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A note from Catherine O’Brian, Arts Education Coordinator, NH State Council on the Arts

Last month I had the opportunity to welcome conference participants to our statewide 2015 Fall Arts Education Partnership Conference, hosted annually by the NH State Council on the Arts. In the spirit of Thanksgiving and the Holiday, a special thank you to those who attended and helped out!  With the theme, "The Art and Spirit of Leadership", the energy was humming through the  day, from the keynote presentation with Jerome Meadows through the workshop on Storytelling for Advocacy with Gen Aichele, to the Advocacy presentation with Jeff Poulin from Americans for the Arts.  The atmosphere was filled with the passion to advocate for arts learning across New Hampshire. We will share photos, films, ideas, and a summary report of our small group NH Listens Sessions. Special thanks to our excellent keynote speaker, presenters, panelists, volunteers, drummers and staff for making this conference so enriching, valuable and successful.  Let's see how together we can continue weaving hope and art making into our work as we cultivate arts education in New Hampshire. 


Left: NH teaching artist, poet and puppeteer Andrew Periale adds his creative words and ideas to the community weaving created by conference participants.

Above right: Portsmouth art educator Anna Nuttall facilitates one of the NH Listens small group conversations at the Fall 2015 Arts Education Conference.

Right: Concord art & theatre arts educator John Hatab drums with sculptor and conference keynote speaker Jerome Meadows at the conference. 

Helpful links:

*"How can we make NH a great place for everyone to experience the transformative power of arts learning?” To read or download the Summary Report from our NH Listens Conversation and facilitated small group discussions with over 100 arts educators, teaching artists and community arts leaders, follow this link to the summary report online.

*We value your feedback on the conference! If you attended but have not already commented, please complete a conference evaluation.

*To view an album of conference photos, follow this link to our flickr slideshow.

*To visit Americans for the Arts’ excellent advocacy site, the Navigator series, and Youth Arts Tool Kit plus other arts learning resources, visit  Americans for the Arts’ Tools & Resources.

*To submit a news item, announcement or communication to the NH Arts Learning Network's next bulletin, The Dandelion, please send by February 1, 2016, to Catherine O'Brian, or Frumie Selchen,   Include "Dandelion" in the subject line.  Be sure to Join the NH Arts Learning Network, to receive updates and hear about new opportunities. 

To learn more about FY 2017 Arts Learning Grants (Artist Residency in Schools, Youth Arts Project and General Project), visit the NH State Council on the Arts' website, (click on Grants and look for FY2017 Grants Deadlines, Guidelines and Arts Learning Grants Writing Workshops.) Be sure you are signed up for our E Opps electronic news.

Conference guest artists and speakers included:

Keynote speaker: Artist Jerome Meadows, designer, Portsmouth African Burying Ground

Jeff Poulin of Americans for the Arts and a panel of NH arts education leaders.

A facilitated statewide conversation on arts learning with New Hampshire Listens

How to tell your story for maximum impact with theatre artist Genevieve Aichele

Conference Handouts

Conference schedule and workshop descriptions
Summary Report of Conference Small Group Discussions

Reflections from participants on the Fall 2015 Arts Education Partnership Conference

"Inspirational and Inspiring!”

"The keynote speaker, artist and sculptor Jerome Meadows was inspiring and a wonderful speaker." 

"The workshops on Storytelling and Effective Advocacy for Arts Education were outstanding and engaging. I have a plan and will create my story." 

"I loved hearing the leadership examples and different backgrounds of the Leadership Panel. Fantastic to hear how professionals in the arts education field are dealing with risk, challenges and success." 

"I have lots of new knowledge and resources to bring back and share with my school administrators, teachers and parents." 

"Gave me confidence that I can lead through storytelling." "I feel inspired to bring shine back to my students!" 

Slide show of conference highlights:  


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