How the Arts Alliance Works with Schools

We believe that the arts are a powerful pathway to learning for all ages and across all subject areas. Our biggest programming commitment is therefore our work with northern New Hampshire schools. Each year we provide a series of regional residencies with outstanding visiting artists from around New England, or around the world. Click here to see who's joining us in 2017-18.

In addition, we custom-design programs for your school throughout the year – including after-school and summer programs and intergenerational and outreach programs that connect your school and community.

Do you have a school-wide theme? A Diversity Day? A school festival? Do you want to use a hands-on approach to stop bullying? Or an arts-based approach to studying local history? Would you like to host a visiting author or storyteller? Or a professional development workshop?  Contact us with questions or ideas;  we are happy to work with you to design workshops, assemblies and multi-day artist visits in all disciplines.  We can also help you write grants, look for funding, design evaluation tools and promote your cultural events.

We invite you to learn about the kinds of programs we offer (see below), from residencies to professional development (both in your own school and regionally).

How the Arts Alliance Works with Community Partners

All Arts Alliance programs are designed to include collaborations with community partners across our region – from community centers and opera houses to social service agencies, nursing homes, after-school and preschool programs. Click here to read about recent residencies and programs and contact us if you’d like to be included as we plan future events.

We are very excited about Experience/Arts, our new partnership with Grafton County Senior Citizens Council, that brought Vitality Arts classes to four communities throughout 2017. Learn more here.



Our Programs Include:

Classroom Concerts (music)

Experiencing the World (multicultural offerings)

Mountain Links (traditional arts of New England)

STEAM programs (adding Art & Design to Science, Technology & Math)

Environmental Literacy through the Arts/ Art & Nature programs

Arts in Early Learning

Extending the Dance Map

Arts & Health

Artist Residencies in All Disciplines


Professional Development Opportunities: You can host professional development programs in your school or attend our conferences and workshops. We regularly post upcoming opportunities here.

Our annual Arts in Early Learning conference will be presented in the winter and spring, and we collaborated with the NH State Council on the Arts in presenting the statewide Arts Education Partnership Conference in November.  We continue to work with the Conway School District on our annual Don Graves Write Now! conference, set for March 31, 2018.

We ask that your school become an Arts Alliance member. Your membership will provide you with discounts on all programs and reduced rates at professional development programs, as well as help with block booking and fundraising.

Check out our artist listing to see who else we can help bring to your school or community.

Or learn more by reaching out to us!


Additional services:

We partner with other cultural organizations to provide specially designed school programs. These partnerships include a series of inclusion workshops and residencies, in partnership with VSA New Hampshire, and school and community concerts presented in collaboration with many local presenters as well as social-service agencies and government agencies like the White Mountain National Forest (on the White Mountain National Forest Artist-in-Residence program). We also serve as coordinating partners for the NH Arts Learning Network and the NH Arts in Health Network.