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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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Dandelion News June/July

This Issue is Dedicated to Catherine O’Brian

Catherine O’Brian is an inspiration to us all. She has been nurturing arts opportunities across New Hampshire for artists, teachers, students, and communitiesher entire career as the Arts in Education Coordinator and more recently as the grant coordinator for Arts in Health Initiatives at the NH State Council on the Arts. This edition of the Dandelion is dedicated to her for her many years of state service. Catherine will be investigating her own inspiring opportunities as she enjoys the splendors of the season with her retirement. Catherine will remain active in the arts scene in New Hampshire and with the NH Arts Learning Network. Thank you, Catherine, for your dedication, vision, inspiration, and hard work. Your impact on arts in education in our state is immeasurable! 

A note from Catherine:

Dear NH Arts Learning Network Friends and Colleagues, I retired from the NH State Council on the Arts on May 31st. After close to 23 years, the time has come for me to explore and enjoy other aspects of my life. My husband and I hope to travel, and to enjoy our home life in South Sutton and our six grandchildren. I hope to give more time to my poetry, writing and all of the arts, and also look forward to more time for walking, swimming and being outdoors. I have been honored to serve in this amazing position, at the intersection of arts, learning and creative youth development, working with artists, arts educators, youth, schools, plus arts and social services organizations.

I have learned so much from all of you in this beautiful, inspiring work. Thank you for the trust you have put in my hands, for sharing your own work, the arts work of your students -- and your lives – with me, and for allowing me to join you on some part of your arts journey. Please know that the NH State Council on the Arts will continue to value and support Arts in Education and Creative Youth Development. I have the utmost confidence in my team and wonderful colleagues at the Arts Council and the NH Arts Learning Network. I ask you to continue your advocacy work, supporting our vital, valuable arts community. And always celebrate the arts! I will leave you with one of my favorite quotes, by Toni Morrison’s Sula, that says it all.

With appreciation for all you do,

Catherine O’Brian

Read the full June/ July Dandelion with Inspirations, Opportunities, Resources, Performances, Workshops, and more

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