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The words of Interim Assistant Superintendent Patrick Andrew to the faculty describe the purpose of the program succinctly. In a recent e-mail to the faculty he wrote:

"As educators we know the truth of the famous quote, "Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand." Participation in the arts is a great way to truly involve students in almost any subject or discipline. The more imbedded connections across the curriculum are for students the more their learning becomes meaningful and permanent? We have built a record of success with the annual Student Showcase Festival. It allows students to demonstrate competency and excellence in a wide range of disciplines. It is also an opportunity for our district to demonstrate to the broader community what our students can do. I encourage staff to get involved with this effort and help motivate students to grow as lifelong learners."

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, 2009-10, the program will be entering its eigth year in practice and ninth 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). In the spring there is a week of block scheduling set aside for workshops provided through Experiencing the Arts for workshops. The week culminates with the Student Showcase Festival, where the students present their projects to the community. This year the theme of the festival will be Innovation Inspirations.

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." Christopher Hill Morse, Director, Experiencing the Arts

2009 2010 Experiencing the Arts Field Trips

Date # Attended Title Location Participating groups

October 14, 88 Hamlet Northern Stage, WRJ, VT, Mrs. Adams, English, Mrs. Grout, AP English, Humanities
November 4, 39 Hood Museum, Hanover, NH, Mr. Morse, Art 2, Portfolio, Grout AP English, Humanities
December 7, Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH, Morse Art 2, Portfolio and Mrs. Grout AP English, and Humanities
January 8, Grupo de Rua, Hopkins Center, Hanover, NH, Ms. Coons all Gym, MAP
January 22, Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH Mr. Morse, Four Art 1, classes
January 28, Vanguard Jazz, Spaulding Auditorium, Hanover, NH, Mascoma and Indian River School Jazz Bands, MAP
February 10, Harmonia, Moore Theatre, Hanover, NH, Ladd reading, MAP
March 9, Barber of Seville, Capital Center for the Arts, Concord, NH, Beaufays French, MAP
March 12, WAIT LISTED, Peking Acrobats, Capital Center, Concord, NH, Harris, Math, Coons, Gym
March 19, Aliey II Dance Company, Capital Center for the Arts, Concord, NH, Coons all Gym, MAP
April 7, Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH, Morse Art 1, Grout AP English, Humanities
April 9, Reduced Shakespeare Company, Spaulding Auditorium, Hanover, NH, Wood, Chalker, English
Date TBA Museum of Fine Art, Boston, MA, Art 2, Portfolio, Beaufays, French 3,4, Grout, Humanities