Sing Out will wait; NEA likes NH arts
• Sing out canceled: NH Citizens for the Arts has canceled its Sing Out NH! event, which was intended to be a celebration of the arts. The event was scheduled for May 12 outside the Statehouse in Concord, but the intense negotiations going on there over the state budget for Fiscal Year 2011, which could lead to cuts to the Department of Cultural Resources of approximately $245,000, led organizers to believe this was an inopportune time for such a display. “Although disappointing to us all, we believe that canceling the event for now is the only prudent course,” said Sara Germain, a spokesperson for NH Citizens for the Arts. “The event was to be a celebration of the arts in New Hampshire and a demonstration of their importance. It was not intended to be confrontational.” NH Citizens for the Arts will continue monitoring the budget process as it moves through the legislature over the next few weeks. And Germain said a similar event will be planned for the future. While she didn’t have a head count for the now canceled Sing Out NH!, she did say it had received support from a number of professional chorale directors.
• Outdoor market in Concord: Concord’s outdoor artisan marketplace, which is located in Eagle Square, is set to begin its season on June 5, the same day the city’s farmers market (which runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon) begins for the season. The Concord Arts Market is open to all, has free admission and will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday until July 30, with a special three-day event starting July 15 for Market Days. The market will be held rain or shine and will feature not only local artists and artisans — showing and selling blown glass, handbags, jewelry and more —but also live music. Go to www.concordartsmarket.com or call 229-2157.
• Scholarship applications available: “The School of Art Supporters” (SAS), a nonprofit organization involved in events and fundraisers to support the School of Art located at the Kimball Jenkins Estate, will give scholarships to students wishing to attend the school’s summer arts camp. The camp is open to children ages 6 to 13, operates daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and offers a variety of week-long programs designed for children. Each week has a different focus providing an educational experience as expressed through art projects. Go to www.kimballjenkins.com or call 225-3932 for a scholarship application. SAS will accept applications for assistance with enrollment costs through May 17 and award scholarships in June for classes beginning in July.
• NH Arts honored: The National Endowment of the Arts recently selected a team of New Hampshire’s brightest leaders in the fields of arts, education and media literacy to attend the 2010 National Education Leaders Institute. Nineteen states applied to attend the institute but only five, New Hampshire, Illinois, Ohio, Oregon and Washington, will participate. “It is the creative economy that will move America forward in the 21st century,” said Fred Bramante, a member of the state board of education who will be attending, in a press release. “This will require integrating the arts into curriculum areas that we haven’t regularly thought of as logical places for the arts to be, including science, math and technology.” — Adam Coughlin