The Keene Public Library’s collection of books has always been a core cultural resource. In recent years the collection has grown to include various media, as today and tomorrow knowledge and intelligence are not only shared through books. The Library is poised to bring knowledge and art into the future.
This month for our Artist Spotlight we spoke with Taryn Fisher. She claims she is not an artist herself, but a facilitator - bringing art to people, people to art, and inspiring conversation and connection through the process. She recently opened a branch of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen. Here is her story, in her own words.
This week, National Arts Strategies announced: Jessica Gelter, Executive Director of Arts Alive! and Brattleboro resident, is one of 25 individuals chosen to be a Creative Communities Fellow, part of the New England cohort. This is a 6-month program that will deepen arts leaders’ connections across the New England states, and deliver training and project support to develop programming. National Arts Strategies is a non-profit organization whose mission is to build and support a diverse community of cultural leaders, who drive inspiring change for the future. Gelter’s fellowship project proposes to increase access to the arts in rural southwest New Hampshire.
For Arts Alive!’s 10 year anniversary celebration, Executive Director Jessica Gelter and musician and artist Jim Murphy wrote a song to honor the occasion. It was recorded by over a dozen local musicians and features arts venues across the Monadnock region. Artists include: Adam Arnone, Jeff Kolter of Omoo Omoo, Jim Murphy, Jeff Murphy, Jessica Gelter, Karissa Vincent, Stuart Fuchs, Larry Siegel, Elise Kuder, Jose Lezcano, Karissa Vincent, and Ben Rogers with dancing by MoCo Arts’ students!
Adam Arnone is a musician and arts educator with a 20 year recording career, who has toured his music nationally, and released 13 albums. He is expanding his art in service to the community in many ways since settling in the Monadnock region. You may have seen him perform locally with his band Adam and the Flood. “I want this state to be recognized for the contributions it’s artists are making in every medium. New Hampshire has its own sound, and it’s better than ever.” - Adam Arnone
(Photo above by Ben Conant)
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Arts Alive! will be hosting coaching hours at The Hannah Grimes Center in Keene on the First Fridays of the month and coaching hours at the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce on the Fourth Fridays of the month.