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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 26, 2010

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

“Culture Cares” website service extended

Due to overwhelming response the New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources’ “Culture Cares” website, which promotes community service projects undertaken by NH’s cultural organizations, will continue throughout 2010.

The “Culture Cares” website allows 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.

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 each year by New Hampshire’s many cultural organizations.

“The creativity and compassion that New Hampshire’s cultural organizations showed through their community service projects during the holidays was inspiring,” said Van McLeod, commissioner of the Department of Cultural Resources. “We received such great feedback about ‘Culture Cares,’ both from the public and the organizations themselves, that we’re going to extend the service for the foreseeable future.”

“The need to assist people in our communities—and beyond—continues year round, and New Hampshire’s cultural organizations have always been great at finding ways to help those in need.”

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” in the right-hand box.

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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