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From May 7, 2010
At the State Arts Council
Arts Council to Head Up N.H.’s Education Leaders Institute
The N.H. State Council on the Arts was recently selected by the National Endowment for the Arts to receive support for a team of New Hampshire leaders in arts, education, and media literacy to attend the 2010 National Education Leaders Institute in Chicago Illinois this July.
The Institute convenes state teams of policymakers, educators, advocates, and artists to discuss a pivotal arts education challenge in their state, to create strategies that strengthen their state’s arts education policies, and to design public education with arts at the core. Nineteen states applied to be a part of the program this year; in addition to New Hampshire, Illinois, Ohio, Oregon, and Washington will participate this year.
“It is a real honor to have our team be selected for this opportunity,” commented Acting Director Lynn Martin Graton. “They identified the challenge of the digital learner and the connection with the arts for their focus. We are confident this group will come up with meaningful results that can make a difference in our schools.”
The New Hampshire team will be: Fred Bramante, member of the N.H. State Board of Education; Jerry Frew, superintendent for the Kearsarge Regional School District and immediate past president of the N.H. School Administrators Association; Marcia McCaffrey, arts consultant, Bureau of Accountability for the N.H. Department of Education; Vanessa Vartabedian, community manager for New Media Literacies, a MacArthur Foundation project out of the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism; Van McLeod, commissioner of the N.H. Department of Cultural Resources; Catherine O’Brian, Arts in Education coordinator for the State Arts Council, is team leader. NEA funds pay for the Institute and for all travel expenses.
At the Department of Cultural Resources
N.H. Film Office Presents 2010 High School Short Film Festival
High school filmmakers from around the state will showcase their works on the silver screen this spring when the New Hampshire Film & Television Office presents its third annual New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival. The festival gets under way at noon on Saturday, May 15, at New Hampshire Technical Institute's Sweeney Hall Auditorium.
Thirty-two short films, from documentaries and dramas to comedies and experimental pieces, are slated to screen throughout the afternoon. Five films will receive honors and the top two films will be shown before public audiences at this year's New Hampshire Film Festival in Portsmouth, broadcast on New Hampshire Public Television, and screened prior to a feature film at Red River Theatres this summer. The festival is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.nhstudentfilm.com.
Around the State
NEFA Holding Grant Workshop in Concord, N.H.
Performing artists and cultural organizations and presenters (including schools, libraries and community groups) are invited to learn more about the New England Foundation for the Arts' Presenting and Touring Programs at a free grant workshop from 3:30-5pm May 12 at Red River Theatres, South Main Street, Concord. What does NEST stand for? Do I qualify for any NEFA grants? What is MatchBook.org? Learn the answers to these questions and much more at the workshop. Preregistration is requested; e-mail Adrienne at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit http://www.nefa.org/calendar/2010-05.
William D. Pardus, professor emeritus of music at Keene State College, was invited to speak at the April Music Department convocation of his alma mater, the University of Connecticut. He talked on “From the Classroom to the Business of Music.”
Arts News of Interest in New Hampshire
NECN Takes a One-Tank Trip to the Monadnock Region
The California press reports on N.H.’s Richard “Dobbs” Hartshorne
May 6, 2010