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NEA Chairman Jane Chu to Visit Nashua, Peterborough, and Keene, New Hampshire, June 2–3, 2015

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Washington, DC—National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu will visit New Hampshire, on June 2–3, 2015. She will visit arts organizations in Nashua and Peterborough on June 2 and speak at New England Foundation for the Arts’ Creative Communities Exchange in Keene on June 3. Follow @NEAJaneChu on Twitter for updates and photos on her trip to New Hampshire.

Chairman Chu will begin her visit to New Hampshire in Nashua on June 2, where she will join Mayor Donnalee Lozeau on a driving tour to see Nashua’s sculptures and public art installations. Media are invited to join the stops at Cotton Mill Square and Rotary Common; RSVP to Carolyn Mortellaro at mortellaroc@nashuanh.gov for exact details. Following this tour, Mayor Lozeau will lead a discussion at City Hall about the city’s plans for a performing arts center. Media may attend this discussion. There will be time following this discussion for short interviews. Media who wish to request an interview with Chairman Chu should email Liz Auclair at auclaire@arts.gov.

Next, Chairman Chu will travel to Peterborough, where she will visit two frequent recipients of NEA support: MacDowell Colony and Monadnock Music. Chairman Chu will tour MacDowell Colony and meet with current artists in residence. The NEA supports residencies for artists at MacDowell Colony. Media interested in touring the MacDowell Colony should contact Communications Manager Jonathan Gourlay at jgourlay@macdowellcolony.org in addition to Liz Auclair.

Chairman Chu will then visit Monadnock Music. This visit will include a short performance as well as a discussion about Monadnock Music’s work. The NEA supports their annual festival of free community concerts in rural southwestern New Hampshire towns. Chairman Chu will be available for short one-on-one interviews following this discussion. Media who wish to request an interview with Chairman Chu should email Liz Auclair at auclaire@arts.gov.

On June 3, Chairman Chu will address the participants at the closing session of New England Foundation for the Arts’ Creative Communities Exchange. Media who wish to attend this conference and/or Chairman Chu’s remarks should contact Ann Wicks at awicks@nefa.org.

The following events are open to media. Media who wish to attend these events or request a short interview with Chairman Chu should contact Liz Auclair at auclaire@arts.gov or 202-682-5744.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

NASHUA, NH

9:30–10:30 am  Driving tour to visit Nashua public art works

Location:  Media who wish to attend the stops along the driving tour should RSVP to Carolyn Mortellaro at mortellaroc@nashuanh.gov for exact details.

Participants:      

Jane Chu, chairman, National Endowment for the Arts

Donnalee Lozeau, mayor, Nashua

Ginnie Lupi, director, New Hampshire State Council on the Arts

Roger Brooks, chair, New Hampshire State Council on the Arts


10:30–10:45am  Discussion about the city’s plans for a performing arts center

Location: City Hall, 229 Main Street, Nashua, NH  03060

Participants:      

Jane Chu, chairman, National Endowment for the Arts

Donnalee Lozeau, mayor, Nashua

Ginnie Lupi, director, New Hampshire State Council on the Arts

Roger Brooks, chair, New Hampshire State Council on the Arts


10:45–11:00am  Media availability. Media who wish to request a short one-on-one interview with Chairman Chu must email Liz Auclair at auclaire@arts.gov.

Location: City Hall, 229 Main Street, Nashua, NH  03060


PETERBOROUGH, NH

1:00-2:00pm  Tour of MacDowell Colony and discussion with artists in residence. Media interested in touring the MacDowell Colony should contact Communications Manager Jonathan Gourlay at jgourlay@macdowellcolony.org in addition to Liz Auclair.

Location: The tour will begin at Colony Hall, 100 High Street, Peterborough, NH 03458

Participants:      

Jane Chu, chairman, National Endowment for the Arts

Cheryl Young, executive director, MacDowell Colony

David Macy, resident director, MacDowell Colony

Artists in Resident at MacDowell Colony

Van McLeod, commissioner, New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources

Ginnie Lupi, director, New Hampshire State Council on the Arts


2:30–3:15pm Visit to Monadnock Music

Location: 2A Concord Street, Peterborough, NH 03458

Participants:      

Jane Chu, chairman, National Endowment for the Arts

Gil Rose, artistic director, Monadnock Music

Christopher Sink, managing director, Monadnock Music

John Shonle, acting president, Monadnock Music

Jim and Jocelyn Bolle, founders, Monadnock Music

Peter Kaplan, trustee, Monadnock Music

Will Fregosi, trustee, Monadnock Music

Ray Petty, trustee, Monadnock Music

Barbara Miller, selectwoman

Rafael Popper-Keizer, cellist

Ginnie Lupi, director, New Hampshire State Council on the Arts


3:15–3:30pm  Media availability. Media who wish to request a short one-on-one interview with Chairman Chu must email Liz Auclair at auclaire@arts.gov.

Location: 2A Concord Street, Peterborough, NH 03458


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

KEENE, NH

12:00–1:00pm  Remarks during closing session of Creative Communities Exchange

Location:  Colonial Theatre, 95 Main St., #6, Keene, NH 03431

Participants:      

Jane Chu, chairman, National Endowment for the Arts

Ginnie Lupi, director, New Hampshire State Council on the Arts

Cathy Edwards, executive director, New England Foundation for the Arts

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Contact

Liz Auclair (NEA), auclaire@arts.gov, 202-682-5744