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

For the past decade, 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 five 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.

During the 2016-17 school year, we’re offering a series of programs for early-childhood educators and care providers, for teaching artists, art and music teachers, special education teachers and paraprofessionals, and after-school and out-of-school program providers. Family members, librarians and other care and service providers are also welcome to attend.
Our emphasis in all these programs is on active participation and on the principles of Universal Design for Learning.

Scheduled Programs


Thursday, May 4, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

New Hampshire Department of Education, Concord

Read more and register here.


Wednesday, May 10, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m
North Country Educational Services, Gorham

Read more and register here. 

Join us May 10 as we partner with Children Unlimited to offer two workshops for early childhood
educators, caregivers, special educators, librarians, and parents and grandparents of young children.
Professional development certificates will be offered. Workshop times are 1:30 to 2:15 and 2:15 to 3 p.m.
To register, please call Linda at 447-6356, extension #101 -- leave a message with your name and the
session you prefer to attend. You may sign up for both sessions -- each will offer different ideas for using
music as an engagement and learning tool for young children. The workshop will be taught by nationally
known trainer and teaching artist Deborah Stuart. Children Unlimited is at 182 West Main St., Conway.

Download the flyer here.

This free workshop, designed for paraprofessionals and one-on-one aides, will be led by Deborah Stuart, VSA New Hampshire, as part of North Country Education Services' Para-Educator Series Thursday, May 11, from 4 to 8 pm at NCES in Gorham. Stipends are available to para-educators working in NH schools. 
Music and art classes are often the ones into which students are first integrated; both these areas can be effectively used to promote progress for students with different learning styles and those who do not easily succeed in core academic areas. The workshop will look at best practices for making these "specials" work well for all students, at adaptive strategies and tools, and at how to work with the art and music teachers to help them offer a wide array of ways that students can participate and learn, feel successful and grow in skills and enjoyment.
Register here or call NCES at (800) 268-5437 or (603) 466-5437.

We can also develop and customize Arts in Inclusive Learning workshops for individual schools and organizations. 

Professional development credit is available for all workshops and partial scholarships are offered for those who need them.

All programs are open to educators, students, artists and family and community members. 

Also part of our Arts in Inclusive Learning Collaboration:

Classroom demonstrations, college lectures, and artist residencies focusing on Universal Design for Learning and inclusion.

Email us to learn more. 




Program partners include: