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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 27, 2012

Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
(603) 271-3136
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Catherine O’Brian, N. H. State Council on the Arts
(603) 271-0795

N.H. Arts Education Conference registration open:
“Opening Minds to the Arts: Investing in Arts Education for a New Generation”

The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts’ 2012 Arts Education Partnership Conference is open for registration to educators, parents, teaching artists, science and technology teachers, homeschoolers and community arts leaders. The theme of this year’s conference, “Opening Minds to the Arts: Investing in Arts Education for a New Generation,” addresses important connections between the sciences and the art.

Conference workshops and seminars support curriculum frameworks in art, music, theatre, media arts, history, theatre, dance, language arts, early childhood learning and social studies. Professional development credit is offered and graduate credit is available through Plymouth State University.

This year, the Conference takes place at two sites. On Friday, October 19, it is headquartered at the AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon. On Saturday, October 20, it will be based at Kearsarge Regional Middle School in North Sutton.

This annual statewide event offers an opportunity for teachers, artists and parents to hear nationally known keynote speakers, engage in hands-on arts workshops, and participate in seminars. Information about the State Arts Council’s Artist in Residence and Youth Arts Grant programs, which bring innovative arts learning and creative projects into educational settings both during and after school, is also available.

This year’s conference features speakers addressing a number of topics related to the sciences, technology and the arts, and offers a unique and timely panel discussion with noted scientists, artists and educators exploring a concept known as S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and moving this concept to S. T. E. A. M., with the “A” representing “Art/Design.” A New Hampshire Arts Learning network and website will also be introduced to participants on Saturday, October 20.

Keynote speaker Sandra Ruppert, director of the national Arts Education Partnership (, will present “Making the Case for Investing in Arts Education” on October 19 at 12:30 p.m. at the Lebanon Opera House. Ruppert brings more than 25 years of leadership experience working with non-profit organizations in the areas of arts, education, culture and public policy. She is the author of numerous publications, including the widely acclaimed “Critical Evidence: How the Arts Benefit Student Achievement.” Prior to joining Arts Education Partnership, she was a senior policy analyst and program director with the Education Commission of the States, a national organization that advises state policymakers on education issues. Ruppert will also lead a Friday afternoon workshop on ArtsEdSearch, the nation’s first online arts education research and policy clearinghouse.

Colleen Macklin will open the October 20 program with a keynote presentation, “GAMEzilla versus ARTthra: A Battle of Epic Proportions,” followed by a group game activity. Macklin is an associate professor in the department of communication design and technology at Parsons, The New School for Design in New York City and director of PETLab (Prototyping Evaluation, Teaching and Learning lab), which focuses on developing games for experimental learning and social engagement. PETLab projects include a curriculum in game design for the Boys and Girls Clubs and big games such as the “fiscal” sport Budgetball. Her work has been shown at “Come Out and Play,” “SoundLab,” The Whitney Museum for American Art and “Creative Time.” In the afternoon, she will present a workshop, ArtPlay, for teachers and others to explore ways to integrate games into arts education through the use of “The Metagame” and other methods that help develop game literacy.

The N.H. State Council on the Arts’ supporting and cooperating Conference partners include the AVA Gallery and Art Center, the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire, the N.H. Department of Education, the National Endowment for the Arts, Dartmouth College, the Lebanon Opera House, the Kearsarge Regional School District and Extending the Dance Map, a Northern New England Rural Dance Initiative.

Interested educators, artists and parents may register for both days of the Conference at a reduced rate or select single-day registration for Friday or Saturday. Partial scholarships are available for New Hampshire public school teachers attending the Conference for the first time.

For more information about “Opening Minds to the Arts,” including the complete agenda, full keynote and workshop descriptions, presenters’ biographies and registration forms, visit or, or contact Catherine O’Brian, N.H. State Council on the Arts, (603) 271-0795,; or the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire at (603) 323-7302.




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