• Commissioner’s roundtable: Van McLeod, commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources, will hold a roundtable discussion on Cultural & Heritage Tourism on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the MacDowell Colony, 100 High St., Peterborough. The topic for the day’s discussion, which has been described as a great networking opportunity, is “2011 Outlook: Challenges and Opportunities in the Coming Year.” Attendees will include single performing artists, gallery owners, bed-and-breakfast owners, and a variety of others involved in the various industries. There is no charge for the event, of which the final 30 minutes will include an opportunity to network. Non-perishable items will be collected and donated to the Monadnock Area Food Bank. RSVP to Shelly Angers at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 271-3136.
• Take survey and help Concord: Continuing with its effort to make Concord a central hub of the arts, the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce and more specifically its Creative Concord initiative are encouraging artists to take about 10 minutes and fill out a survey at www.creativeconcordnhsurvey.org. Creative Concord is studying the potential of developing new space to support the creative arts in Concord and is working with Artspace Projects, whose “mission is to create, foster, and preserve affordable space for artists and arts organizations.” The survey asks questions primarily focused on artists’ workspace, like “what best describes your current work situation?” The purpose of the survey is that both organizations hope to develop a variety of affordable new spaces, including space where individuals and their families may live and work, and an almost incubator-like atmosphere where businesses and arts organizations can share space, resources and services. Artists can take the survey through Dec. 21. Visit www.artspace.org.
• Growth at Sharon Arts: At the Sharon Arts Center annual meeting two new members were added to the board. The new members are Laura B. Redmond, who in 2006 opened Redmondbennet Gallery in Dublin, and Barbara Pelkey, who has a lot of experience with nonprofit organizations but is most notably a United States Figure Skating competitive skater who won a gold medal in skating in Switzerland and a silver in Canada. “Every year we try to re-assess our goals and strengthen the expertise on our board,” said Melanie McDonald, a spokeswoman for the gallery. McDonald said Redmond has served as the gallery’s volunteer coordinator and, for any non-profit organization, having a good network of volunteers is critical. Redmond can now share that expertise as a member of the board. Pelkey is a successful businesswoman, according to McDonald, who can connect the gallery to different resources. In addition to the two additions, there was a change at the top of the board: former vice president Carolyn C. Howard became the new president and Stephen Gehlbach replaced her as vice president. Debra Strickland is the new treasurer and Honorable L. Philips Runyon III is the board secretary. —Adam Coughlin