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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 17, 2015

Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
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Governor’s Arts Awards set for Oct. 21 at NH Institute of Art

As part of its 50-year anniversary of supporting the arts in New Hampshire, the N.H. State Council on the Arts is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Governor’s Arts Awards.

The awards will be formally presented at a celebration on Oct. 21 from 5-7 p.m. at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester. Berlin sculptor Andre Belanger created the awards, which are based on the State House dome eagle – the first public art in the state.

The 2015 Governor’s Arts Awards winners are:

  • Arts Education Award: Calvin Herst, Concord and Anna Nuttall, Portsmouth
  • Distinguished Arts Leadership Award: Melissa Richmond, Director, West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts
  • Folk Heritage Award: Ann Winterling, Concord
  • Individual Arts Patron Award: Meri Goyette, Nashua
  • Lotte Jacobi Living Treasure Award: Jere Osgood, Wilton

“The arts are critical to New Hampshire’s high quality of life, with a long history of strengthening our cultural identity, bringing people together and driving economic growth,” Governor Hassan said. “The Governor’s Arts Awards are an opportunity to thank members of our arts community for the outstanding work they’ve done throughout the state, and I thank all of the winners and the entire Granite State arts community for everything they do to make New Hampshire a special place to live, work and raise a family.”

The Governor’s Arts Awards celebration is open to the public but seating is limited. Admission to the cocktail reception and event are being sold through a partnership with the Palace Theatre; the cost is $25 per ticket and tickets will not be sold at the door. Please visit or call 603-668-5588 to order.

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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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