We are once again presenting a series of great statewide summer professional development workshops focused on reaching all learners through the arts. They're designed for preK-12 classroom and arts educators, SPED teachers and paraeducators, as well as administrators, teaching artists and all those interested in arts integration and in working with students who face physical, cognitive and social-emotional learning challenges. The workshops, offered under a contract with the John F. Kennedy Center in D.C., and presented in partnership with VSA New Hampshire, are based on the principles of Universal Design for Learning. The series starts off on July 9 with “Arts Integration & Personalized Learning: Assessment & Inclusion for All Students,” a workshop with Sharon Malley, who has served as special education specialist for the Kennedy Center, led the special education team contributing to the development of the National Core Arts Standards and provided leadership for national forums and conferences dedicated to advancing knowledge of the intersection of arts and special education. Learn more here.
It’s almost time for this year’s Artists in Residence to actually be in residence! Berlin-born sculptor and industrial designer Quinn Morrisette will formally begin his project on the Forest in mid-August, but he’ll present a preview at a free public talk at 6:30 pm on Friday, July 6, at the Museum of the White Mountains in Plymouth, telling us about his plans and how the public can be involved. Los Angeles-based social practice artist Lorri Deyer will be joining us for four weeks starting July 15; on Tuesday, July 17, at 6:30 pm at WMNF headquarters in Campton, she’ll talk about her work and ideas for her "Field Guide to the Unnoticed" and offer opportunities for public participation.
Learn more about Quinn here, Lorri here.
The second year of our Experience/Arts partnership with Grafton County Senior Citizens, funded by Aroha Philanthropies and the Couch Family Foundation, is now under way. We’re offering another series of eight free arts classes for adults ages 55 and older – in Plymouth, Haverhill, Lebanon and Littleton – through December. Eco Art Making, Nature Photography and Working with Clay are being offered this summer; in the fall, ukulele classes will be taught in Haverhill and Lebanon, story telling in Plymouth and creative movement in Littleton. Read more and check for culminating event details here – and let us know if you’d like to be put on the Experience/Arts email list.
Culture never stops! If you're interested in cultural programs, partnerships or outreach opportunities, we encourage you to email or call us to let us know, and we'll be glad to talk or meet with you. We have a fantastic list of artists and programs we can offer, any time of day, any time of year, for any age and any size group! If you’re interested in workshops, concerts, partnerships or outreach opportunities, we encourage you to email or call us to let us know, and we’ll be glad to meet or talk with you.
Lorraine Chapman, one of New England’s most respected choreographers, will be working with dancers – and non-dancers – on contemporary dance and interdisciplinary movement in a multi-part residency that continues throughout the spring. Lorraine will work solo several days and will also be joined by her company for a series of community residency days, offering classes for dancers, theater artists and community members around the region, including ballet, modern and Grotowski-based movement awareness and improv sessions. Learn more about offerings here.