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June 18, 2010

At the N.H. State Council on the Arts

Reminder: Please Take Our Survey! 

If you’ve already taken our 10-minute survey, thank you! If not, please take it now. The State Arts Council will be revising our strategic plan this summer, mapping out a direction for the next three years. Our plan will address the current needs of the community and align with the resources of the agency. The voices of the arts community will help guide us. We invite responses to two surveys: one geared to the interests and needs of organizations and the other to individual artists. We are collecting this data to inform our strategic plan as part of our funding application to the National Endowment for the Arts. If you haven’t done so yet, please visit our web site now and give us your thoughts. The staff and councilors of the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts thank you!

Additional Arts in Education Roster Deadline Added 

The State Arts Council is offering an additional opportunity for artists to apply to be listed on the Arts in Education Artist Roster. Applications must be postmarked or delivered to the State Arts Council offices by Friday, September 3, 2010. Information and application materials can be found here:

At the Department of Cultural Resources 

A Reminder: Kennedy Center Symposium

Michael M. Kaiser, president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, will visit Concord, N.H., on June 24 as part of Arts in Crisis: A Kennedy Center Initiative, an arts management symposium. Kaiser will address the challenges facing not-for-profit performing arts organizations in such areas as fundraising, building more effective boards of trustees, budgeting, and marketing.

The symposium takes place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Capitol Center for the Arts, which is serving as host for the event along with Arts Presenters of Northern New England (APNNE) and the New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources, which houses the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. Tickets are free and can be reserved online at or by calling the Capitol Center box office at (603) 225-1111. APNNE will host a continental breakfast reception beginning at 9:15 a.m. for all ticket holders. For more details about the Concord event, visit For information on Arts in Crisis: A Kennedy Center Initiative, visit

At the National Endowment for the Arts

Another Blue Star Museum in New Hampshire

The New Hampshire Telephone Museum in Warner has joined the list of the N.H. museums participating in Blue Star Museums, a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the military family support network Blue Star Families. Blue Star Museums offer free admission to active duty military-including active duty Reserve and active duty National Guard-and their immediate family members. The program runs from Memorial Day, May 31, through Labor Day, September 6, 2010. Participating New Hampshire museums include:


  • ·                    American Independence Museum, Exeter
  • ·                    Cathedral of the Pines, Rindge
  • ·                    Currier Museum of Art, Manchester
  • ·                    The Frost Place, Franconia
  • ·                    Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, Warner
  • ·                    New Hampshire Historical Society, Concord
  • ·                    New Hampshire Telephone Museum, Warner
  • ·                    Poore Farm Homestead, Stewartstown
  • ·                    Portsmouth Historical Society – John Paul Jones House, Portsmouth
  • ·                    Remick Country Doctor Museum, Tamworth
  • ·                    Seacoast Science Center, Rye
  • ·                    Strawbery Banke, Portsmouth


Other museums may join the program throughout the summer. For an updated list of participating museums, and for links to all participating museums, visit


Keisha Luce named Executive Director of Haverhill Heritage

Keisha Luce of Franconia is the new executive director of Haverhill Heritage Inc., a North Country not-for-profit that runs Alumni Hall, a Haverhill fine and performing arts venue. She has a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Dartmouth College as well as experience with The Frost Place, North Country Chamber Players, and Grafton County Senior Citizens Council.

Teri Bordenave named Interim Executive Director of The Frost Place

Teri Bordenave has been named interim executive director of The Frost Place, Franconia. She has worked in the not-for-profit sector since 1979 in a variety of senior leadership roles and as a consultant. For 20 years, she served as president/CEO of Girls Incorporated of the Greater Capital Region in New York, and has experience as a trustee on both local and national governing boards.

Michael Desplaines named Executive Director of Castle in the Clouds

Michael Desplaines has been named to the newly created position of executive director at Castle in the Clouds, Moultonborough. Desplaines comes to the Castle in the Clouds from McLaughlin Garden in South Paris, Maine, where he served as executive director for five years. Before that, he worked for the Cranston, R.I., public school system as director of the district’s 21st Century Community Learning Center and, before that, was program director for the YMCA of Greater Providence.

Mike Sakash named Executive Director at Mountain Top Music Center

Sax player and teacher Mike Sakash has accepted the position of executive director at Mountain Top Music Center in Conway. Sakash has a master’s degree in music, jazz studies, and contemporary media from Eastman School of Music, and a bachelor’s in music with a triple major of saxophone performance, african american/ jazz studies, and music education.

Cynthia Melendy named Executive Director of Mount Washington Valley Arts Association

The Mount Washington Valley Arts Association welcomes Executive Director Cynthia Melendy. She has worked with the Maine Audubon Society, the Portland Museum of Art, and the Chebeague (Maine) Island Library, has written about the Arts and Crafts community in Chocorua, and taught U.S., women’s, environmental and architectural history at the University of Maine and other colleges.

Kathy Boss leaving New Hampshire Writers’ Project

Kathy Boss, who has served as executive director of the New Hampshire Writers’ Project for two and a half years, is moving on at the end of June. Boss, who announced her resignation in the summer issue of NH Writer, the Writers’ Project newsletter, plans to continue her education with an eye toward becoming an English teacher and writer.

Sasha Eisele moving on from AANNH

Sasha Eisele, former creative economy and cultural tourism coordinator for the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire, has left her post to develop a not-for-profit consultancy business.


Arts News of Interest in New Hampshire

Exile in Dogpatch: A profile of cartoonist Al Capp, who lived in South Hampton, N.H.




Last updated: January 31, 2012

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