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    Connecting art and commerce: Fueling the creative economy


    Entrepreneurial spirit drives performances to the parking lot

    We have seen a great deal of innovation taking place in the arts industry these past few months. While countless arts organizations around the nation are embracing the criteria for reopening in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many are kicking their creative energies into high gear to develop ways to engage the public by adapting their current offerings or developing new works to fit the bill. In a recent American Theatre article When There Isn’t a Bad Seat in the House (Because It’s a Car) by Utkarsha Laharia, we learned about a dynamic concept to integrate theatre into an audience seated in parked cars. It made us wonder — how can businesses partner with local performing arts organizations to develop similar programming?

    What if a small group of companies (with large parking lots!) in each region of the state got together to sponsor a traveling outdoor production to be performed on site at each of their businesses? Imagine artists from a variety of disciplines collaborating (from a distance) to create a multi-sensory experience. Employees and their families would pile into their cars to take in a show from the comfort of their personal “opera box” outside their company’s office building. This sort of employee engagement seems particularly salient as the isolation of remote work and social distancing take their toll.

    Companies have the highly unique opportunity to help artists — the original entrepreneurs — take the proverbial show on the road. Here is a worthy partnership that enhances everyone’s quality of life while contributing to New Hampshire’s creative economy which is so sorely in need of support.

    What interesting business models are taking shape in your community’s creative sector? How do you think we can work together to ensure that we continue to have access to the arts now as well as in a post-COVID world?

    Take a look at our current members and let us know if you have any cool ideas you’d like to share!


    Purchase tax credits - make creativity matter in the Capital Region

    Our newest member, Making Matters NH, is delighted to have received more than $100,000 from New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority. The NH CDFA is the state’s community economic development agency and provides tax credit funding to support local community economic development goals, builds the capacity of the state’s nonprofit sector, and supports economic development across the state.

    Making Matters NH recently opened an 8,500 square foot makerspace and shared workspace in Penacook Village outside of Concord. They will utilize the tax credit funds to purchase CNC machines, a plasma cutter, welding equipment, an embroidery machine, and a long-arm quilter that will allow community members to develop new skills, prototype new ideas, and launch new businesses.

    Making Matters NH is looking to partner with New Hampshire businesses that support making the greater Concord region a more innovative, creative, entrepreneurial, and healthy community! Find out about the benefits of your business purchasing tax credits — email info@makingmattersnh.org or call 603-565-5443.


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    A stunning setting for exquisite music

    NH Dance Collaborative is partnering with Canterbury Shaker Village to present Concerts on the Green. On July 19 and 26 from 4:00 to 5:00pm you can enjoy a socially-distanced concert on the tree-lined expanse of lawn leading to the iconic Meeting House.

    Enjoy works by Bach, Beethoven and Brahms performed by Concord native Jan Fuller. He will be accompanied by the recorded music of pianist and fellow Juilliard alum Chaeyoung Park. Fuller’s musical program on Sunday, July 19 will be complmented by an appearance of NH State Artist Laureate, Amanda Whitworth!


    Join us today!

    Have you been meaning to join or renew your membership?

    Now is the time! We actively bring together business and arts professionals in-person (when it is safe to do so) and virtually to develop opportunities that help them achieve their individual and collective goals. This leads to mutually beneficial relationships that elevate the role of the arts in driving New Hampshire’s economic and community development. We facilitate and promote partnerships between business and art.

    Our members include sole proprietors, small businesses and major corporations, individual artists as well as arts and cultural organizations. A robust arts and cultural scene requires an engaged business community. Together we amplify the State’s creative assets, leveraging them for their competitive advantages in attracting and retaining new businesses, expanding travel and tourism, and making our towns and cities interesting places to live and work — for people of all ages and backgrounds.

    The New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts is the only nonprofit statewide membership organization dedicated exclusively to connecting art and commerce to fuel the creative economy. We would love to have your support and welcome the opportunity to talk with you about why your membership matters.

    Are you an Artist Entrepreneur or do you lead an Arts or Cultural Organization? We have membership opportunities you may want to consider!


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