Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire & VSA New Hampshire
Offer Arts in Inclusive Learning Programs

For the past nine years, the Arts Alliance has developed a strong partnership with VSA New Hampshire: The State Organization on Arts and Disability, presenting collaborative training programs promoting the use of the arts as a critical tool in early learning. For the past three years we have been awarded contracts by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts that have allowed us to build on this collaboration, expanding our services to preK-12 providers by adding a series of low-cost trainings as well as on-site, direct-service opportunities.

This year we’re offering programs for teaching artists, for art and music teachers, for special education teachers and paraprofessionals, and for after-school and out-of-school program providers. Family members, librarians and other care and service providers are also welcome to attend.

Our overall goal is to infuse the experiences of children in underserved communities throughout our state, particularly those with disabilities and learning delays, with opportunities in the arts so that they can grow and thrive both educationally and socially. Participants will explore ways to engage the students who are the most difficult to reach, using multiple modalities to meet individual needs through a Universal Design for Learning approach.  For more information, contact the Arts Alliance at (603) 323-7302 or email

Scheduled Programs

Upcoming Arts in Inclusive Learning Programs include:

Free National VSA Webinar!
Fundamentals: Big Ideas from the National Core Arts Standards and Guiding Principles for Students with Disabilities

Tuesday, July 21, 3-4 p.m. live, or register for a link to watch it whenever you want after the event


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The Arts Alliance is honored to be working with the national VSA office in offering this important webinar. Presenters Marcia McCaffrey and Dr. Sharon Malley will:
  • provide an overview of the National Core Arts Standards highlighting the standards framework and the big ideas behind the standards
  • offer a brief online tour of the website 
  • describe principles and practices that are fundamental to working with students with disabilities in arts education
  • discuss how the National Core Arts Standards support learning for all students

About the presenters: 

Marcia McCaffrey, Arts Consultant at the NH Department of Education, is President of the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education and a member of the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards Leadership Team.  

Dr. Sharon M. Malley is author of Students with Disabilities and the Core Arts Standards: Guiding Principles for Teachers and team leader for the Special Education Team of the National Core Arts Standards.

Please note: If you are unable to attend the live webinar, we encourage you to register anyway: you will automatically receive a link to a recording following its completion.  
Real-time captioning will be available here during the webinar presentation. To request an accommodation or receive these materials in an alternate format, contact Lisa Damico by July 16, 2015.

Click here to learn more and to register.

Also part of our Arts in Learning Collaboration:

Demonstrations on Arts in Inclusive Learning & Artist Residencies Focusing on Inclusion

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