|Granite State Arts Academy students performing a Traditional Indian Dance during the culmination of an Artist in Residence Program with Master Artist Jasmine Shah.|
Deeply rooted within the New Hampshire landscape, traditional arts have been passed on and preserved beginning with our indigenous communities through European settlement to the newly emerging New American and ethnic communities of today. All of us belong to communities or groups that have something in common--a language, a geographic area, an ethnic heritage, a religion, an occupation, or a way of life. Each group, both old and new, express their own traditions, arts, music, crafts, stories, and values that are a vital piece of New Hampshire’s living cultural heritage. Traditional arts connect us to our past, encourage respect and appreciation for diverse cultures and traditions, build strong communities, and cultivate cultural assets. As society and communities continue to evolve, it becomes more and more important to celebrate and learn about our traditions.
|Nelson Elementary School Students learning about Albert Quigley and his impact in Nelson by Master Artists Allison and Hunt Smith and Harvey Tolman.|