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Around the Ground: Next Stop, New Hampshire

Posted 1/11/2023

We're continuing our journey Around the Ground! Read on to discover how CreativeGround is used as a resource for discovering arts in education, arts in healthcare, and traditional arts in New Hampshire.

New Hampshire Fast Fact

Did you know? Of the 2,524 New Hampshire profiles listed in CreativeGround, nearly 100 are available for Weddings, Parties, and Private Gatherings!


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Want to see some examples?

  • The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen in Concord has a conference and meeting room that can accommodate up to 100.  See Profile 
A gallery space displaying various forms of visual craft
  • Library Arts Center in Newport, NH, states in their profile, “The gallery is available for rentals outside of gallery hours when exhibits are on display. The Center's gallery has been used for showers, parties, meetings, lectures & more.” There is also a proscenium theater with a piano and Movie Screen / Projection Capabilities. See Profile
Musicians Ryan McKasson, Eric McDonald, and Jeremiah McLane at the Library Arts Center
Musicians Ryan McKasson, Eric McDonald, and Jeremiah McLane at the Library Arts Center 


Discovering New Hampshire Artists on CreativeGround

New Hampshire State Council on the Arts Logo

Ginnie Lupi, Director of the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, told the virtual crowd assembled at our at our Kickoff Event that she is “thrilled” to be participating in the launch of CreativeGround 2.0. “Whenever we get a request from a school, health care facility, local arts commission, community organization, library, or business for an artist or arts organization,” Ginnie explained, “we refer them to CreativeGround. We do this because we find CreativeGround to be the number one resource for finding artists and organizations who will fit the needs of the entity making the ask.” 

The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts uses CreativeGround to host their juried artist rosters. The Search function may be used to access the rosters. From the home page, a user can click Search, then Special Designations, then State Arts Agency Roster Artist and the state rosters will open. New Hampshire has three: an Arts in Healthcare Roster, an Arts in Education Teaching Artists Roster, and a Traditional Arts Roster.  

CreativeGround search results showing profiles for the three NH rosters

While 83 profiles popped up during this demo, there are a total of 84 in these three categories today. The addition is a dance artist in Kittery who joined CreativeGround in November 2022 and works in New Hampshire. This points to continuing organic growth and the overall sustainability of this resource. 

Digging In to New Hampshire Artist Profiles 

The following New Hampshire artist profiles stand out for being “particularly robust and strong,” according to Ginnie.

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Arts in Education: Theo Martey

Theo Martey is on the New Hampshire Arts in Education Teaching Artists Roster. He hails from Ghana, and currently holds the position of New Hampshire Artist Laureate. His specialty is traditional West African drumming and dance.

In 2019, as his profile states, Theo “led a one week long Artist in Residency program at the Amherst  Street Elementary School in Nashua New Hampshire. Students learned about African Culture rhythms, dances and songs which they got to perform in a culminating event for the whole school and their parents for the finale.”  That same year, he was awarded a Governor’s Arts Award for Arts Education. See photos from the ceremony

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Activating your Network

What these diverse artist profiles have in common is their attention to detail and an evident care for the viewer’s informational needs, which comes across as both reassuring and inviting. Each profile section is complete and visually rich. As Ginnie put it, “Whoever is looking for an artist will be able to get a clear, full picture of who they are, what they have to offer, and what their experience has been.”

  • In the Media Gallery, an array of images show not only the art forms but the artist's energy and style of presentation:
A CreativeGround profile's media gallery
  • The I Have Worked With section describes key professional relationships among the artists, organizations, and businesses in their networks:
A CreativeGround profile's I have worked with section
  • And the Affiliations and Accomplishments section gives an indication of what makes them uniquely qualified in a given specialty:
A CreativeGround profile's affiliations and accomplishments section

The Creative Economy is for Everyone

This is what we love to see, because the information is so helpful, not only to the searcher but to New England’s creative economy network as a whole. You see, NEFA relies on the data in CreativeGround to gain insight into its trends and concerns. The Creative Economy team also supports national agencies like Americans for the Arts by giving them a regional head start on their data-gathering projects.

In our next blogpost in the Around the Ground series we visit Vermont. Meanwhile, we’ll leave you - and New Hampshire - with Ginnie Lupi’s wise, parting words. “Tell everyone you know about CreativeGround and invite them to create a profile if they haven’t already.” Here's our Promotional Toolkit to help!