Developing Partnerships for the Creative Economy

Collaborations and partnerships are vital to advancing the creative economy. Partnerships can be formal or informal, with written legal agreements or based on mutual agreement. There are many examples of successful partnerships in New Hampshire:

• Government/Non-Profit:
The White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) and the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire
have teamed up to create the Artist-in-Residence program. In 2012, three artists are residing at Mead Base Center in Sandwich (an eco-artist, a composer and a painter), where they will create new work inspired by their natural surroundings. During the residencies, the artists will also lead several workshops and share ideas on the ways in which art can help people relate to forests in general and to the WMNF in particular.

• Non-Profit/Health Care Industry:
The Alliance for the Visual Arts (AVA) and Dartmouth- Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC)
have created a grant funded arts program for patients and staff, which includes permanent and rotating exhibitions, and brings creative arts specialists to the hospital setting.

The Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire (AANNH) received funding to bring the arts into agencies that provide eldercare across the North Country. Their project was in response to recognition that our oldest citizens often become isolated, not only from day-to-day interaction with family and community members, but from experiences that bring joy and beauty to their lives. State Arts Council funding helped AANNH offer artist residencies in music, dance, drumming and storytelling that provided a variety of opportunities for residents to experience the arts and for staff to discover the therapeutic effect the arts can have on elderly patients.

• Non-Profit/Municipal:
The Dover Arts Commission/Children’s Museum Art Installation Project
will consist of knitting sleeves that will be placed on the light posts in the upper section of Henry Law Park in front of the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire. Dover artist Malone Cloitre has the help of 7 volunteers and the yarn has been donated by a local yarn distributor. Malone’s goal in creating this piece of art is to highlight Dover’s arts community. Dover has had a long history in the textile industry and the fiber art installation will allow people to think of the creativity and whimsy of these crafts.

City of Nashua and the Andres Institute

The Nashua International Sculpture Symposium is an annual community event designed to elevate the awareness and appreciation of public art in Nashua. 2012 marks the fifth year Nashua celebrated its International Sculpture Symposium, which was inspired by Meri Goyette, a major arts supporter who resides in Nashua, and John Weidman, director of the Andres Institute of Art, Brookline, New Hampshire.

As well as bringing public art to the community, the Nashua International Sculpture Symposium also educates the artists about creating large-scale sculpture pieces, exposes the public to different cultures and sculpture techniques and creates sustainable art throughout the City of Nashua.

New Hampshire Businesses Support the Arts

The New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts (NHBCA) educates, motivates, and recognizes business support and participation in the arts. NHBCA has more than 65 business members, operates the annual Business in the Arts Awards and the Lawyers for the Arts/NH referral service, and collaborates on a variety of projects and initiatives to encourage business involvement in the arts and awareness of the impact of the creative economy in communities in New Hampshire.