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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 10, 2010

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

N.H. cultural organizations awarded national funding

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has announced that four New Hampshire arts organizations will receive Fiscal Year 2010 grant funding through two of its grant categories, Access to Artistic Excellence and American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius.

Access to Artistic Excellence encourages and supports artistic creativity, preserves cultural heritage, and makes the arts more widely available in communities throughout the country. The Arts Endowment recognizes that many of the most effective projects encompass both artistic excellence and enhanced access. Particularly relevant at this time are projects that demonstrate innovation by generating new forms of art making, new directions in the field, and/or innovative uses of creative resources.

New Hampshire awardees in this category are:

Dartmouth College (on behalf of the Hopkins Center), Hanover will receive $50,000 to support the Visiting Performing Artist Series at the Hopkins Center. Residencies will feature presentations of new and existing works by theatre artists, dance companies, choreographers, and musicians from around the world.

New Hampshire Historical Society, Concord will receive $20,000 to support the Fine Arts Collection Documentation and Access Project. The project will document, catalogue, and digitize selected objects from the Society’s fine arts collection for use in a searchable online database.

New Hampshire Mime Company (aka Pontine Theatre), Portsmouth will receive $12,000 to support Pontine Theatre’s Regional Touring Program. The project will provide performances and educational programs to the general public, schools, colleges, and senior care centers around New England.

Through the category of American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius, the NEA seeks to acquaint Americans with the best of their cultural and artistic legacy. This initiative supports the extraordinary and rich contributions that presenting organizations make in American communities. One organization will receive funds directly from the NEA in this category: 

Monadnock Music, Peterborough will receive $20,000 to support “Made in America: American Spiritual and the Sound of Wild Imagining” thematic chamber concert programs. American chamber music will be presented in festival performances and educational activities at the Peterborough Town House.

“These four grants acknowledge, at the national level, the outstanding work being done by our arts organizations in New Hampshire,” said Lynn Graton, acting director for the N.H. State Council on the Arts. “Each of these organizations has exhibited extraordinary programmatic excellence and grantsmanship.”

“A thriving arts sector brings with it economic and cultural vitality that helps drive community sustainability,” said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. “These grants help sustain art work and keep it working for the organization, its community, and the nation.”

The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts is a publicly funded agency within New Hampshire's Department of Cultural Resources. It began in 1965 with the passage of a law designed “to insure that the role of the arts in the life of our communities will continue to grow and play an ever more significant part in the education and welfare of our citizens.” Funding comes from state appropriations and from the National Endowment for the Arts. Learn more about the N.H. State Council on the Arts at www.nh.gov/nharts.

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