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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 2, 2017

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

Governor’s Arts Awards set for Nov. 1 at NH Institute of Art

The N.H. State Council on the Arts is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Governor’s Arts Awards, which promote outstanding achievement in the excellence, growth and availability of the arts in New Hampshire.

The awards will be formally presented at a celebration on Nov. 1 from 5-7 p.m. at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester. Created by Berlin sculptor Andre Belanger, the awards are based on the State House dome eagle – the first public art in the state. They have quickly become recognized within New Hampshire’s art community and beyond.

The 2017 Governor’s Arts Awards winners are:

• Arts Education: Randy Armstrong, Barrington
• Arts in Health: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Creative Arts Program, Lebanon
• Creative Communities: City of Nashua
• Distinguished Arts Leadership: Susan Strickler, Manchester
• Folk Heritage: Fred Dolan, Strafford
• Lotte Jacobi Living Treasure: Richard Whitney, Stoddard

“The arts play a vital role in capturing and promoting New Hampshire’s natural beauty, and the essence of what ‘Live Free or Die’ truly stands for,” said Governor Chris Sununu. “Celebrating the arts community for its invaluable contribution to the Granite State and our cultural economy is something that is near and dear to my heart.”

Limited tickets are available and are being sold through a partnership with the Palace Theatre. The event includes a light reception, music and dance; cost is $25 per ticket and tickets will not be sold at the door. Please visit www.palacetheatre.org/event-detail/2017-11-01/governor-s-arts-awards/86902 or call 603-668-5588 to order.

The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts is a division of the New Hampshire Department of Natural and 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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