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From October 16, 2009

At the Arts Council

Artists’ Workshop Day: December 8
Identify the message you want to get out, and then learn how to spread the word quickly using free online tools.

The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts will offer two free workshops for artists on Tuesday, December 8, at the council’s Concord office. Keene artist Luann Udell will lead “Getting Your Story Out There” from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Christine Halvorson of Halvorson New Media will lead “Shoestring Personal Branding Online for Artists” from 1 to 3 p.m. The workshops are open to artists in all fields – writers, visual artists, performing artists, craftspeople, etc. You may attend one or both. Those who are coming to both workshops are welcome to bring a lunch and use the lunch break to network with other participants. We’ll also have a list of nearby lunch spots on hand. Space is limited. To register, call the Arts Council at 271-2789.

  • Getting Your Story Out There: December 8, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
    “Publicity is recognition by someone other than the artist that there is a unique story to be told,"  writes Mary Petzak, editor of "Singing Your Own Praises." Trouble is, most of us artists and craftspeople don't know our story. We're not sure why the work we make is special, or even why we love to make it so much. Yet this "inside story" is the engine that drives all of your creative efforts. Once you can articulate it, you'll find it will help you create an artist statement, a mission statement, a press release or even an exhibition proposal. This workshop will explore ways to find the passionate story behind your work, and ways it connects to popular "story hooks" to get the attention of the media, your audience, even your own heart.
  • Shoestring Personal Branding Online for Artists: December 8, 1-3 p.m.
    Use LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, blogging, YouTube and other online, FREE social media tools to advance your career and get yourself seen online. You'll learn how to invest no money and about one hour a day in marketing yourself using these tools.

Arts in Education Conference
It’s not too late to register for the annual Arts in Education Conference, happening October 30-November 1 at the AMC Highland Center in Bretton Woods. Maps & Journeys: New Perspectives on the Future of Arts Education in New Hampshire, issponsored by the N.H. State Council on the Arts, the Arts Alliance of Northern N.H., and the N.H. Department of Education. Keynote speakers are James Tusty, filmmaker and producer of The Singing Revolution, a film telling the story of how the Republic of Estonia gained its freedom; and Julie Lyonn Lieberman, musician, composer, educator, and creator of the Green Anthem Project. Robert Morrison of Quadrant Arts Education Research, will give a report on NH's first Arts Education Survey of public schools, a partnership project of the N.H. State Council on the Arts and the N.H. Department of Education. Come for one day or the whole weekend. For information, visit

Around the State

Legend of Sleepy Hollow in Puppets at Shaker Museum
The Enfield Shaker Museum will host “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Puppet Show” Friday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. The PuppeTree presents this entertaining program based on Washington Irving’s classic story, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, for people of all ages. Held in the Great Stone Dwelling, the program combines art, history, science and laughter! You will be spellbound by the dreamlike performance. $5/adult; $2.50/child. Funded in part by the New England Foundation for the Arts, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the NH State Council on the Arts.

Congratulations To:

ArtSpider, a networking source for New Hampshire artists that’s operated by Larry and Justine Graykin of Deerfield, is now live on the web. Visit the site at The organization’s mission is to “make connections in the New Hampshire arts community. We define ‘arts’ in its broadest sense, as encompassing all expressions of aesthetic creativity from folk art to fine art, including crafts, photography, performance and the written or spoken word. We define the community as all those interested in art: the artists themselves, the businesses and venues which cater to them, the state and private organizations who serve them, and the audience which views and purchases their work.”

David Carroll
David Carroll of Warner has been nominated for National Book Award. Carroll, a writer, illustrator, naturalist, and MacArthur Fellow, was named in the nonfiction category for Following the Water: A Hydromancer's Notebook. The book chronicles Carroll's annual March-to-November trek into the wetlands to observe, measure and follow the progress of nature, from tree frogs to spotted turtles. Read about all the finalists here:


New Hampshire Arts in the News

Vigilance Statue in Portsmouth Honors Sacrifice and Heroism of Firefighters
Emile Birch’s statue dedicated


Last updated: October 16, 2009

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