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Statewide Arts Education Conference comes to Portsmouth Nov. 6

“The Art and Spirit of Leadership,” a conference focused on arts in education, will take place Nov. 6, 8:15 a.m.–6 p.m. at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth, N.H. Educators, teaching artists, administrators and community arts leaders from around the state are encouraged to attend.

The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, in partnership with the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire, organizes the annual conference. This year’s focus is on cultivating leadership in arts learning, with an emphasis on  arts advocacy and telling the story of how the arts – and especially arts in education – have a positive effect on New Hampshire’s communities.

Jerome Meadows, designer of the Portsmouth African Burying Ground Project, will be the keynote speaker. Americans for the Arts’ Jeff Poulin and theatre artist Genevieve Aichele will each lead sessions. A panel of New Hampshire arts education leaders will discuss their work and NH Listens will facilitate a conversation on statewide arts education issues and opportunities.

Advance registration for the conference is required. Cost to attend is $50 and includes morning refreshments and lunch; early-bird registration is through Oct. 23 and costs $40. Certificates of attendance will be offered for CEUs and graduate credits through Plymouth State University are available.

For more information about the Art and Spirit of Leadership conference, visit or

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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