“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