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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 17, 2014

Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
(603) 271-3136
shelly.angers@dcr.nh.gov
Twitter: @NHCulture

Catherine O’Brian, N.H. State Council on the Arts
603-271-0795
catherine.r.obrian@dcr.nh.gov

NH Artist in Residency Grants available

The N.H. State Council on the Arts is now accepting applications for Artist Residencies in Schools for Arts Learning Grants, which bring professional, juried artists into public schools, allowing students to participate in extended arts and cultural programming.

Artist Residencies in Schools grants provide students with learning experiences they might not otherwise have as part of their curriculum. The grants support a variety of disciplines, including architecture, creative writing, music, photography, poetry, sculpture, traditional arts and theatre.

Participation in the arts increases students’ employability by strengthening their ability to problem solve, collaborate with others, use critical thinking skills and make positive decisions. A survey by the Conference Board asked American business executives about the importance of employee creativity. Ninety-seven percent called creativity increasingly important and 85 percent of them responded that they were unable to find the applicants they sought.

Any preK-12 public school or any non-profit organization serving as an alternative education site for special needs students aged preK-21 in New Hampshire that is publicly funded or that has IRS non-profit status and is incorporated in New Hampshire is encouraged to apply.

Grants ranging from $1,000 to $4,500 are available. In order to qualify for an Artist Residencies in Schools grant, programs must be matched on at least a one-to-one basis with contributions from a source other than the State Arts Council or the National Endowment for the Arts.

This grant round will fund artist residencies in schools programs taking place between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015. Applications must be postmarked on or before April 11, 2014 or delivered to the N.H. State Council on the Arts, 19 Pillsbury St., Concord, by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 11, 2014.

For more information about applying for an Artist in Residency Grant, contact Catherine O'Brian, N.H. State Council on the Arts, at (603) 271-0795, catherine.r.obrian@dcr.nh.gov.

To learn more about these and other N.H. State Council on the Arts’ programs, visit www.nh.gov/nharts.

The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts is a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. The State Arts Council provides a wide variety of services, competitive grants, and technical assistance to not-for-profit organizations, schools, health care facilities, and individual artists, helping to ensure that the arts thrive in New Hampshire and are accessible to all. Funding for grants and services is provided by the New Hampshire Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Learn more at www.nh.gov/nharts.

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