Networking Opportunities

Arts Alive! provides networking opportunities for artists and arts organizations to meet, greet, advocate to, and partner with businesses, local government, the tourism industry, the local health care industry, and local educators.

Arts can add a significant value to a business, and we want to enable our region to take advantage of all the creative partnership opportunities available.

Arts & Economic Prosperity 5: How Economic Impact Data Influences Funders - Friday, June 3 at the Peterborough Players: 

This event is intended to inspire community participation in the Arts and Economic Prosperity 5 (AEP5) study being conducted by Arts Alive! in partnership with Americans for the Arts.

Arts Alive! presents a panel discussion and networking opportunity on June 3rd from 8:30am-12pm on the importance of Economic Impact data in funding decision-making. This event is generously hosted at the Peterborough Players, and is being presented in partnership with the Hannah Grimes Center and is sponsored by C & S Wholesale Grocers. NH Center for Nonprofits also assisted in the development of the program and offered promotional support. And Baker's Station and Fiddleheads are providing refreshments.

The panel will be moderated by Melinda Mosier, Senior Program Officer at NH Charitable Foundation, and will include:

  • Ginnie Lupi, Director of the NH State Council on the Arts
  • Ben Doyle, Community and Economic Development Specialist at the VT & NH USDA
  • Taylor Caswell, Executive Director of NH Community Development Finance Authority
  • Joan Goshgarian, Executive Director of NH Business Committee for the Arts;
  • Gina Goff, Senior Director of Community Involvement at C & S Wholesale Grocers.

After the panel, participants can choose between “Open Space” break out conversations to delve into group-determined topics, or a hands-on workshop with a professional evaluator covering ways to craft case statements and tell an organization's story using economic impact data, and other ways to use data in storytelling.

Michael Duffin will facilitate the workshop on using data. Michael is a performing artist and a professional evaluator, and his company, Peer Associates, is nationally respected for helping organizations use data to develop and craft impactful programs. Their clients include large and small nonprofits, conservation organizations and nature centers, museums, education institutions, government agencies, and grantmaking foundations. Participants are encouraged to bring their numbers.

Results of the AEP3 study, conducted in the region in 2008, were a significant tool around which Arts Alive! built an advocacy program and partnerships to leverage the arts for community development with the goal of increasing participation and support for the arts.

Suggested Donation

These events are free and open to the public, but we ask that you consider making a donation of $10-25 to Arts Alive! at the time of the event, or via our secure online donation page. We are glad to provide opportunities for community-building, and to leverage the creative economy to enhance quality of life in the Monadnock Region. Your support keeps us going, and helps us provide programs that promote arts & culture in new and exciting ways!