• Scholarships available: In an effort to keep people coming through the doors during the winter, Shawn Olson, executive director of the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, 18 Highlawn Road, Warner, has looked at alternative programming. Last year she began a speaker series, which has continued this season. This year the museum will be offering classes to teachers and students. The program offers a monthly hands-on class designed to promote understanding and appreciation of how the artifacts in the Museum were made and used and to help preserve and promote traditional Native arts and skills for future generations. Olson said the participants will learn different skills, which they can take back with them to their different walks of life. She said they will be learning things like physics without even realizing it. Since the classes cost from $25 to $75, the museum has applied for a grant to give financial assistance for first- and second-year K-12 teachers and low-income state residents. It received a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts and can now offer financial assistance of 50 to 100 percent of class costs. Classes meet the first Saturday of each month November through June and are appropriate for people aged 12 and up. Olson said she would ask any applicants to apply two weeks before they hope to attend. Visit www.indianmuseum.org or call 456-2600 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Everything traces back to politics: In response to this month’s elections, Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert L. Lynch encouraged all art-lovers to take action to ensure the safety of arts. His suggestions include sending a letter of congratulations to newly elected leaders and identifying yourself or your organization as a resource on arts policy issues and asking all freshman members of Congress to join the Congressional Arts Caucus or Senate Cultural Caucus. Lynch wrote, “Nonprofit arts organizations have also felt the sting of the recession with state and local government arts funding dropping as much as 16 percent, and private charitable gifts to the arts declining $1.2 billion in just two years. Additionally, individual artists have been experiencing unemployment at twice the rate of other educated, professional workers.” Visit www.artsusa.org.
• “I am” at SOPHA: The work of photographer Seana Collins will be on display in an exhibit titled “I am” on Thursday, Dec. 2, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at SOPHA (The Studio of Photographic Arts), 15 Merrill St., Manchester. Bud Thorpe of SOPHA said Collins has an unique perspective on photography and that the public will really enjoy her work. Call 584-1492 or visit www.thesopha.com.