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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 2, 2013

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

New Teaching Artists Join the N.H. State Arts Council’s Juried Roster

The N.H. State Council on the Arts is pleased to announce that eight new teaching artists from across the state, who represent a wide range of disciplines and cultures, have been added to its Arts Education Roster.

The Roster is a resource of talented professional artists who bring new ideas, skills, energy and creativity to schools and communities. To be named to the Roster, artists are juried by certified arts educators who judge the quality of their work, professional commitment and experience working in educational settings.

Arts education and arts activities contribute greatly to the lifestyle and economic well-being that makes New Hampshire a vital place to live and work.

New roster artists are:

“Big Paws,” folk ensemble, Henniker: Presents original songs, traditional dance tunes, ballads and music from a variety of American and Eastern European traditions: www.reverbnation.com/bigpaws.

Simon Brooks, storyteller, New London: Provides storytelling education and performances ranging from single to multiple shows, as well as full-day and multi-day residencies: www.diamondscree.com.

Katherine Ferrier, dancer/choreographer, Bethlehem: Teaches dance, art and writing. Residencies include: “Moving the Intelligent Body,” an introduction to movement improvisation and “Embodied Stories,” which uses dance and writing as primary modes of research and expression.

Mike Gibbons, potter, Derry: Teaches the basic hand-building and wheel-throwing techniques of working with clay. A juried member of The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, Gibbons is a former public school teacher with more than 15 years experience in educating students of all ages and abilities: www.nutfieldpottery.com.

Kathy Parsonnet, visual artist, White River Junction, Vt.: Teaches painting through a collaborative learning process that includes art-making and project design: www.fragletsart.com.

Katie Poor, photographer/media artist, Nashua: Teaches photographic and media arts programs designed especially for elementary art programs: www.katiepoor.com.

Kirsten Reynolds, installation artist, Newmarket: Uses sculpture and printmaking to explore the connections between architecture and language: www.kirstenreynolds.com.

Hunt & Smith, folk ensemble, Hancock: Presents traditional American song and dance for educational programs and concerts: www.huntandallison.net.

For artist contact information, fees and program details visit: http://www.nh.gov/nharts/artsandartists/roster/rosterindex.htm.

State Arts Council grant funds help to bring teaching artists into educational settings to provide arts learning experiences and to develop skills in imagination, creativity and innovation. To learn more about grants and application process for artists, visit: www.nh.gov/nharts.

A skills guide that describes teaching artists’ abilities and knowledge is available from the New England Consortium of Artist-Educator Professionals www.artisteducators.org/skills_guide.htm.

To learn more about Arts Education Programs at the N.H. State Council on the Arts, contact Catherine O’Brian, (603) 271-0795 or catherine.r.obrian@dcr.nh.gov.

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