Lynn Martin Graton, Acting Director
Lynn Martin Graton has been serving as Acting Director of the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts since October 2009. She joined the State Arts Council staff in 1998 as the Traditional Arts Coordinator and has over 31 years of experience in arts administration. She has served as a consultant for various heritage based museums and organizations and on a number of NEA and neighboring state arts council grant review panels.
While at the State Arts Council, Lynn has worn many hats including overseeing the Collections Management team, serving for several years as the agency's database administrator, and taking many photographs used in agency publications and websites. In her capacity as Traditional Arts Coordinator Lynn served as New Hampshire Curator for the state’s presentation at the 1999 Smithsonian Folklife Festival and for the in-state re-creation in 2000 at the Hopkinton Fairgrounds. She has managed grants, produced two CDs of original recordings of New Hampshire traditional music and produced the award winning New Hampshire Folklife website. In 2012, she produced Shaping Our Heritage, a multi-faceted project to celebrate 16 years of funding Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grants.
Before coming to New Hampshire, Lynn served for 15 years as Folk Arts Coordinator for the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts where she undertook several major projects including working on the 1989 Hawaii state program at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Festival Director for the restaging in Hawaii, Crafts Coordinator for the 1984 delegation of Hawaiian tradition bearers to an international arts festival in Tahiti, and produced a number of major exhibitions, publications, and audio recordings.
A skilled craftsperson, Lynn holds a BA in ceramics and sculpture from the University of Guam, certification as a secondary art teacher, and an MA in Pacific Island Studies from the University of Hawaii. She has taught high school and middle school art in public schools on the island of Guam and arts workshops for museums and craft schools in Hawaii. During her years in Asia and the Pacific, she studied traditional Japanese pottery and learned a wide range of skills from traditional basket makers. Lynn and her husband, Arnold M. Graton, Jr., a historic restoration timber framer, live in a post and beam home they designed and built in Northfield, N.H. They devote most of their free time to sustainable farming.
November 25, 2013