For Immediate Release
Posted: October 18, 2022


Shelly Angers, NH Department of Natural & Cultural Resources
(603) 271-3136 |

NH State Council on the Arts announces 2nd Quarter FY2023 Artist Entrepreneurial Grant awardees

The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts has announced eight New Hampshire artists have been awarded funds through its Artist Entrepreneurial grant program. 

Because New Hampshire artists are businesspeople who contribute to the state’s economy, they, like other business owners, benefit from opportunities to improve their skills and outreach. The Artist Entrepreneurial grant program supports the expansion of business skills and other professional development opportunities, as well as funding projects that will bring artists’ work to the widest possible markets.

Artists receiving Artist Entrepreneurial grants from the State Arts Council in the second quarter of fiscal year 2023 are:

  • Ellen Smith Ahern, dance; Lebanon
  • Katherine Hanson, clay; Deerfield
  • Roxanne Herres, photography; Columbia
  • Susan Lirakis, photography; Center Sandwich
  • Pamela Ann Miller, metal; New Boston
  • Catherine Stewart, theatre; Portsmouth
  • Jessie Jeanne Stinnett, dance; Candia
  • Theresa Taylor, clay; Barnstead

The State Arts Council’s Artist Entrepreneurial grant program funds requests from $250 - $1,000. Grant rounds for the program occur quarterly; the next deadline is Friday, Nov. 4.

Several criteria must be met in order to be considered eligible for Artist Entrepreneurial grants, including being a New Hampshire resident for at least one full year, being 18 years of age or over, and devoting a majority of one’s time to practicing, performing and/or teaching an arts discipline.

The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, a division of the New Hampshire Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, enhances the quality of life in New Hampshire by stimulating economic growth through the arts, investing in the creativity of students, making the arts accessible to underserved populations and preserving heritage arts. Learn more about the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts at