FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 28, 2019
Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Natural & Cultural Resources
Julianne Gadoury, N.H. State Council on the Arts
Celebrate NH Youth Arts Month with statewide opportunities to experience creativity
March in New Hampshire can be a time when you need a little extra joy in life. Youth Arts Month offers an antidote to short days, muddy boots and salty cars.
A national initiative, New Hampshire’s Youth Arts Month celebrates the outstanding work by youth in theatre, dance, media, music, visual arts and creative writing, and shares the importance of participation in high quality arts education.
Throughout March, Youth Arts Month will provide the opportunity to experience a wide variety of arts created and performed by New Hampshire students, including:
- Youth Arts Exhibit and N.H. High School Short Film Festival screening at the N.H. State Library, March 1-31; public reception March 31, 1-3 p.m.
- Arts Education in New Hampshire Exhibit in the tunnel walkway between State House and Legislative Office Building, March 6-31
- N.H. Music Educators’ Large Group Festival at Goffstown High School (middle school performers) March 9 and at Bow High School (high school performers)
- N.H. Educational Theatre Guild’s Regional Festival of one-act plays performed by high school students at Pinkerton Academy (Derry) and Windham High School, March 9, and at Salem and Kearsarge Regional (Sutton) High Schools, March 23
- 2019 Poetry Out Loud State Championship at the N.H. State House, March 15, 5 p.m.
Gov. Sununu has proclaimed March both “Music in Our Schools” and “Youth Arts Month.” Executive councilors will join the Governor in presenting commendations for “Excellence in Arts Education” to members of their districts.
New Hampshire arts education organizations coordinating Youth Arts Month include the N.H. Art Educators’ Association, Music Educators’ Association, the N.H. Dance Alliance, the N.H. Theatre Education Guild, the N.H. Council of Teachers of English, N.H. Media Educators and the N.H. Arts Learning Network, which includes the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire, the N.H. Department of Education and the N.H. State Council on the Arts.
For more information about Youth Arts Month in New Hampshire, visit the New Hampshire Arts Learning Network website, www.nhartslearning.org, check your local listings or contact arts educators in your community.
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.