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Merrill, Tooley appointed to State Arts Council

The N.H. State Council on the Arts is pleased to announce that two new members have been appointed to its advisory Council by Governor Maggie Hassan and confirmed by the Executive Council.

Amanda “Mandy” Merrill, Durham, comes to the Council with experience as a legislator and advocate for the state’s national and cultural resources. She served several terms in both the New Hampshire House of Representatives and the New Hampshire Senate, where she worked on legislation related to environmental and energy policy, education and ethics. Outside of elected office, she served as interim director of the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP), as program associate at the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research at the University of New Hampshire, and as visual arts coordinator for the Mill Pond Center for the Arts in Durham.

Billie Tooley, Portsmouth, has been involved in the arts for more than forty years as a painter, photographer, curator, teacher and arts advocacy director.Actively involved with regional arts organizations that utilize community and public projects to promote artists, she has worked with several nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, serving as director of community development at both Strawbery Banke Museum and at the Seacoast Chapter of the American Red Cross, and as executive director for both the New Hampshire Art Association and La Napoule Arts Foundation.

Merrill’s and Tooley’s terms on the State Arts Council run through November 23, 2017.

The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts is a publicly funded agency within 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 comes from state appropriations, 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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