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thank you for attending

For 22 years the NH State Council on the Arts has been gathering educators and community leaders for high quality professional development in Arts Education. This year’s conference, The Arts are Essential, was held on November 11 and 12 in downtown Claremont, NH. The conference theme references the new federal legislation in education, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), where the Arts are listed as core academic subjects that are essential to a well-rounded education.

Each year the conference brings inspiring keynote speakers who are national leaders in Arts Education. They connect and empower attendees as individual artists and educators. Hands-on skill-building workshops are taught by local teaching artists in all the arts disciplines: Media Arts, Dance, Theatre, Music, Visual Arts, and Literary Arts. The conference cultivates a network and community of educators that strengthen education in New Hampshire. Whether you’re a classroom teacher, a school administrator, a special education provider, an artist, or after-school provider, there conference provides opportunities every year for you to engage with moving keynote speakers and hands on workshops.

View photos from the conference:

The Arts are Essential 2016 conference featured:

24 workshops led by NH Teaching Artists:

  • Skill building workshops in: poetry, theater, clay, mosaics, dance, movement, pan pipes of the Andes, music for everyone, animation, grant writing, digitizing your lesson plans using Google classroom, STEAM & Arts integration, makerspaces, advocacy, the art and science of color, arts integration & more

8 Keynote Presentations:

  • Jumping In: The Creative Process: PDF poem written by Stu at the conference
    Stuart Kestenbaum, Interim Director of Maine College of Art; Maine Poet Laureate
  • Ensuring Access in Creative Youth Development
    Zakiya Thomas, former director of Education, Boston Ballet
  • The Arts and ESSA: PDF template letter for arts advocates to write in support of arts education as part of ESSA
    Matt Wilson, Director of MassCreative
  • Pathways to STEAM Excellence
    Brian Pickering, 2016 Principal of the Year, ConVal High School 
    Amanda Bastoni, Photography teacher and AIR coordinator, ConVal High School
  • Illustrating Science 
    Amy Zhang, Senior at Dartmouth College majoring in Studio Art and Biology
  • Using Cartooning and Doodling for Meaningful Note Taking
    Marek Bennett, NH Teaching Artist and Cartoonist
  • Movement for Healthy Teaching: PDF tips for managing stress in the classroom
    Heather Oberheim, NH Teaching Artist, Movement and Dance teacher
  • Improv: An Asset for Everyone
    John Windmuller, WIT improv theater, Washington, DC

A certificate for 7 CEU hours for each day of the conference was offered to attendees. Visit the conference webpage to learn more. 

Workshop Snapshot

Friday Workshop 1



Welcome to the Circle: Creating Educational Mandalas

pdf handout on 100 Mandalas

Empowering Children in an age of Climate Change From Trash to Tunes: Making Instruments from Recyclables

Devising with Literature: Using Theatre to Understand and Share Stories

Write Now! Making the case: Advocacy for Arts Education
Kathryn Costa & Kim Salathe Michael Caduto Dennis Warring Amanda Pawlik Stuart Kestenbaum Matt Wilson
Friday Workshop 2
Imagination, Creativity and Innovation in the Classroom Making is Connecting: Visible Mending, Slow Stiching and Craftivism Dream, Design & Write an AIR Grant Project for your School Music is for EVERYONE! "Mine Eyes Have Seen" Bringing Primary Sources to Life in Song, Story & Drawing Observation, Imagination, Expression: The Poetry of Clay Lanterns Stop Motion Animation made Easy
Trish Lindberg Juno Lamb Catherine O'Brian TJ Wheeler The Hardtacks Elizabeth Cornwell-Wilkin Claire Provencher
Saturday Workshop 3
Making the A in STEAM: Makerspaces & STEAM education The Art & Science of Color Digitizing your Lessons in Google Pan Pipes of the Andes Using Movement & Song in the Classroom Rooted & Growing: The Power of Place in Poetry

Josh Bushueff
TwinState Makerspaces, Inc

R.P. Hale Brian Chagnon Jose Lezcano Heather Oberheim Brian Evans Jones

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