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NH State Council on the Arts announces Arts in Health Care grant awards

The N.H. State Council on the Arts has announced that six New Hampshire non-profit organizations and programs have been selected to receive Arts in Health Care grants for projects to be completed in the coming year.

Arts in Health Care project grants support arts activities, presentations and artist residencies that occur in health care facilities, rehabilitation centers and in centers serving the needs of the elderly. They fund programs that increase access to quality arts experiences and use the arts to enhance the quality of life of patients, residents and clients.

Grant applications are reviewed by a panel of professionals from the state’s arts community and are approved by members of the Arts Council.

Organizations receiving 2015 N.H. Arts in Health Care grants are:

Concord Hospital, for programs that support children and families during cancer treatment: $3765;

Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center, to continue the expansion and development of its adaptive dance program: $4500;

Genesis Behavioral Health, for its program “Transformations: Painted Furniture and Personal Growth for Youth”: $2525;

Pinkerton Academy, for performance, outreach activities and accessibility accommodations for an artist in residency by the Thodus Dance Company and its production of “A Light in the Dark”: $3870;

League of N.H. Craftsmen, Hanover branch, for it “RTC Experiential Outreach Program,” to bring customized, experiential workshops and demonstrations in clay, metals and mixed media to health facilities and support groups in the Upper Valley area of New Hampshire: $1875; and

The Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire for “Seeding Arts Programs” in North Country hospitals, a pilot program that will provide arts in health care professional development sessions for staff, artists in residency days and workshops: $4500.

“The arts can be meaningful and supportive tools for patients coping with healthcare challenges by reducing stress, anxiety, and experience of pain,” said Alice Kinsler, manager of Therapeutic Arts and Activity Services at Concord Hospital.

“In health care settings, where a patient’s sense of control is often lost or minimized, the arts serve as therapeutic and healing tools for patients and their families, help connect people with each other and with sources of strength and hope, and can alsoresult in substantial financial savings for health organizations.”

For more information about the N.H. State Council on the Arts’ Arts in Health Care grants and related programs and services, contact Catherine O’Brian, Arts in Health Programs coordinator, 603-271-0795, or visit

The Division of 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 at




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