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Creative Solutions: A look at the economic impact of NH’s cultural nonprofits, featuring guest speaker AFTA's Randy Cohen

March 13, 2013 - 1 to 3:30 pm in Concord

An afternoon to learn the results of New Hampshire's statewide participation in the Arts and Economic Prosperity IV survey and how the arts help to build and sustain prosperous and livable communities.

The program featured a number of prominent forces in arts policy including NEA Council Member Paul Hodes and our guest speaker Americans for the Arts' Randy Cohen, one of the country's leading researchers and most engaging speakers on arts and the economy. Randy's presentation was followed by a panel responding from various points of view on the power of the arts to transform communities.

The last part of the afternoon invited attendees to break up into round table discussions that will help inform the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts' new strategic plan.

Community & business leaders, city planners, culture & tourism providers, arts administrators, arts & cultural organizations, artists, patrons, and other interested supporters of the arts are all welcome.


March 13, 2013 1:00- 3:30 PM
Governor's Hall, Capitol Center for the Arts
44 South Main Street
Concord, NH
Click here for directions & parking information


1:00-1:30 - Sign In & Networking

  • Music provided by "The Next Generation" fiddlers Katie & Sam Allman, Fiona Shea & Audrey Budington

1:30-3:00 - Special Presentations

  • Opening remarks: Paul Hodes, presidential appointment to the National Council of the National Endowment for the Arts & former Congressman
  • Featured speaker: Randy Cohen, Vice President Research & Policy, Americans for the Arts
  • Guest panel responders: Chistine Dwyer, Principal, RMC Rearch; Christopher Williams, CEO, Nashua Chamber of Commerce; & Katherine Merrow, Vice President of Programs, NH Charitable Foundation;

3:00-3:30 pm - Round table discussions

Click here for a flyer on the March 13 event to share with colleagues and friends! (PDF)

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About Arts & Economic Prosperity IV:

In 2010 & 2011, the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts entered into a partnership with Americans for the Arts (AFTA) to conduct a survey to measure the economic impact of the nonprofit arts and culture sector in New Hampshire. Americans for the Arts has conducted similar economic impact studies in more than 250 communities nationwide.

Titled Arts & Economic Prosperity IV, the survey documented the economic activity of nonprofit culture and arts organizations and the amount spent by audiences. New Hampshire's statewide participation in the survey was made possible through the generosity of the Putnam Foundation and the assistance of the New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts.

Click here for more information on New Hampshire's statewide survey results.

Randy Cohen is Vice President of Research and Policy for Americans for the Arts, the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education. A member of the staff since 1991, Randy stands out as one of the most noted experts in the field of arts funding, research, policy, and utilizing the arts to address community development issues.


Last updated: March 14, 2013

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