FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 7, 2020
Dancer Amanda Whitworth named NH Artist Laureate
New Hampshire’s Executive Council has confirmed Gov. Chris Sununu’s nomination of Amanda Whitworth of Ashland as the next New Hampshire Artist Laureate. She is the eighth artist to receive the honor, and the first dancer.
A master teacher, choreographer and performer, Whitworth moves dance beyond traditional theater space into the fields of education and healthcare.
As director of dance at Plymouth State University, she has expanded the dance curriculum focus toward interdisciplinary thinking and collaborative performances. Her work resulted in innovative partnerships with a wide range of organizations, among them Art Front-Manchester, the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire, Ashland Elementary School, Canterbury Shaker Village and the Pemi Arts Region Community Group.
A co-founder of the New Hampshire Dance Alliance, Whitworth assisted with revision of the N.H. Department of Education’s State Curricular Standards for Dance Education and created a website that provides free resources for dance educators, performers and enthusiasts.
She is also a co-founder of Articine, which helps artists and medical professionals collaborate to incorporate the arts into diagnosis and treatment, improving healthcare experiences and outcomes.
“New Hampshire’s arts community has a rich and vibrant history,” said Gov. Chris Sununu. “I am confident that Amanda’s tenure as Artist Laureate will ensure that history is respected, while incorporating new elements that broaden the community’s outreach across the Granite State.”
“It will be an honor to serve as New Hampshire’s artist laureate and to follow in the path of my predecessors, each of whom shined their unique light on the state’s tradition of excellence in the arts,” said Whitworth. “I will focus on pursuing creative, inclusive paths to share the stories of our people and our places through the language of movement and dance, inspiring innovation and conversation around our wonderful state.”
Among Whitworth’s many awards are a Vermiel Medal from the Academy of Arts, Sciences and Letters in Paris, France for her work as a collaborative artist and being named to the New Hampshire Union Leader’s “40 Under 40” list in 2019.
Whitworth holds a Master of Education in Integrated Arts from Plymouth State University, a Bachelor of Fine Arts from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and a Certificate in Creative Placemaking from New England College.
Established in 1997, New Hampshire’s artist laureate is an honorary position that receives no compensation. More information, including biographies of previous New Hampshire artists laureate, is available at nh.gov/nharts.
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 nh.gov/nharts.