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From January 22, 2010

At the National Endowment for the Arts

Landesman Announces Initiative on City Design
National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman has announced the NEA’s Mayors' Institute on City Design 25th Anniversary Initiative. This funding program builds on the accomplishments of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design (MICD) over its 25-year history and reflects the program’s tenets of transforming communities through design. The NEA anticipates awarding up to 15 grants ranging from $25,000 to $250,000 to cities that have participated in the MICD. In New Hampshire, the eligible cities are Concord, Franklin, Manchester and Nashua. The funds are slated for showcasing and celebrating the goals of the MICD. Guidelines and application materials are available at For more information on the MICD, visit

In New Hampshire

Lifetime Fellow’s Studio Destroyed in Fire
The New Boston, N.H. studio of Jon Brooks, a State Arts Council Lifetime Fellow, burned in an early morning fire on January 18. Brooks lost his studio and all of its contents, including tools, wood he’s collected over 40 years to use in his furniture and sculptures, and works in progress. For information on sending donations to help Brooks and his wife, Jami Boyle, rebuild, visit his web site at

Spotlight on Grantee Events

Educational Theater Collaborative's Arts Education Conference
The Fifteenth Annual Integrated Arts Conference, sponsored by the Educational Theater Collaborative at Plymouth State University, will take place on Saturday, January 30, 2010, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Silver Center for the Arts at Plymouth State. The event offers professional development and continuing education workshops. Arts educators and artists learn how to integrate visual art, music, drama and writing into their curriculum, based on the theme of this year’s production, Godspell. It will feature a keynote address by Master Teaching Artist Nancy Meyer, a performance by Green Tiger, the Educational Theatre Collaborative’s production of Godspell, and two sessions of workshops. The cost is $125. For more information or to register by phone, call Deb Stalnaker at (603) 535-2933. For complete details, visit

An Adaptation of Sarah Orne Jewett
Pontine Theatre presents its original stage adaptation of Sarah Orne Jewett’s 1896 masterpiece, The Country of the Pointed Firs, January 29 through February 7, 2010. The production is underwritten by Piscataqua Savings Bank and supported by grants from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.  Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. In addition there is a Saturday matinee on January 30 at 4 p.m..  Pontine’s West End Studio Theatre is located at 959 Islington Street, Portsmouth. N.H. Tickets are $23 ($20 for seniors and students), and may be purchased online at  For information contact Pontine at or 603-436-6660. 



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