the Closing of sharon arts center, gallery, & store


Community Conversation 1:

The Value of Arts in our Community

August 14th, 2019

Monadnock Center for History & Culture and Monadnock Ledger Transcript hosted a community conversation about the value of arts and culture in the face of losing both the Sharon Arts Gallery and Store located in downtown Peterborough, and the Sharon Arts Center located in Sharon, NH. Arts Alive!’s executive director, Jessica Gelter, sat on a panel with other arts leaders from the region to discuss the value arts bring to our communities, and the needs the arts community has with the loss of these institutions.


Sharing love for Sharon

September 6th, 2019 from 5-7pm

During September’s First Friday arts event in Peterborough, Arts Alive!, with a group of Artists and Friends of Sharon Arts, will be gathered in front of the Sharon Arts store in Depot Square. Join them starting at 5pm to create a “LOVE TRIANGLE” that expresses the joy and delight that this great organization has brought to our community. At the end of First Friday, all the triangles will be strung together and hung along the tree lined pathway near the location of the former gallery and store. All materials - the triangles, markers, glittery paper, glue, scissors - will be provided. If you’d like to bring other materials to collage into your triangle or share with others, please do! No need to be an artist, EVERYONE IS WELCOME! This is a FREE community art-making activity.

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Community Conversation 2:

What's next - Seeking a Hub and a Home

September 25th, 2019 at 6:30pm

Arts Alive! will host a community meeting at the Peterborough Town House to discuss the loss and possible next steps to discuss the arts community’s future without the Sharon Arts Center.

The conversation will focus around three questions:

  • should the community save the Sharon Arts Center building where it is and resurrect or restructure programming for a sustainable and community-oriented future?

  • should the community find a way to accommodate displaced artists, teachers, resources, and programming within the already existing MAxT Makerspace?

  • should the community try to build something new to meet these needs, and possibly others?

Community members, artists, teachers, arts administrators, and partners of the former Sharon Arts Center are all welcome to attend!