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Creative Communities Program

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

The NH State Council on the Arts expands public awareness of our state’s creative economy and the strength and versatility of its creative workforce. Through capital arts projects, arts experiences, and the sale of creative products, the arts profoundly impact New Hampshire’s economy. These activities benefit our state through local participation and through cultural tourism, which attracts people who stay, eat and shop in our towns and cities.

The Creative Communities Program is an investment in the people and communities of New Hampshire. Through funding, resources, strategic cross-sector partnerships, and targeted initiatives, we work to ensure that community arts practices and projects produce robust outcomes.  We are committed to enriching New Hampshire neighborhoods with public art spaces, activities, and events that engage the public, vitalize 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) is a 1:1 matching grant awarding funds up to $7,500. 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.

Partnerships and Collaborations

New Hampshire Makerspace Network
The Arts Council founded the New Hampshire Makerspace Network in 2019 and facilitates bi-monthly meetings with community-based makerspaces across New Hampshire. Makerspaces support and serve creative entrepreneurs and emerging businesses that foster innovation in our communities and contribute to our local economies. The goal of the Network is to strengthen maker industries through resource sharing and cooperative marketing, and to better serve the public through the exploration of partnerships and opportunities for cooperative membership programs.

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 and agencies, Main Street programs, chambers of commerce, and economic development agencies.  Through collaborative programming and presentations, NHCCN provides information, education, and support to strengthen and promote economic and community development across New Hampshire through the arts, artists and creative industries. The Network was founded in partnership with the State Arts Council in 2010.


The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts maintains a comprehensive resource list (PDF), which includes studies, surveys, toolkits, and best-practices guides to assist with cultural planning, creative placemaking, and creative communities development.



Last updated: April 22, 2020

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