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Individual Artists

Arts in Health Care Artist Directory Application Guidelines
Deadline: May 23, 2014

Coordinator: Catherine O'Brian
(603) 271-0795

The State Arts Council’s Arts in Health Care initiative encourages health care providers to bring experienced professional* New Hampshire artists into their facilities or centers to enhance the quality of life and promote an environment conducive to healing  for patients, residents, and/or clients.  Arts in Health Care Project Grants are designed especially to support this work.  Health care providers may also seek assistance through General Project Grants, a more general category that includes meeting the needs of underserved populations (people with restricted access to the arts including geography, income, age, and disability or health challenges).

The Arts in Health Care Artist Directory is a resource for health care providers looking for artists who are experienced and skilled in working in a variety of health care facilities.  Performing, literary, media and visual artists are eligible to apply.

To be considered for the Arts in Health Care (AIH) Directory, artists must:

  • Have the skills and experience needed to plan and present effective and relevant arts programs in and for health care facilities.
  • Have the ability to communicate effectively and diplomatically with health care staff and people of all ages, including those who are undergoing medical care.

*Note: Professional artists are those who devote the majority of their time to performing, creating and/or teaching an arts discipline and who receive payment for their work in that discipline.

Who May Apply?
Professional New Hampshire artists who have the following:

  • Legal residency in the state of New Hampshire prior to application*;
  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • Documentation of at least 30 hours of experience and/or training in carrying out arts programs within a health care setting (hospital, nursing home or other health care facility).

Artists groups or ensembles may apply to be included on the directory; however artists must specify the individual/s who will be available for AIH work and that person must be a NH resident.

*NOTE: If the Council determines that a particular arts discipline is not fully represented in this directory, professional artists experienced in offering these types of programs in health care environments residing in other New England states may be eligible to be listed in this directory.

Application Review Process
Applying for inclusion on the AIH Directory is a two-step process.

Step 1: Each artist’s application and work sample is first reviewed by staff for artistic excellence and completeness. If there is not sufficient staff expertise to review the work sample in-house, an independent reviewer may be contacted to evaluate the work sample.

Step 2: If the application receives a favorable review for artistic excellence and completeness, it will then be reviewed by an Arts in Health Care Project Grant panel composed of experienced health care artists, site coordinators and facility administrators.  If favorably reviewed by the panel, a recommendation for inclusion on the AIH Directory is forwarded to the State Arts Councilors for final approval.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Artistic excellence, quality of work (based on artistic work samples and resume);
  • Ability to enhance the quality of life and promote an environment conducive to healing for patients, residents, and/or clients; 
  • Ability to carry out multi-day arts programs/residencies that may include staff training sessions;
  • Ability to communicate effectively and build rapport with staff and patients, residents, and/or clients;
  • Professional presentation as demonstrated in promotional materials, website, business cards, etc.; and
  • Relevant experience in health care facilities or agencies/centers serving people with health challenges, who are elderly and/or have disabilities.

How to Apply
Applicants are encouraged to contact the coordinator whose name appears above prior to applying to confirm eligibility and discuss their application.

1. Complete the Arts in Health Care Artist Directory Application Form: MSWord / PDF 
2. Answer Narrative Questions: MSWord / PDF
3. Complete the Disclosure Form: MSWord / PDF
4. Download Recommendations Forms and have them completed by three individuals who have observed and are familiar with your work as a health care artist: MSWord / PDF

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5. Submit a current resume, that includes recent and past education and background related to artistic experience and accomplishments (limit 2 pages).
6. Include promotional materials about you and your work (2-3 pieces).
7. Prepare and include work samples that clearly show the quality and breadth of your work.  See Preparation of Work Samples for instructions on preparing work samples/support materials. Support materials should represent work completed within the last five years.  Electronic reproductions of all work samples should be of the highest quality possible. Do not submit originals.
8. Include a stamped self-addressed envelope or other mailing parcel if you want your materials returned.
9.  Make a copy of your application for your own records.

How to Submit Your Application
1. Submit original and 5 copies (a total of 6 sets) of each of the following in this order:

  • Completed application form
  • Narrative questions
  • Resume (2 pages)
  • Related promotional materials about your work (2-3 pieces)

2. Attach to the original signed application one copy of the following & label this packet “Original”:

  • Recommendation Forms in sealed envelopes
  • Completed Disclosure Form
  • Support materials of your work with a self-created support material sheet
  • Optional:  Up to three letters of support 

3. The 6 individual packets and support materials must be postmarked or hand delivered to the NH State Council on the Arts office at 19 Pillsbury Street, Concord by 4:30 p.m. on the deadline date noted above. Office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The office is closed all state and most federal holidays. Late applications will not be accepted. The Council cannot accept applications transmitted by facsimile (FAX) or email. It is not responsible for applications lost in transit.

Important Note: The  State Arts Council cannot be responsible for duplicating, separating or collating application materials.

Applicants will be notified of their status within four to six months of receipt of their application.

Artists approved for inclusion on the Arts in Health Care Artist Directory will be asked to submit proof of residency, a photograph and a completed directory listing form. Guidelines regarding photo specifications and word count for the text will be provided.

Once accepted to the AIH Directory, artists are expected to:
1. Respond to update requests sent out every other year.
2. Receive satisfactory evaluations for projects funded by the State Arts Council. If evaluations from organizations are continually marginal or unsatisfactory, the State Arts Council reserves the right to suspend membership in the AIH Directory.
3. Have a schedule that allows the artist to be reasonably available to health care facilities and other agencies or organizations.

Important Note: The State Arts Council reserves the right to re-evaluate an artist’s acceptance onto the AIH Directory at any time and suspend membership if complaints are received from facilities about an artist’s performance or service.  If directory membership is suspended, an artist must re-apply to be reinstated. 





Last updated: April 15, 2014

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