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Program Services  
  Across Programs: Artist Services

Promote the success, visibility, and value of the state’s individual artists.  In doing this, the State Arts Council acknowledges and assists individual artists so that they can realize their potential and contribute more effectively to the creative economy.


  • Supply information and training to facilitate the artistic and business success of New Hampshire’s artists.
  • Expand opportunities for artists to create and share their work and skills.
  • Provide a strategic and responsive portfolio of grants designed to support the needs of New Hampshire artists.
  • Emphasize the importance of valuing and compensating artists for their work.
  • Recognize and celebrate the achievements of New Hampshire artists.

This Program Serves
Individual artists in all disciplines.

Public Art (Acquisitions through the Percent for Art Program)
The Percent for Art Program was enacted by the New Hampshire State Legislature in 1979 through RSA 19-A:9, and authorizes half of one percent of the capitol budget appropriation for new buildings or significant renovations to be set aside in a non-lapsing account for the acquisition or commissioning of artwork. The Percent for Art Program is dedicated to aesthetically enriching our state-funded buildings, enhancing the effectiveness of the services provided in state buildings through the art that is displayed there and making the arts more available to all citizens.

For current Requests for Proposals (RFPs), check the “What’s New” box on our home page or click here.

Percent for Art acquisitions become part of the State Art Collection. The collection represents the variety and richness of New Hampshire arts and the collection is an important repository for New Hampshire.

Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grants – Grants to assist in the preservation of traditional/heritage-based arts (crafts, dance and music) by funding a master traditional artist to teach an experienced apprentice in one-to-one sessions.

Program Services

Artist Entrepreneurial Workshops – Workshops designed to help artists identify resources and improve their business skills.

NH Arts in Education Artist Roster - A resource for local presenters, schools, libraries, community organizations, municipalities, civic organizations, businesses and nonprofit agencies. These groups access the Roster to identify artists for community and school residencies, performances, exhibitions, workshops, teacher training, community projects, master classes and lecture-demonstrations. The Roster also helps to increase employment opportunities for professional New Hampshire artists.

Arts in Health Artist Directory -  Contains information on experienced professional artists who are available for artist in residency programs offered in health care institutions.

Traditional Arts & Folklife Listing -  Contains information on traditional artists who are available for presentations, demonstrations, performances, and workshops on various aspects of traditional arts and culture.

Traditional Music Collection - Promotes recordings of traditional music made by New Hampshire musicians. This searchable database is part of the New Hampshire Folklife website. Recordings can be sorted by a variety of musical traditions, by the title of the recording, or by the artist's or group’s name. Each entry provides information on how to contact the group, artist, or their representative directly to order a copy of the recording.

CreativeGround -  A project of our regional partner the New England Foundation for the Arts, this online directory includes profiles for cultural nonprofits like libraries and theaters, creative businesses like recording studios and design agencies, and artists of all disciplines such as performing arts, visual arts, and crafts. This directory is not juried so any artist can register.

The State Arts Council acknowledges achievements of artists through several categories of the Governors Arts Awards. We also work in collaboration with the Governors Office to designate artist and poet laureates.  Click here to learn about State award programs and public presentations.

News & Networking:
The State Arts Council's e-news service brings breaking news on the arts, artist opportunities, notices on grant deadlines, and information on upcoming arts events right to your email inbox! To subscribe to e-news, click here.

Resources & Technical Assistance:
State Arts Council staff can refer artists to resources and help them make connections.  Click here for staff contact information.

Click here for links to state and national resources for artists.

There are a number of NH State laws that pertain to artists.  Click here for the Art Laws section of our website.

Artists are an important part of our "creative economy".  Statistics on the impact of our creative sector are compiled by a variety of organizations. Visit these websites:

NH Artist Archives:
The NH Artist Archives is a joint project between the State Arts Council and the New Hampshire State Library, that seeks to collect, preserve, index and provide access for researchers to the history of the arts in New Hampshire. Among the materials deposited at the NH Artist Archives are the papers and a collection of prints by the late Herbert Waters (1903-1996).

Last Updated: February 11, 2015

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