Wednesday, June 29, 2022

2022 New Hampshire Festivals, Fairs & Celebrations


Runjuan Huang demonstrating Chinese calligraphy at the 2017 Concord Multicultural Festival. Photo provided by the NH State Council on the Arts.

It's that time - summer is here again in New Hampshire! With great weather, 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 22-27; June 30-July 4 Washington, D.C. Smithsonian Folklife Festival
July 9-10 Warner, NH 21st Annual Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum PowWow
July 16
Exeter, NH American Independence Festival
July 23
Milton, NH Old Stage & Tavern Days
July 24
Loudon, NH Open Farm Day at Sanborn Mills Farm
July 29-31 Lowell, MA Lowell Folk Festival
August 6-14 Newbury, NH 89th Annual Craftsmen’s Fair
August 19-21 Manchester, NH Mahrajan Middle Eastern Festival
August 19-21 Thornton, NH Boogie N' Blues Festival
August 26-28 Salisbury, MD National Folk Festival
August 24
Nashua, NH BrazilFest
September 10
Laconia, NH Laconia Multicultural Festival
September 16-18 Manchester, NH Glendi - A Greek Festival
September 16-18 Lincoln, NH New Hampshire Highland Games & Festival
September 16-October 6 West Springfield, MA The Big E
September 17
Nashua, NH Nashua Multicultural Festival
September 18                Concord, NH Concord Multicultural Festival
September 24
Keene, NH Keene International Festival
September 24-25 Concord, NH Capital Arts Fest
September 24-25 Portsmouth, NH Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival
September 25
Warner, NH Harvest Moon Festival
November 5
Portsmouth, NH Dawnland StoryFest


If there are additional festivals, fairs and/or other celebrations not listed here, please feel free to let us know!


Monday, June 20, 2022

NHSCA FY2023 Grant Opportunities

Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grants  help communities preserve their cultural heritage through the learning and passing on of traditional arts including crafts, music, and dance - so that future generations can continue to benefit from them. Apprenticeship grants fund a master traditional artist to teach an experienced apprentice in one-to-one sessions for a minimum of 65 hours over a period of six to ten months. Traditional arts are passed down from one generation to the next within communities through observation, conversation, imitation, and practice. They represent a sense of beauty, skills, knowledge, and community values refined over generations and are an important part of our living cultural heritage. Communities can be defined in many ways such as groups that share the same ethnic heritage, language, geographic area, religion, occupation, or way of life. Deadline: July 1, 2022

Traditional Arts & Folklife Listing is a directory of traditional artists, community scholars, and folklorists who are available for performances, demonstrations, workshops, and other community-based presentations in New Hampshire. The Heritage & Traditional Arts Program provides this service both as a resource for arts organizations, museums, community groups, schools, and other groups that want to include traditional arts and artists in their programs and for artists who wish to present their traditions in community settings. The Listing provides contact information, areas of specialty, and types of presentations artists can offer. 
Deadline: Rolling

Folklife and Traditional Arts Project Grants support projects that focus on presenting and preserving folklife and traditional arts in New Hampshire. The goals of this funding category are to promote a deeper appreciation for and a better understanding of folklife and traditional arts so that they continue to be a meaningful and visible part of our community life, support traditional artists and cultural communities so that they can continue to preserve these living traditions, and sustain the variety of folklife and traditional arts so that future generations may continue to benefit from them. Deadline: July 15, 2022

Arts for Community Engagement Grants  support community enrichment and public benefit by providing access to high quality arts performances, activities, and programs presented by community-based organizations, Main Street programs, and municipalities. This grant category supports a wide range of activities including performances, concerts, exhibits, workshops, community arts programming, and collaborative public art projects that engage the arts and artists for the benefit of New Hampshire residents and communities. Deadline: July 15, 2022