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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 12, 2009

Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
(603) 271-3136
shelly.angers@dcr.nh.gov

“Culture Cares” promotes community service projects statewide

The New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources is pleased to announce “Culture Cares,” a program that uses a centralized website to promote community service projects undertaken by cultural organizations across the state.

New Hampshire’s libraries, museums, historical societies, arts groups, theaters, movie houses and other cultural organizations have a long tradition of creating programming that contributes to and raises awareness of community groups in need. Organizing drives for food, toys, books and art supplies, reading to patients, raising funds for first responders and offering reduced tickets to student groups are all examples of the kinds of programming sponsored by New Hampshire’s many cultural organizations each year.

The “Culture Cares” website serves as a centralized place for organizations to promote their community service projects, raise awareness of groups in need and inspire others to give back, both by participating in existing projects and by creating new ones.

“In these extraordinarily challenging times, it’s more important than ever that we all work together to help those in need,” said Van McLeod, commissioner of the Department of Cultural Resources. “New Hampshire’s cultural organizations have always been keenly aware of how important it is to support their communities, and we’re pleased that ‘Culture Cares’ can help them in their good work.”

Cultural organizations from across New Hampshire are invited to submit their community service project information to the Department of Cultural Resources for posting on the “Culture Cares” website. They may also use the “Culture Cares” logo to help identify their project with the statewide program.  For more information, visit www.nh.gov/nhculture and click on “Culture Cares.”

New Hampshire’s Department of Cultural Resources includes the State Council on the Arts, the Film and Television Office, the Division of Historical Resources, the State Library and the American Canadian French Cultural Exchange Commission. The Department strives to nurture the cultural well-being of our state. From the covered bridges and traditional music of our past to the avant-garde performances and technological resources of today and tomorrow, New Hampshire’s culture is as varied as its geography and its people. This strong cultural base—which truly has something for everyone—attracts businesses looking for engaged workforces, provides outstanding educational opportunities and creates communities worth living in. Learn more at www.nh.gov/nhculture/.

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