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Governor’s Arts Awards set for Nov. 6 at N.H. Institute of Art

The N.H. State Council on the Arts is pleased to announce that the 2013 Governor’s Arts Awards will take place Nov. 6, 2013, from 5 – 7 p.m. at the New Hampshire Institute for Art in Manchester.

The Governor’s Arts Awards recognize outstanding contributions made by individuals, organizations and communities to cultural life in New Hampshire. To be eligible for nominations, individuals must be New Hampshire residents or have made significant contributions to the arts while living in New Hampshire; nominated organizations, cities and towns must be located in New Hampshire.

The 2013 Governor’s Arts Awards winners are:

  • Arts Education Award: Brian Chagnon, SAU 61 TV studio manager; Farmington, N.H.
  • Cultural Access Leadership Award: Concord Hospital; Concord, N.H.
  • Distinguished Arts Leadership Award: Frumie Selchen, executive director of the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire (AANNH); Wonalancet, N.H.
  • Folk Heritage Award: Barbara Fisher, rug braider; Sunapee, N.H.
  • Individual Arts Patron Award: Thomas and Barbara Putnam; Keene, N.H.
  • Lotte Jacobi Living Treasure Award: Marguerite Mathews, Pontine Theatre; Portsmouth, N.H.
  • Youth Arts Leadership Award: Pedro Pimentel, Concord High School; Concord, N.H.
  • 2013 Special Award – Community Impact: Stephen Dignazio, executive director of the Colonial Theatre; Bethlehem, N.H. and Peter Ramsey, executive director of the Palace Theatre; Manchester, N.H.

“The arts have long contributed to both New Hampshire’s cultural identity and economy,” said Gov. Maggie Hassan. “The Governor’s Arts Awards are an opportunity to thank members of our arts community for the outstanding work they’ve done throughout the state.”

The Governor’s Arts Awards celebration is open to the public. There is no charge to attend, but limited seating is available. To reserve attendance, please contact Jennifer McLean at, (603) 271-0791.

The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts is a division of the New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources. It began in 1965 with legislation designed “to insure that the role of the arts in the life of our communities will continue to grow and play an ever more significant part in the education and welfare of our citizens.” Funding for programs is provided through state appropriations, a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Conservation License Plate fund. Learn more about the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts at




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