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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 26, 2016

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

Educators to gather for ‘The Arts are Essential’ conference

Arts educators, teaching artists, parents and school leaders from across New Hampshire will meet in Claremont Nov. 11-12 for the N.H. State Council on the Arts’ annual arts education partnership conference. It is the 22nd annual conference for arts educators organized by the Arts Council.

A professional development and networking opportunity, “The Arts are Essential” will explore how the arts contribute to a well-rounded education, a strong school culture and a vibrant community climate; turn “STEM” education to “STEAM” (with the addition of “arts” as the “a”) and teach 21st century skills to students of all learning abilities.

On Friday, Maine Poet Laureate and Acting President of the Maine College of Art Stuart Kestenbaum will give the keynote address and Matt Wilson, executive director at MASSCreative, will address the importance of arts advocacy. Saturday’s keynote will be given by Boston Ballet Director of Education Zakiya Thomas on “Ensuring Access through Creative Youth Development.” 2016 New Hampshire School Principal of the Year Brian Pickering and ConVal Regional High School Arts in Education Coordinator Amanda Bastoni will present “Pathways to STEAM Excellence,” also on Saturday.

Artists from the Arts Council’s Arts Education roster will lead workshops throughout the conference and perform a showcase. Information about grant writing and funding opportunities will also be available for attendees.

Advance registration is required to attend; see nh.gov/nharts for details. Continuing education credits are available.

“The Arts are Essential” is organized by the N.H. State Council on the Arts in partnership with the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire. Its advisory committee includes the N.H. Department of Education, the N.H. Arts Learning Network, educators, artists and community leaders in Claremont and throughout the state.

To learn more about “The Arts are Essential,” visit nh.gov/nharts or contact Julianne Gadoury, julianne.gadoury@dcr.nh.gov, 271-0791.

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 nh.gov/nharts.

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