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The New Hampshire Arts Learning Network is a collaborative of individuals, organizations and groups with a common interest in arts education, working to support quality arts learning for all students in New Hampshire by sharing information, resources, and services. It is about connecting people, places and ideas so that all our students have access to the arts.

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US House Passes ESEA: Every Student Succeeds 

The US House of Representatives and the US Senate have both passed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act conference report (the House on December 2, 2015, and the Senate on December 9, 2015) by strong votes - 359 to 64 and 85 to 12.  This bill is a big win for arts education. Specifically, this bill would:

  • Define the arts as a "well-rounded" education activity/subject.
  • Explicitly allow Title I funding to be used for the arts and other well-rounded activities and subjects.
  • Explicitly allow professional development funding under Title II of ESEA to be used to benefit arts teachers.
  • Explicitly allow after school funding through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program to specifically be used for the arts.
  • Ensure that the arts are an allowable use of funds under the new Student Support and Academic Enrichment State and local school district grant program.
A successful amendment to the conference report by Rep. Bonamici (D-OR) also allows states to integrate other subject areas, including the arts, into STEM programs. These additions make it more explicit that the $17 billion in Federal ESEA funding can be used to support the arts and provide arts education. While we will follow up in the comings days and weeks about wwhat this means for you, your arts education programs, your work as a teaching artist, and school systems, this creates a significant opportunity to expand access and success with the arts through Federal education funding. Thank you for all your support in this work.

Support our Talented High School Students Reciting Poetry at The NH Poetry Out Loud 2016 Semi-Finals and State Finals Competitions


  • Regional Semi-Finals Competitions
    • February 29, 2016, 6pm: Semi-final at NH Institute of Art in Manchester (snow date: 3/1/16) - Poster for web / print
    • March 3, 2016, 6pm: Semi-final at Jean’s Playhouse in Lincoln (snow date: 3/4/16) - Poster for web / print
    • March 7, 2016, 6pm: Semi-final at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester (snow date: 3/8/16) - Poster for web / print
    • March 9, 2016, 6pm: Semi-final at New England College in Henniker (snow date: 3/10/16) - Poster for web / print
  • NH State Finals Championship, State House, Concord, March 21, 2016: 6:30 pm
  • March 22, 2016: 6:30 pm: Snow date NH State Finals Championship, NH Institute of Art, Manchester
  • May 2-4, 2016: Poetry Out Loud National Championship in Washington, DC

All competitions are free and open to the public. For more information on Poetry Out Loud, the NH high schools involved with Poetry Out Loud and the high school calendar of competitions taking place in February visit our webpage.   To learn more enjoy this inspiring national Poetry Out Loud video. 

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