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Shaping Our Heritage Exhibit- Celebrating Traditional Arts Apprenticeships in New Hampshire

Map Gallery, State Library, 20 Park St, Concord
June 11 to July 27, 2012 - 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

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The Shaping Our Heritage exhibit is an opportunity to learn more about the important craft, music, and dance traditions being preserved by talented artists in New Hampshire. The exhibit features artwork by master artists and apprentices and photographs of artists in their workshops and communities representing 16 years of Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grants.

Click here to listen to an NHPR segment on the exhibit!

Shaping Our HeritageShaping Our Heritage is a 96-page publication covering 16 years of Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grants. Color photographs and excerpts from interviews with artists cover a wide range of crafts, music and dance. Family recipes make the publication especially unique!
It is available at:

  • NH State Library Information Desk, Concord
  • NH History Museum Gift Shop, Concord
  • Gibsons Bookstore, Concord
  • Canterbury Shaker Village Gift Shop, Canterbury
  • MainStreet BookEnds of Warner

It is also available via mail order from the State Arts Council. Click here to download the PDF order form.

To learn more about Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grants, click here.

To view a compilation of artforms and artists funded through Traditional Arts Apprenticesip grants (1996 to 2012): PDF

Public Programs:

Lunch-time Craft Demonstrations at the Gallery:
Visitors were invited to spend their lunch hour at the exhibit and learn more about traditional crafts, 11 am to 2 pm

June 13, 2012: Western Abenaki Basket Making - Sherry & Bill Gould
June 20, 2012: Decoy Carving - Fred & Brendan Dolan
June 27, 2012: Fly Tying - Bob Wyatt & Larry Antonuk
July 11, 2012: Rug Hooking - Ann Winterling & Julie Robinson
July 18, 2012: Decorative Painting -Beverly Nemetz & Russian Icons-Marina Nazarova Forbes

Two traditional music concerts were held on July 22, 2012 & July 29, 2012 - 2 - 4 pm at the Concord Community Music School, 23 Wall St, Concord, NH. It was a great opportunity to hear musicians from around the state.

Click here for a press release on the concerts!

July 29 - Our Celtic Heritage
The Webster Family
Skip Gorman
Regina Delaney
Sarah Bauhan
Sylvia Miskoe

Click here for photos of the July 29 concert sent to us by Evelyn Roberts.

Shaping Our Heritage Traditional Arts Conference:
A one-day conference was held on June 9, 2012 - 8:30 am to 4:45 pm
at the McLane Center, NH Audubon Society, 84 Silk Farm Rd, Concord

The conference was directed to the interests and needs of traditional crafts people, musicians and dancers. It was a wonderful opportunity for artists involved with heritage preservation to share information and ideas.  There was no charge for admission and a complementary lunch was provided.

Click here for the conference schedule.
Click here for photos of the conference taken by photographer Steve Booth.

Project Credits:

The 2012 Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Gathering was a project of the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts supported by a Traditional Arts grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and private donors including Colin and Paula Cabot of Sanborn Mills Farm in Loudon, NH and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation on behalf of the Putnam Foundation. Generous assistance is also provided by the Common Man Family of Restaurants, Concord Camera, Concord Courtyard by Marriott, Kimball Jenkins School of Art, Rowland Studio and the NH Institute of Art.

For more information on traditional arts & folklife in New Hampshire geared for educators, students and families, visit the NH Folklife website:

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Last updated: February 25, 2015

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