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NH State Council on the Arts announces 2016 General Project grant awards

The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts has announced it has awarded eighteen General Project Grants for Community Engagement. The program helps not-for-profit organizations, Main Street Programs, municipalities and schools bring arts presentations and activities into communities, enhancing the quality of life for citizens, attracting visitors and helping stimulate local economies through the arts.

Programs receiving 2016 General Project Grants for Community Engagement are:

  • Advice To The Players (North Sandwich): Shakespeare camps, professional theater and youth mentoring
  • American Independence Museum (Exeter): traditional artisans village at the American Independence Festival
  • Arts Council of Tamworth: Tamworth’s 250th mosaic mural project
  • Bach with Verse (Nelson): correctional facilities outreach concert project
  • Hooksett School District / SAU 15: traditional New England barn dancing with Dudley Laufman
  • Monadnock Chorus (Peterborough): Bach St. John public forum and performance played on period instruments
  • Monadnock International Film Festival (Keene): support for Monadnock region film industry / tourism event
  • Nashua School District: “Picture This” educational program in partnership with Symphony NH
  • New American Africans (Concord): traditional African dance group for at-risk middle and high school students
  • N.H. Preservation Alliance (Concord): traditional arts showcase at the Old House and Barn Expo
  • N.H. State Library (Concord): “Kids, Books and the Arts” program
  • N.H. Theatre Project (Portsmouth): Seacoast Arts Education Initiative
  • Raymond Coalition for Youth: performance by the Improbable Players drug education awareness project
  • Rochester Main Street: Arts in the Heart of Downtown
  • St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts (Berlin): five performances
  • TEAM Jaffrey: summer concert series on the common
  • Theatre KAPOW (Manchester): production of “Raining Aluminum,” an original international collaboration
  • Union Episcopal Church (Claremont): six performances and the Youth Arts Enrichment Initiative

General Project Grants for Community Engagement applications are currently being accepted for projects taking place between November 1, 2016 – September 30, 2017. The deadline to apply is July 29, 2016. NHSCA uses an online grant application; paper applications will not be accepted.

For more information about the NHSCA’s General Project Grants for Community Engagement program, contact Cassandra Mason, grants coordinator,, 603-271-7926, or visit

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




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