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From February 12, 2010

At the State Arts Council

More Grant Guidelines Posted
Guidelines for Fiscal 2011 New Hampshire State Council on the Arts grants in 10 categories are now posted on our web site, The list includes one new category, General Project Grants, that consolidates several earlier grant programs. The new configuration, developed in response to the Arts Council’s reduced resources and the needs of the community, incorporates several earlier grant programs for organizations. Applicants who formerly sought funding from the following grant categories are urged to seek funding under this new General Project Grant: Organizational Support Project grants, Community Arts grants, Mini grants, ArtLinks, and American Masterpieces: N.H. Inspirations.

Grant seekers will also note that, for Fiscal 2011 only, in-kind contributions may be applied toward up to one-half of the required 1-1 match.

For a deadline chart and links to the grant guidelines that are now available, visit

For information on the new General Project Grants, visit

At the National Endowment for the Arts

Submit Proposals for Logo Contest
Here’s an opportunity to be commissioned to create a logo for use with a National Endowment for the Arts program. The NEA is seeking proposals for a new Art Works logo; the Request For Proposals form is available at

When used by NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman, the phrase “art works” has three meanings: “art works” are the plays, paintings, dances, films and the other works of art that are the creation of artists; “art works” describes the effect of art on audiences and viewers, art works to transport, transform, inspire, and challenge us; and “art works” is a reminder that arts workers are real workers with real jobs who are part of this country’s real economy. The proposed logos should incorporate all three of the meanings of “Art Works” and tie them to the NEA in such a way that the proposed logo might be used alone or in conjunction with the NEA’s current logo. Complete information about the RFP requirements and instructions for submitting may be found at Proposals are due by 5 p.m. Friday, February, 26, 2010. For information, contact Latonca Harris at or (202) 682-5476.

Upcoming Deadlines

Apply for NEST Grant by March 1
March 1, 2010 is the next deadline for the New England Foundation for the Arts’

New England States Touring (NEST) grant program. NEST provides support to nonprofit organizations based in New England for performances and activities by select New England performing artists from outside of the presenter’s home state. NEST artists are performing artists from New England who meet the NEST Artist Requirements on They represent a wide range of disciplines, such as chamber music, contemporary dance, opera, spoken word, puppet theater, and storytelling. There are currently over 300 artists eligible for NEST and any New England performing artist who meets the NEST Artist Requirements can become eligible. For more information on NEST, visit

Conservation License Plate Grant Deadline: March 31
The deadline to apply for Conservation License Plate grants (also called “Moose Plate” grants) through the N.H. Department of Cultural Resources is March 31, 2010. The N.H. Department of Cultural Resources operates separate Moose Plate grant programs through its three divisions, the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources, the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, and the New Hampshire State Library.

Each grant program has its own specific requirements; all focus on awarding grants to projects that involve restoration, preservation, and/or conservation of publicly owned items significant to New Hampshire’s cultural heritage. All funds raised through the purchase of Conservation License Plates are used for the promotion and protection of, and investment in, New Hampshire’s natural, cultural, and historic resources. Visit for more information about the N.H. Department of Cultural Resources’ Conservation License Plate grant programs and all other grants managed by the Department.

Spotlight on Grantee Events

Henniker San Ramon
The Henniker-San Ramón Sister Community Project, supported in part by a grant from the N.H. State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, will host “A Mid-Winter Comics Journey to San Ramón” tonight, February 12, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Henniker Community Center. The event will feature a gallery of artwork by students in both Henniker and San Ramón, Nicaragua, as well as a reading of “Nicaragua: Comics Travel Journal” by Marek Bennett, who coordinates the Henniker-San Ramón comics exchange program. Bennett, a comics artist, conducts residencies with students in the two communities, who then exchange their comics to share what life in their towns is like. For more information, visit


Arts News of Interest in New Hampshire

Portsmouth Students Turn Trash Into Art:

Now You Know: New Deal-Era Paintings at Concord Library:

In Transition: Full house for forum on the future of Kimball Jenkins Estate:



Last updated: February 12, 2010

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