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Program Services  
  Arts Education Program

Arts Education Coordinator: Julianne Gadoury, 603/271-0791

To ensure access to quality arts learning experiences for all NH students, Pre-Kindergarten to grade 12 in music, visual arts, theater, dance, creative writing, and media. The program supports the development of arts literacy and twenty-first century skills than enhance students' innate creativity, ability to make critical evaluations, and provide tools for broad and effective communication.

Programs, Grants, & Resources

Youth Arts Project Grants fund high-quality arts and cultural programs that encourage creativity, develop new arts skills and foster success for young people beyond the normal school day. The overall goal of this grant category is to afford all young people opportunities to engage in the arts so that they can develop creative problem solving skills, positive forms of personal expression, and become more engaged in their communities. Artist Residencies in Schools (AIR) grants fund artist residencies that bring juried teaching artists into classrooms and public schools to support creative learning and skills development in the arts. AIR grants funded by the State Arts Council are intended to show best practices for this work and can support residencies in a variety of arts disciplines. A roster of professional Teaching Artists in all disciplines who are experienced in their fields and make a strong personal commitment to working in an educational settings.
A website and network dedicated to advancing Arts Education in NH through spotlighting model projects, sharing professional development and resources, and connecting teaching artists and educators. An annual professional development and networking opportunity for educators, artists, parents, and school leaders, allowing them focused time and unique resources to explore ways in which the power of the arts can improve learning, build community, and increase skills within the arts.  Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation program that encourages the nation's youth to learn great poetry. Through depth of learning, memorization, and performance, the program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.
The State Council on the Arts sponsors workshops that bring people together to explore new ways to learn through the arts and support the professional development needs of educators and teaching artists. Recognizing that strategic policy and effective advocacy is built upon solid data, the State Arts Council entered into a partnership with the New Hampshire Department of Education (NHDOE) to conduct the first statewide survey to assess arts education in NH schools. The project was enhanced in 2010 by the addition of a third partner, the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire. The State Council on the Arts works in partnership with a variety of organizations, teachers' associations and the other New England state arts agencies to help meet the needs of New Hampshire students, teachers and teaching artists in educational settings.


  • Promote the concept of arts as basic to education.
  • Develop and strengthen programs in arts education.
  • Deepen understanding of and appreciation for the arts in schools and communities.
  • Assist in developing new strategies in sequential arts curriculum development, implementation, evaluation and assessment.
  • Cooperate with other arts education agencies and organizations through partnerships to better meet the arts needs of schools throughout the state.
  • Build support for arts education with educators, public policy makers, and the general public.
  • Provide opportunities for professional artists to work in educational and community contexts.
  • Provide opportunities for students, educators, parents, and other community members to enter into creative dialogue with professional artists and one another through the arts.
  • Support programming that both reflects the cultural richness and traditions of New Hampshire and draws from the diversity of cultures throughout the world.

As a catalyst, convener and communicator, the Arts Education program offers the following services:

  • Training workshops for artists, parents, teachers, and administrators.
  • Conferences: The annual Arts Education Conference is open to the public, and offers focused dialog among educators and artists around approaches to integrating the arts in education. Conference dates and registration details will be posted on the State Council on the Arts' website.
  • Site Visits: The AE Coordinator attends as many culminating events and artist residencies as time and weather permit.
  • Presentations: The AE Coordinator gives talks about the Arts Education Program, grant writing, and Arts Education resources (local, statewide, national) to faculty, school boards, PTO's, organizations, and anyone interested in the benefits of having strong arts programs in schools.
  • Planning, Consulting and Technical Assistance: Workshops and individual assistance are provided for developing artist residencies and preparing grant applications.
  • Arts Education Resources: The State Council on the Arts' Resource Library contains a wealth of materials, resources, and tools for advancing arts education.
  • Teaching Artists: The AE Coordinator designs and coordinates professional development, orientations, apprenticeships and other opportunities New England-wide.
  • The AE Coordinator assists schools and other applicants to design, develop, and implement quality AE grants projects.
  • The AE Coordinator works with local, statewide, regional, and national networks that support and advance arts education.


Last updated: May 25, 2017

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