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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 22, 2012

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

Register now for the Arts, Culture and the Law Conference 2012

Registration is now open for the Arts, Culture and the Law Conference 2012. The all-day event, which addresses legal issues in the arts and culture communities, will take place June 28 at the UNH School of Law in Concord.

This is the second year for the Conference. In 2011, more than 150 legal, arts and cultural professionals participated, calling it “One of the best [conferences] I have attended in New England” and “an incredible day.” Another attendee noted that “the expertise assembled was fantastic.”

Members of the Arts and Culture industry – businesses large and small (including individuals), not-for-profits, municipal organizations and others – often need a more solid understanding of key legal issues. Finding appropriate resources for this vital information can be challenging. As a result, many delay action until it’s too late.

The Arts, Culture and the Law Conference 2012 brings together individuals from both the legal and Arts / Culture communities to discuss these issues. Throughout the day, blocks of 60- and 90-minute panel discussions addressing pertinent topics will take place; representatives from the legal and Arts / Culture industries will lead these panels. Sessions will begin with five-minute presentations, with questions from attendees making up the balance of the content. At lunch, attendees may participate in a variety of table topic discussions.

John T. Broderick, Jr., dean of the UNH School of Law, and Michael Delaney, New Hampshire attorney general, are scheduled to address the Conference.

Cost for the Arts, Culture and the Law Conference 2012 is $50 and includes lunch and both morning and afternoon refreshments. Scholarships are available.

Attorneys, paralegals, law students, studio and performing artists, librarians, historical society members, not-for profit organizations, filmmakers, board members at cultural organizations and others in both the legal and arts and cultural communities are encouraged to attend. The process for obtaining CLE ethics credits for attending and presenting attorneys is underway.

Organizing partners for the Arts, Culture and the Law Conference 2012 include the New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources, New Hampshire Department of Justice, UNH School of Law, New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits and the New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts. The Conference has received generous support from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation; sponsorship opportunities are available.

“Cultural workers and organizations continue to be an important sector of New Hampshire’s economy, and understanding how legal issues affect what they do is a vital part of sustaining our state’s creative industries,” said Van McLeod, commissioner of the Department of Cultural Resources. “We are pleased to work with so many key partners to offer this critical resource again this year.”

For more information about the Arts, Culture and the Law Conference 2012, visit www.nh.gov/nhculture.

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 Commission on Native American Affairs. 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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