Thursday, October 23, 2014

Performing Artists: Become NEST eligible | Educators: Please take our 5 minute survey

Traditional Performing Artists: How to become a NEST (New England States Touring) performer.

The New England Foundation for the Arts offers quarterly NEST (New England States Touring) grants to organizations who want to bring an out-of-state performer to their organization. The performers are chosen from a list of "NEST eligible performers". If you are a performing artist who is interested in performing out of state, and has done at least 5 public performances in the past year, you can apply to be added to the list of NEST eligible artists. You will need a CreativeGround profile in order to be considered. Watch this video to find out how to become a NEST performer.

Educators: Please take our 5 minute Survey

The NH State Council on the Arts believes that studying local art forms, history, and culture, can foster connections with the community, develop citizenship, and directly support state curriculum objectives. The Heritage and Traditional Arts Program in consultation with the Arts in Education program, artists and educators is developing lesson plans and curriculum units to help teachers share our artistic traditions with K-12 students. We are asking for your help in identifying what makes a good teaching and learning resource. What do you need most to support your instruction?

We appreciate you taking time to answer the following questions that will inform what type of resources we develop.

Members of the Orzechowski family performing at Canterbury Shaker Village

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

NH Folklife Calendar

The NH Council on the Arts wants to share exciting news that the NH Folklife website was recently redesigned to be ADA accessible and provide more opportunities for sharing the many cultural heritage events and programs across the state. The redesign was possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The official launch of the site will not be until mid- November, but we wanted to share with you some of the new features. A new NH Folklife calendar can be used to promote your workshops, events, dances, gatherings, fairs, demonstrations, and learning opportunities. There are already many events populated on the calendar!  We will be working toward have this calendar included on state-wide tourist sites, social media and promote in regional newspapers.  If you have upcoming cultural heritage events that you would like to share, please fill out the form, and bookmark the link to publicize future events. Thank you all for your creativity, passion, and investment in our communities.