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 four 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 2015-16 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.

Scheduled Programs

Fall & Early Winter Arts in Inclusive Learning Programs include:


Saturday, November 7, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

The Goddard School, 12 Tsienneto Dr., Derry, NH

Saturday, February 6, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
Amherst, NH

Saturday, February 13, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
Plymouth, NH

Additional location (likely Berlin) to be announced soon!

Young children are just beginning to make friends, learning to play and work together. They're developing a sense of independence and a sense of themselves while examining their connections to others. In this conference we'll explore ways to help children express and explore their experiences using the arts. We will pay particular attention to ways that each child, each group of friends and each family is unique and special. Helping children to understand and appreciate all kinds of diversity is a critical building block for developing a solid sense of self and for forming strong friendships.       

Registration will be available here soon! Please save the date and check back.

Wednesday, December 2, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Snow date December 9)
Carriage House, Kimball Jenkins Estate, 266 North Main St., Concord NH

For many students, particularly those struggling with language and self expression, writing of any kind is challenging; these students often feel defeated and frustrated and consider themselves failures in this critical area. Yet students who are challenged writers – and those limited in oral expression – often are very excited about working with the colorful, varied materials used in making art books.  Very often their strengths emerge in these creative activities, as the use of multiple modalities inspires a new level of engagement and connection. This motivation brings a new excitement and commitment to writing.

This workshop is designed to introduce ways to motivate young writers on any academic level so that they can gain skills in the process of writing through appealing exercises in poetry, imaginative expression and journaling. Attention will be given to differentiating and adapting the lessons to fully include students with learning differences and disabilities. Various ways to capture self-expression will be demonstrated, including use of poet-scribes and oral expression; work with a range of colorful teacher-made letter and word manipulatives; and satisfying writing activities for emerging writers and ASL students. 

Register and learn more here!

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

The Arts Alliance was honored to partner with the national VSA office in offering this important webinar. Presenters Marcia McCaffrey and Dr. Sharon Malley:
  • provided an overview of the National Core Arts Standards highlighting the standards framework and the big ideas behind the standards
  • offered a brief online tour of the website 
  • described principles and practices that are fundamental to working with students with disabilities in arts education
  • discussed 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.

Click here to view the Webinar. You will be prompted to enter your email address and contact information prior to viewing. 

Also part of our Arts in Learning Collaboration:

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

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