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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 3, 2015

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

NH State Council on the Arts announces 2016 Arts in Health grant awards

Five New Hampshire organizations have been selected to receive Arts in Health grants from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, for projects to be completed in the coming year.

Studies indicate that arts activities can help individuals decrease anxiety, stress and mood disturbances, and find the strength to heal.

Arts in Health project grants support arts activities, presentations and artist residencies in health care facilities, rehabilitation centers and in facilities that serve the needs of the elderly.

Programs receiving 2016 New Hampshire Arts in Health Care grants are:

- Behavioral Health and Developmental Services of Strafford County, to support an artist residency at Riverside Rest Home;
- Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center, to continue the expansion and development of its adaptive dance program;
- Easter Seals N.H., for a program that integrates visual arts practices into its Alzheimer’s Café;
- Keene Senior Center, to help fund an artist residency with traditional musicians; and
- The N.H. Veterans Home, to support two concerts for New Hampshire Veterans, their families and the public.

For more information about the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts’ Arts in Health grants and related programs and services, contact Catherine O’Brian, Arts in Health Programs coordinator, 603-271-0795, or visit nh.gov/nharts.

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 nh.gov/nharts.

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