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March 2016 Newsletter
Business in the Arts Awards

The 32nd annual Business in the Arts Awards gala is set for May 9. Plan to attend to honor the nominated businesses and enjoy a showcase of the arts.

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or call 603 224-8300.

The Colonial Theatre, then and now
NHBCA and the CDFA

The NHBCA has met with the NH Community Development Finance Authority and the NH State Council on the Arts/Department of Cultural Resources about creating an initiative to expand support for arts and economic development in downtown areas. The CDFA already has a strong history of supporting cultural projects and that, along with data on the role of the arts in sparking economic activity, has generated some new ideas about ways to increase support of cultural projects. Recent grantees awarded tax credits by the CDFA include the Park Theatre, NH Institute of Art, Children's Museum of NH, and Portsmouth Music and Arts Center. The Colonial Theatre in Bethlehem is another organizations recently approved by the CDFA for tax credits. This is their story:

The Colonial Theatre in Bethlehem reached its 100th Birthday in 2015. To commemorate this occasion, The Friends of the Colonial initiated The Campaign for The Next Century . The Colonial is seeking the support of New Hampshire's business community to sell $374,000 in CDFA tax credits to support this project.
Hoffman Haas Fellowship

The NHBCA has had a long involvement with the NH Center for Nonprofits and recently participated in the NHCN Hoffmann-Haas Fellowship program. The NHBCA director was a mentor to a fellow who is interested in finding a board position with an arts organization. During the four month program, mentor and fellow explored several possibilities and are continuing to meet.
The Hoffman-Haas Fellowship strives to populate NH nonprofit boards with inspired, prepared and ready-to-engage new leaders who can bring a solid grounding in board essentials and serve as an infusion of energy for existing boards. Along the way, participating Fellows, individual nonprofit organizations, Mentors, and business partners will experience multiple leadership and enrichment goals. In the long run, benefit will be felt by communities and people.
NHBCA Introduces Artist in the Workplace Initiative

If you have a vacant office or other unutilized space in your facility and believe the arts can impact the lives and skills of your employees, you may be interested in the NHBCA artist in the workplace initiative inspired by last year's Business in the Arts Awards winner, Orr & Reno.

If you have space and would like more information about offering it for short or long term use to an artist, contact the NHBCA. There are many different scenarios and types of creative people you could consider hosting: painters, writers, sculptors, videographers or other creative person. We currently have two potential spaces and are contacting arts associations to seek out candidates.

This idea is prompted by Orr & Reno who had a vacant area in their Concord office two years ago and offered it to New Hampshire artist Melissa Miller. The arrangement has worked so well for both that they are eager for other NHBCA business members to think about hosting an artist of their own.  Read more... 
The NHBCA was formed to educate, motivate and recognize business support of and participation in the arts, advocate for the value of the arts in economic, social and community development, and facilitate people and projects that enhance engagement in the arts.
Visit us at nhbca.com for more about membership and activities and for a list of arts organizations and galleries statewide.

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