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May 16, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Cassandra Erickson, Chief Grants Officer
State Arts Council Awards Project Grants to 15 Organizations
CONCORD, NH - At its May 15 th meeting, the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts voted unanimously to award $45,000.00 in project grants to fifteen New Hampshire organizations representing six counties. A six member panel of peer experts had reviewed the grant applications in April and yesterday the panel’s recommendations were presented to the Arts Council for approval. All of the grants require a minimum dollar for dollar match from earned or donated resources.
Applications were submitted in three categories; Organizational Support, Traditional Arts and Community Arts. Each category shares similar funding criteria in the areas of administrative capacity, clarity and feasibility of project plans, community support and engagement of New Hampshire artists. Additional, specific criteria characterize the three different categories. Organizational Support Projects focus on strengthening arts organizations through capacity building projects. Applicant arts organizations are evaluated on their stability and the relationship of the project to their long-range plans. Traditional Arts Projects seek to preserve the state’s living cultural heritage and increase public appreciation of authentic artistic traditions. Community Arts Projects encourage community participation in art making and building partnerships between arts and community organizations.
The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts was impressed by the range and quality of the projects. The State Arts Council expressed the hope that people in New Hampshire will support the artists involved in these projects and the state’s creative economy by attending or participating in one of the festivals or arts programs that have been awarded these public funds. The fifteen Project grants went to the following organizations:
Community Arts Projects
Arts in Reach: Encouraging Growth through the Arts, Dover; to support a six-week summer arts program for adolescent girls
Henniker San-Ramon, Henniker; to support a student created comic book about Henniker for a cultural exchange with a Nicaraguan sister community
Traditional Arts Projects
American Independence Museum, Exeter; to support the American Independence Festival including a traditional arts village
Canterbury Shaker Village, Canterbury; to support Harvest Day and Christmas celebrations with traditional crafts and music
Concord Community Music School, Concord; to support the 7th Annual Mandolin Festival
Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, Warner; to support “Roots of Tradition: 1200 Years of American Indian Cultural Expression”
Newmarket Main Street Corporation, Newmarket; to support the Newmarket Heritage Festival
Organizational Support Projects
Bach with Verse, state-wide; to present double bass virtuoso Richard Hartshorne’s “One Man Show” at four New Hampshire State Prisons
Capitol Center for the Arts, Concord; to support the pilot year of the Spotlight Café Series
Monadnock Music, Peterborough; to support three concerts: “Ancient Voices”, “Off the Beaten Path” and “Dreams and Prayers: Music of Devotion”
North Country Studio Workshops, Deerfield; to support intensive master classes, taught by nationally renowned faculty, for professional New Hampshire craftspeople
Saint Kiernan Community Center, Berlin; to support new rotating exhibits featuring works by local artists and artisans
Seacoast Repertory Theatre, Portsmouth; to support the performance of two plays by Shakespeare in area schools
Strathspey & Reel Society of NH, Concord; to update their website for on-line ticket sales and audience expansion
Yellow Taxi Productions, Nashua; to support the production of “The Beard of Avon”, a contemporary play about Shakespeare
The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts awards approximately 175 grants a year. It is funded by state appropriations and a major partnership grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Its mission is to promote the arts to protect and enrich the state’s unique quality of life.
May 16, 2008