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On October 19th Experiencing the Arts hosted a field trip for our Environment and Arts Week partners in the Recycling Club. Dartmouth's Thayer School of Engineering presented a rich program including presentations by Thayre students, a meeting with Cathy Zoi, the CEO of The Alliance for Climate Protection, a demonstration by Dartmouth Formula Racing (both hybrid and electric cars), machine shops and artificial joint labs, as well as allowing us to attend their Jones Seminar: "What will it take? Reaching people on the urgency and solvability of the climate crisis," with presenter Cathy Zoi.
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2007/08 Experiencing the Arts Field Trips & Community Events
Open House 2008 [pdf]
Environment and the Arts 2007 [pdf]
3/3 Steve Bissette for 2008 Read Across America Program
1/8/08Synergy Brass Quintet - District Wide Performance
Art and Fashion Design by Colleen McCleary
NEW ! PHOTOS! Photos of Synergy at Canaan Elementary,Photos of Synergy at Enfield Elementary,Photos of Synergy at Indian River School,Photos of Synergy at Mascoma High School,Photos of Synergy Playing with Mascoma Band,Photos of Synergy Evening Community Concert
12/17 Spirited Collaboration - A Christmas Carol
Figure Drawing 2007
French Reflections at Palace Theatre, Manchester
Memorial Eagle for Grafton
Articles 2006/07 & before
Articles 2005/06 and before
Articles 2004/05 & before

Experiencing the Arts 2007-08

Experiencing the Arts is an experiential arts enrichment program based at Mascoma Valley Regional High School in Canaan, NH. Experiencing the Arts is developing a system to connect students and artists from the NH State Council's Artists Roster, The League of NH Craftsmen, and from the four corners of the world. The initial concept for Experiencing the Arts was to develop a new high school course that provided a combination of a work/learning curriculum that engaged professional artists, arts administrators, and other arts professions to work with youth. With continued funding through 2008 from the NH State Council on the Arts and matching support from Mascoma School District, Experiencing the Arts will continue as a class and formalize the development of the cross curricular and broader community impact of the program.

In the school year, 2007-08, the program will be entering its sixth year in practice and seventh year since its creation. The program has succeeded in far exceeding its initial benefit as a class bringing programs to the entire school and broader community as well as sponsoring dozens of field trips to arts events. Our partners in this program include the Lebanon Opera House, The Hopkins Center Outreach Department at Dartmouth College, and AVA Gallery. We also work closely with the Education Department at the Hood Museum of Art. These organizations offer excellent educational material in conjunction with all their programs making it possible to include other classes that could benefit with the vitality of an arts experience in the six areas of the arts covered by the Experiencing the Arts program (Theater, Media Arts, Visual Arts, Dance, Music, and Writing/Poetry).

Within the school Experiencing the Arts has made partners of Mascoma's Alternative Program and other classes often including additional students on field trips. These partnerships enable teachers to enhance their curriculum and students to benefit from the enrichment opportunities.

Experiencing the Arts has been honored to continue to win the Artlinks grant support and matching support from Mascoma School District. We have also enjoyed generous support from the Byrne Foundation and Mascoma Bank Foundation, the Walker Fund, and The Wellborn Ecology Fund. You can e-mail Experiencing the Arts Director, Christopher Morse at

"Teachers across the disciplines see a greater need for Arts activities to stimulate learning in their classes. They are excited to stimulate learning by bringing the arts into their curriculum. Teachers do not work in a vacuum and learning does not just take place in the formal classroom. In order to continue to raise the bar and meet No Child Left Behind goals, teachers need the continued investment of their students. They must be excited about learning. With Experiencing the Arts we have seen firsthand that student learning is energized by enrichment experiences. Students find the classroom work more meaningful and useful when skills have been brought to life, so to speak, by arts experiences.

I was a participant in the Smithsonian Institution's Celebrate NH Culture show with my work included in the NH Stories show on the mall in Washington (1999) and as a demonstrator at the Hopkinton Fair grounds when the show returned to New Hampshire, June 7-11, 2000. I have spoken to the Mascoma faculty about developing our own version of such a show by first developing focus week programs for each department (such as the Environment and Art Week and Festival we have developed with the Science department) and having them culminate at a festival for the public. With the visionary leadership of Principal, Patrick Andrew and an energized faculty perhaps this could be possible in the future."

Experiencing the Arts Director, Christopher Hill Morse