Friday, June 16, 2017

2017 Festivals, Fairs & Celebrations in New Hampshire!

Colombian Dancers at the 2016 Concord Multicultural Festival. Photo by Anura Guruge. 
It's that time again in New Hampshire-summer time (next week officially anyway)! Good weather (hopefully!) coupled with great food, music, culture, arts and community- there are lots of celebrations, fairs and festivals to be excited about this summer! Below are some festivals, fairs and other celebrations in and around New Hampshire to enjoy! Make sure to check out area Old Home Days, music and food festivals  and agricultural fairs as well!

June 23-25
Biddeford, ME
June 24
Concord, NH
June 29-July 4,
July 6-9
Washington, D.C.
Circus Arts, On the Move, 50 Year / 50 Objects & 50th Anniversary
July 8-9

Warner, NH
July 9
Laconia, NH
July 15
Exeter, NH
July 28-30
Lowell, MA
August 5-13
Newbury, NH
August 18-20
Manchester, NH
August 18-20
Lincoln, NH
August 19
Manchester, NH
We Are One-African, Caribbean and Latino Festival
August 26-27
Manchester, NH
September 2-3
Dover, NH
September 8-10
Greensboro, NC
September 9
Laconia, NH
September 15-17
Lincoln, NH
September 23
Hillsborough, NH
Schnitzel Fest New Hampshire
September 23-24
Portsmouth, NH

Friday, January 27, 2017

NHSCA FY18 Grant Opportunities & Upcoming Events

Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grants assist communities to preserve their cultural heritage through traditional crafts, dance and music by funding a master traditional artist to teach an experienced apprentice in one-to-one sessions.
Deadline: July 7, 2017

Traditional Arts & Folklife Listing
 a juried listing of traditional artists, community scholars and folklorists who are available for presentations, demonstrations, lectures, performances and workshops on aspects of heritage and traditional arts of New Hampshire.
Deadline: Rolling

Youth Arts Project Grants fund high-quality arts and cultural programs that encourage creativity, develop new skills and foster success for young people beyond the normal school day.
Deadline: April 14, 2017

Upcoming NH State Council on the Arts Events

Grant Writing Workshop for Arts Education AIR and YAP Grants
Friday, February 10, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – pre-registration required

  NHSCA Open House – Thursday, February 9, 10am-3pm
Meet our new Heritage and Traditional Arts Coordinator and catch up with the rest of the staff. Share your projects and learn about our programs.
Click here for directions

Stay Connected with NH State Council on the Arts

NH State Council on the Arts:  Facebook  /  Twitter  
NH Heritage & Traditional Arts: Website / Blog / Twitter / Artist Roster

Thursday, January 26, 2017

New Beginnings

 I have been settling in now for a few weeks and wanted to introduce myself as the new Heritage & Traditional Arts Coordinator for the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. The transition to New Hampshire (I am originally from Pennsylvania) has been incredible so far and I am looking forward to exploring all that New Hampshire has to offer!
 I am very excited to continue the State Arts Council's Heritage & Traditional Arts program and be able to preserve and promote your traditional art forms within your communities. I look forward to working with each and every one of you in supporting the traditional arts community and preserving New Hampshire’s living cultural heritage! Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions regarding our grants and roster opportunities or if you would like to just touch base with me. 

Best Wishes,
Kayla Schweitzer

Friday, August 19, 2016

2016 League of NH Craftsmen Fair- Guest Blog post by Mikael Pluhar

Out of all 83 years the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Fair has been running, I have witnessed exactly one day. 

One day of a nine-day event, the oldest craft fair in the country boasting over 200 booths of fine craft goods, over 350 artists, workshops demonstrations, and exhibits. I was just one of thousands of people coming to see the fair, many of whom have been coming for decades, and some who, like me, had just stepped on the fairgrounds for the first time.

My first day at the League Fair was phenomenal. The second I walked in I was a lost in a sea of beautiful things, and even though I spent most of my day trying to find my parents, who were equally lost, I enjoyed every second of the fair. As I wandered into the booths I was pleased to discover that all of the craftsmen were eager and happy to talk about their work. I met some of the most funny and interesting people and learned about a range of crafts from leather stitching to silk screening. To top it all off I turned a corner and discovered a long lost friend of mine manning one of the booths! There couldn’t have been a more perfect reunion, plus I went home with a lovely ring made out of an 1890’s spoon.

When I finally found my father he was still by the entrance, having walked directly into the blacksmithing tent and become captivated with the demonstration. Master blacksmith Garry Kalajian had been slowly replacing the safety rope around his exhibit with a chain he was fastening on site. All day long people wandered through his tent and pumped his bellows via a converted bicycle. What I didn’t personally witness I learned secondhand from my father, who had become so enamored with the traditional art of blacksmithing he was thinking about taking classes.

The League Fair has a wealth of traditional and contemporary arts on display. There were demonstrations on pottery, traditional woodworking without power tools, beading, and much more. I spent a while learning about painted canvas floor cloths, a traditionally colonial mat. The painted cloths shed water and protect your floors from grease, and can be easily made at home. My family and I were encouraged to try and design our own cloth for our home.

Because that’s what the fair does: it encourages the love of crafts. There wasn’t one booth I didn’t want to buy something from, and there wasn’t one workshop I didn’t want to take. I tried craft cheese and wool coats. My dad learned about steam engines, and my mom won tickets to ride the Mount Washington Cog Railway. All I can say is that I can’t wait for the Fair to come back next year!


The League of NH Craftsmen is a 2016/2017 recipient of a Public Value Partnership grant from the NH State Council on the Arts.

Mikael Pluhar is an intern at the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. He is currently a student at Vassar College where he studies Studio Art and Architecture.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Times they are a-changin'

Working with New Hampshire’s traditional arts community for the past four years has been one of the greatest gifts I’ve ever received both personally and professionally. I have been filled with so much gratitude, inspiration, and reverence for the people and stories who share the highest level of craftsmanship in perpetuating our cultural heritage. I have learned an immeasurable amount as you’ve invited me into your homes for interviews, were patient as I tried to learn contra dancing, and trusted in our staff to listen as you shared what is important.

This summer I am transitioning to a new focus and will begin the equally valuable work as the Arts in Education Coordinator. The NH State Council on the Arts will be welcoming a new Traditional Arts Coordinator and I look forward to the experience and skill set that person will bring to this work. All of the programs and initiatives at the Arts Council are a collaborative endeavor among our entire staff, advisory council, and input from the community. I am eager to continue to support the traditional arts community through efforts in arts education.

See you real soon,