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The Arts as Inspiration

For Learning * Teaching * Making * Living

Fall 2014 Arts Education Partnership Conference

“The Arts as Inspiration for Learning*Teaching* Making*Living”, the NH State Council on the Arts’ Fall 2014 Arts Education Partnership Conference, took place the weekend of October 31 – November 2 in Greenfield, NH. More than 150 artists, teachers and arts education leaders representing 100 schools/organizations and five states explored and participated in arts learning workshops and professional development. Together, we visualized change, helped make a mandala mosaic mural for The Children’s Hospital, listened to inspiring speakers and presenters, connected with new and old friends and learned about new pathways for successful inclusion in arts education. The weekend included a special visit and workshop on “Inclusion in the Arts” at Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center. A Saturday night “Inspire Me” session shared visual presentations on ten exciting arts-centered solutions, projects, programs, initiatives and lesson plans. The NH Arts Learning Network believes the arts can lead the way for change during this important time in New Hampshire and American education.

Enjoy these photos that capture the essence and spirit of our conference, courtesy of NH photographer, educator and conference participant, John Anderson.





Conference guest artists and speakers included:

Dr. Christine Reich, White House Champion of Change; Director of Exhibit Development & Conservation, Museum of Science, Boston (download PowerPoint)

Warren Seelig, Distinguished Visiting Professor in Craft & Mixed Media, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, National Craft Fellow (download Keynote Talk)

David Fichter, Mosiac and Mural Artist and Educator

Jessica Wyatt, Community Artist and Activist, Graduate of the Maryland Institute College of the Arts, Baltimore

Alice Fogel, Poet Laureate of New Hampshire

Becky Field, Photographer and Community Researcher

Special thanks to all of our workshop presenters, speakers, conferences volunteers, staff and conference partners, plus more than 40 individuals and organizations who contributed to the NH Arts Learning Network raffle.

Conference team volunteer/leaders included: John Anderson (photographer) Liz Brett, Annie Clark, Lynn Compton, Melody Funk, Bob Gagne, John Hatab, Anna Nuttall, Muriel Orcutt, Cynthia Robinson, Erin Sweeney and Teresa Taylor.

Partners included: the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire, the NH Department of Education, the League of NH Craftsmen. The New Hampshire Arts Learning Network, Extending the Dance Map, VSA New Hampshire, and the National Endowment for the Arts



Conference Handouts

Warren Seelig's Keynote Talk - Materiality Meaning

UDL Guidelines

UDL Worksheet

2015-16 Arts Learning Grants Flyer

Reich NH Arts Inclusion for All

Arts Education for America’s Students: A Shared Endeavor

Check out this “Inspire Me!”
powerpoint Spotlight “Discover Drerup”

recently presented by Cynthia Robinson
at the NH Fall Arts Education Partnership Conference


Outcomes!! Here’s what conference participants said in their evaluations!

“I just wanted to share that our young music teacher was so fired up by the conference that first thing Monday she sent out a school wide email offering a mini workshop on songwriting in the classroom! She then went on to immediately apply what she had learned in Taylor O’Donnell (Vocal Improv) workshop with her own chorus and now has been asked to work in this way with the HS chorus. I reported back to the Visual Art Vertical Team and they all want to go next year. “
– Liz Brett, Art Educator, Hillsboro-Deering School District

Beyond fabulous!! Inspiring!

Excellent presentations – I learned so much!
Inclusion needs to be a priority in my community and schools.
The visit to Crotched Mountain Rehab Center brought tears of joy.
Great collaboration of visual art & music
I think it made me think of lots of ways to do my own arts lessons.
Inspiration was everywhere!
Loved the late night gatherings and conversations!
Renewed appreciation of mosaic making, process and complexity.
Informative, welcoming, useful
I learned to meet students where they are, build expectations and paths of learning from there….be flexible!
The passion was real. Very impressed with the overall integration of ideas and advocacy for schools, teachers, artists and community organizations.
In the Vocal Improv workshop Taylor taught us many things we can do with our students
Great to learn from Warren Seelig about contemporary art work being made by younger artists.
Everyone has the ability to be creative and open-minded and can be artistic.
A great time to connect and network!
The mosaic gave us an opportunity to work together as a team, loved it!
Artists across disciplines can support each other, acknowledging and honoring each other’s work.
Perfect! Great for me to share information with my college students!
I learned how to develop a process as we create our own school residency projects and murals….

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