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creative communities

Creative Communities Program

Creative Communities Program Coordinator: Lisa Burk-McCoy  l  603-271-0794

The Creative Communities Program is an investment in the people and communities of New Hampshire. Through funding, resources, cross-sector partnerships, and targeted initiatives, we work to ensure that community arts practices and projects increase the social and economic strength of New Hampshire communities. We are committed to enriching New Hampshire neighborhoods with public art spaces, activities, and events that engage the public, stimulate our economy, bring vibrancy to our communities, and enhance quality of life for all New Hampshire citizens.

Funding and Programs

Arts for Community Engagement (ACE) project grants support community enrichment and public benefit by providing access to high quality arts performances, activities, and programs presented by community-based organizations, Main Street programs, and municipalities. The ACE grant awards up to $6,000 for selected projects occurring November 1, 2023 – October 31, 2024.  For the FY2024 grant cycle, the 1:1 match requirement is waived. The deadline to apply is July 7, 2023.

Partnerships and Collaborations

New Hampshire Creative Communities Network (NHCCN)
The New Hampshire Creative Communities Network (NHCCN) is a statewide consortium of local/regional arts councils, arts organizations, municipal arts commissions, Main Street programs, chambers of commerce, and economic development agencies. This cross-sector focus underscores the role the arts play across all facets of community and economic development. Through collaborative programming and presentations, NHCCN provides information, education, and support to strengthen and promote economic and community development across New Hampshirethrough the arts, artists, and creative industries. Participants may engage in information-sharing and network-building by subscribing to the listserv (Arts Satellite Notices) and by joining the NHCCN Facebook group

New Hampshire Makerspace Network
Makerspaces support and serve creative entrepreneurs and emerging businesses that foster innovation in our communities and contribute to our local and statewide creative economies. The Arts Council founded the New Hampshire Makerspace Network in 2019 in recognition of the important role makerspaces play in support of creative entrepreneurs and small businesses. NHSCA hosts monthly meetings and maintains a vigorous communications network for Network participants. These serve as the foundation for a robust exchange of ideas and resources, helping to strengthen makerspace businesses and expand opportunities for small businesses, residents, and communities in New Hampshire. 

New Hampshire Arts Commission Peer Exchange
The N.H. Arts Commission Peer Exchange invites Arts Commission members come together to share ideas, experiences, strategies, and opportunities for impact as part of a statewide community of peers. This mutually supportive exchange helps to deepen Art Commission work to promote a lively statewide environment and economy through public artwork, community arts activities, and placemaking. 

Creative Economy Data

Arts & Culture Production Satellite Account–N.H. Summary Report, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (2021)

Arts & Economic Prosperity – NH Surveys, Americans for the Arts (2011, 2016)

Creative Industries Reports, Americans for the Arts (2017)
NH Creative Industries Report (pdf)
US States Comparative Report (pdf)
NH Creative Industries Report, Congressional District 1 (pdf)
NH Creative Industries Report, Congressional District 2 (pdf)

The Jobs in New England’s Creative Economy and Why They Matter, New England Foundation for the Arts (2017)

Research, Resources, and Best Practices

The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts maintains a curated Creative Communities Resource List. (pdf)




Last updated: September 11, 2023

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