Lynn Martin Graton, Acting Director & Traditional Arts Coordinator
Lynn Martin Graton became Acting Director of the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts in October 2009. She has been with the Council since 1998, serving as Traditional Arts Coordinator.
While at the Council, Lynn has worn many hats including serving as the New Hampshire curator for the state’s participation in the 1999 Smithsonian Folklife Festival and the in-state re-creation in 2000. She has overseen the Collections Management team, served for a time as the agency's Pearl database administrator, and launched the New Hampshire Folklife web site, in addition to administering New Hampshire’s Traditional Arts program.
Lynn has 29 years of experience in arts administration and has served on a number of NEA grant review panels for Folk Arts infrastructure and the National Heritage Fellowships. Before coming to New Hampshire she 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 the 1989 Hawaii state program at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the restaging in Hawaii, coordinating a delegation of Hawaiian tradition bearers to an international arts festival in Tahiti, and produced major exhibitions, publications and 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. During her years in the Asia and the Pacific, she studied pottery and learned a wide range of skills from traditional coconut basket makers. Lynn and her husband, Arnold M. Graton, Jr., a historic restoration timber framer, live in a timber framed home they designed and built in 2008. They devote most of their free time to sustainable farming on their property in Northfield, N.H.