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Arts Education Program

Arts Education Coordinator: Allison Hawkins, 603/271-0791

Ensuring access to high quality arts education for all students pre-K through grade 12 in music, visual arts, theater, dance, creative writing, and media. The program supports the development of competencies in the arts, arts literacy, and 21st century skills that enhance students' innate creativity, ability to make critical evaluations, and provide tools for broad and effective communication.

To achieve the current NHSCA Strategic Plan (2019-2021) Goal 2- "Cultivate Equitable Access to High Quality Arts Education,” NHSCA will:

  • Invest in arts education opportunities for students pre K- 12 and evaluate according to quality, access, impact, and diversity.
  • Partner with the New Hampshire Department of Education (NHDOE) and other stakeholders to deliver services to the field and promote state education policies that are inclusive of the arts.
  • Provide statewide leadership in the advancement of arts integration including STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics), utilizing the arts for inclusive learning in special education, and developing 21st century graduates through youth-led community initiatives.
  • Design and support professional development in the arts for educators and administrators of all content areas, teaching artists, and community educational sites.

Youth Arts Projects Grants- Support for high-quality arts and cultural programs that encourage creativity, develop new arts skills and foster success for young people beyond the normal school day.

Artist in Residence Grants - Matching funds for Artist residencies that bring juried teaching artists to public schools for creative learning and skills development in the arts.

Arts Education Teaching Artist Roster
A roster of professional Teaching Artists in all disciplines who are experienced in their fields and make a strong personal commitment to working in an educational settings.

NH Arts Learning Network - A collaborative advancing Arts Education in NH by shining a spotlight on model projects, sharing professional development opportunities, resources, and connecting teaching artists and educators. Recent posts:

Youth Arts Month- a statewide celebration of education in music, dance, theatre, visual arts, media, creative writing, arts integration, and STEAM.

Professional Development
Arts Education Partnership Conference- an annual professional development opportunity for educators, artists, parents, and school leaders, exploring rigorous content in the arts and across content areas.

Workshops- addressing the needs of educators, teaching artists, and community organizations.

Teaching Artist Institute- professional development for prospective and juried teaching artists.

Arts Leadership Connector- an annual convening of leaders in arts education. In partnership with the Department of Education and the New Hampshire Arts Learning Network.

Poetry Out Loud
A national poetry recitation program and curriculum that helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.

Special Partnership Initiatives
The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts works in partnership with many organizations, teachers' associations and the other New England state arts agencies to help meet the needs of New Hampshire students, teachers and teaching artists in educational settings.


Last updated: August 18, 2021

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