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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 30, 2013

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

Catherine O’Brian, N.H. State Council on the Arts
(603) 271-0795
Catherine.R.Obrian@dcr.nh.gov

NOTE: Photos of speakers and presenters are available for print and broadcast.

N.H. Arts Education Conference Oct. 25 – 26; online registration open

Online registration is now open for the N.H. State Council on the Arts’ annual Arts Education Partnership Conference which will take place on October 25 and 26, 2013, at Camp Cody in Freedom, N.H. This year’s conference, “Exploring Creativity: Making Space for the Arts in Our Classrooms, Schools and Communities,” will focus on the important role that a comprehensive arts education plays in promoting high achievement and keeping students engaged and in school.

Educators, school administrators, teaching artists, arts specialists, parents and community arts leaders are invited to attend “Exploring Creativity” to learn new ways that schools and communities can provide quality arts education and programming that encourages creativity, innovation and critical thinking skills.

Conference workshops will include arts and Common Core standards, music for early childhood education, inclusion for special education students and national standards for arts education. Keynote speakers include master teaching artist, author and educator Eric Booth and 2013 New Hampshire Teacher of the Year Heidi Welch. A discussion about advocating for arts inclusion in education is scheduled for the Saturday lunch session and information about grants writing and funding opportunities will be available throughout the conference.

Additional conference highlights are workshops presented by White Mountain National Forest artists-in-residence Kyle Browne and John Anderson, and a participatory concert, dance and workshop with musicians Theo Martey, Deborah Stuart, Andrew Raeside and N.H. State Council on the Arts 2013 Fellowship recipient blues and jazz musician T.J. Wheeler.

Conference partners include the N.H. State Council on the Arts, the N.H. Department of Education, the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire, the N.H. Arts Learning Network, the Arts Collaborative of Meredith, the Extending the Dance Map initiative and the National Endowment for the Arts.

To learn more about “Exploring Creativity” and to register, visit www.nh.gov/nharts and click on the “2013 N.H. Statewide Arts Education Conference” link in the “What’s New?” section. Attendees may choose to register for the full two-day conference or for a one-day Friday or Saturday program option. Information about lodging at Camp Cody, as well as at several local establishments, is available on the website, as are rates for commuters attending both days of the conference.

The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts is a division of the New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources. It began in 1965 with legislation 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 for programs is provided through state appropriations, a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Conservation License Plate fund. Learn more about the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts at www.nh.gov/nharts.

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