event program for more information.

Registration is now open for the Children’s Librarians’ CHILIS Fall Conference. The conference, which will be held at the Eastman Center in Grantham on Thursday, October 17, 2013, will feature programs on the Common Core and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) library connections.  Children’s authors Michael Rex and Jason Chin will also make presentations.

Exploring a Sense of Place”, A Collaborative Nature-Based Childhood Conference, co-sponsored by NH Children in Nature Coalition. Saturday September 14, 2013, Live and Learn Early Learning Center in Lee, NH. Explore the many ways we can connect children, youth and families with nature right in our own communities, through nature play and learning. Keynote Speaker is Jeannine Fitzgerald, Endnote Speaker Tracy Kane.

2013 Nonprofit Leadership Summit: ​All In! Owning Our Future. It is time to move from intense conversations about “what kind“of leadership is needed to ensure the vibrancy of our state to owning a bold, clear leadership role. Join us as we convene the NH nonprofit sector to identify what our shared voice must say, explore ways to insert our leadership into the decision-making process and articulate a new frame about the impact of our work.

A new resource for teaching artists is now available. It’s an on-line course on leading arts programming for older adults. NEA staff  Beth Bienvenu, Katie Lyles Levy, and Denise Brandenburg spent the last three years collaborating with the National Center for Creative Aging on this project.

Building Community through Drama Webinar Series, a three-day professional development program, is offered by the Arkansas Arts Council. The series is designed to introduce classroom teachers, special education teachers and teaching artists to specific drama activities that create strong collaborative learning communities.  Each strategy helps build students' social skills (concentration, cooperation, eye contact, active listening) and engages all students, with and without disabilities. Dates are: Mon., Sept. 30, 3:30-4:30 pm CDT; Tues., Oct. 1, 3:30-4:30 PM CDT; and Thurs., Oct. 3, 3:30-4:30 PM CDT. To learn more, visit Building Community Through Drama .

Policy & Standards

The public review of the draft 9-12 National Core Arts Standards is scheduled for September 30th-October 21st.  Click here to learn more about the public review process. Information will be posted prior to September 30th.

The August issue of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies features a State to State column with a roundup of state legislation considered in 2013 that pertains to arts education. The column can be found here.

Calls for Entry

FALLING INTO FOLK ART: SHORT MEMOIRS. The Center For the Arts is seeking short memoirs from New Hampshire writers. Winners will be celebrated at the Telling our Own Stories event, a program in words, music and art to be held at the Meeting House, New London Historical Society, New London, NH Friday, October 4, 2013 from 5 to 7 p.m.  Submission deadline extended to September 13, 2013.

Call for teaching Artists: The Artist Project is a collaboration between an experienced artist, the Museum of Fine Arts and eight after-school community organizations in the Boston area. The program is designed to engage children in the art-making process under the guidance of an artist. Drawing inspiration from the MFA’s collection, the selected artist plans and leads an art project with children between the ages of six and twelve. The final product is a collaborative work of art reflecting the voices and ideas of participating children, and is exhibited in the Edward H. Linde Gallery in the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art at the MFA. Submissions are reviewed by a panel composed of representatives from the MFA, the SMFA and participating community organizations.

Exhibits & Related Learning Opportunities

Artists in “On & Off The Page” work at the intersection of visual art and language, exploring the potential of word, text and voice to convey emotion, meaning and knowledge. Nine artists will be included in this exhibition that also includes selections from the Lamont Gallery, Phillips Exeter Academy’s Library Special Collections. Opening Reception is Friday, September 20, 6:30-8 pm, with an Artists’ Talk on Saturday, September 21, 10 am. The exhibit includes hands-on activities and text-inspired displays in unexpected locations.  To learn more visit:, 603-777-3461.


Kristina Toth, Director of the Family Connections Center of the NH State Men and Women’s Prisons, and Jessica H. Wyatt, a Teaching Artist from Baltimore with an M.F.A. in Community Arts, demonstrated their leadership skills in sustaining the 2nd year of The Children of Incarcerated Parents (CIP) summer camp program. During the week of August 19-23, the summer camp made its debut at the New Hampshire State Prison for Women in Goffstown. Ten children were able to come into the Family Connections Center at both prisons and spend extra time with their parents, in addition to spending 12 days at Camp Spaulding. Special thanks to Janet King, a NH teaching artist who brought her skills to this special initiative. The children worked on arts and crafts with their parents and created a large mural entitled “A Perfect Day with Dad/Mom.” In preparation for the program, incarcerated parents in the program had to take a child development class, maintain good behavior in the prison, continue attending weekly parenting support groups and perform a musical skit to songs that their children had picked out.  This initiative was supported by Child and Family Services of NH, a small grant from the NH State Council on the Arts and additional donations for art supplies.  To learn more about the Family Connections Center visit:

AVA Gallery (Lebanon) once again offered innovative summer arts programs for teens! These included: The Second Annual Greg Hemberger Sustainable Architecture Workshop, for students in grades 10-12, working with architects from the Upper Valley region; and “Micro Macro” Two-Week Art and Science Summer Camps for teens, ages 9-12, taught by art educator and artist Anna Nuttall (Portsmouth Middle School) in partnership with Dr. Eric Schaller of Dartmouth College, and funded in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation.  To learn more about AVA Gallery visit: or contact Adam Blue, Program Director.  

Bishop Brady Animation Crew Wins in Toronto: The Toronto International Student Animation Festival announced on Monday that an animation crew of four students from Bishop Brady High School won First Prize for their 3D animated public service announcement (PSA), "New Hampshire Food Bank." This international competition, boasts judges from post-secondary animation programs and the animation industry itself, including professionals from Pixar, Blue Sky, Apple Canada, ToonBox and other companies.  Bishop Brady students Meaghan Tosi, Natalie Raper, Christine Brennan and Emily Rauseo formed their animation crew in the fall of 2010 when Tosi, Raper and Brennan were high school sophomores and Rauseo was a freshman. Since that time, other students have joined the crew and participated in various projects. The students first submitted their film to the New Hampshire High School Film Festival.

Bonus!!  The Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord offers several free events through their Gile Series. Coming up soon is the Asphalt Orchestra on Tuesday, September 10th.  To learn more and to find out how to pick up your free ticket visit:

Special thanks to Julianne Hopkins, our talented college intern from Bates College, ME, who volunteered three days a week for the entire summer.  Her writing and other creative design skills brought exciting “spotlights” to the NH Arts Learning Network’s website. The spotlights include photos, sample evaluation tools, documentation and even a Utube film of a ceramics project/AIR grant project at Lebanon High School. Be sure to check them out! 


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