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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 7, 2015

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

Nine named to NH’s traditional artists listing

The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts is pleased to announce that nine artists from the region have been added to the state’s Traditional Arts and Folklife Listing.

The listing identifies areas of specialty and includes contact information for traditional artists, cultural specialists and folklorists who are available for performances, demonstrations, workshops and other community-based presentations in New Hampshire. Organizations wishing to include traditional arts in their programming rely on the listing to select qualified experts.

Traditional arts include cultural and ethnic crafts, music and dance forms that are passed down from one generation to the next. In addition to being highly skilled in their specialty, artists on the listing must also be able to work well with audiences, including students, and must live in New Hampshire or an adjacent state.

The newest additions to New Hampshire’s Traditional Arts and Folklife Listing are:

  • Lucien Avery, blacksmith; Hardwick, Vt.
  • Peggy Brenner, fly tyer; Milford, N.H.
  • Molly Grant, shoemaker and cordwainer; Deerfield, N.H.
  • Laurel Jamieson, fiber artist; Manchester, N.H.
  • Hari Khatiwada, classical Indian folk musician and harmonium player; Concord, N.H.
  • Linda Pouliot, French jazz standards performer; Rochester, N.H.
  • Jo Radner, folklorist and storyteller; Lovell, Maine
  • John Whiteside, guitar maker and luthier; Fremont, N.H.
  • Bob Wyatt, fly tyer; Concord, N.H.

There is no deadline to apply for the Traditional Arts and Folklife Listing. Applications are accepted throughout the year.

The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts also supports traditional arts in New Hampshire through grant programs and maintains a website focused on traditional arts in the state, nh.gov/folklife.

For more information about the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts’ Traditional Arts and Folklife programs, visit nh.gov/nharts or contact Julianne Morse, Heritage and Traditional Arts coordinator, 603-271-0791, julianne.morse@dcr.nh.gov.

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 welfare and educational experience 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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