Very excited to curate and host CREATIVE CAMPFIRE along with my colleague C.Robin Marcotte this spring. This is a virtual ZOOM gathering/performance/panel/Q&A on topics generated by the NH arts and culture sector! We hope to “keep the arts aflame, remotely” and enjoy an evening together with our statewide community.

Register for our “first fire” on Tuesday April 14, 2020 from 7:30pm – 8:30pm EST here.

Why do creatives need a campfire?

  • Gathering around fire has been a powerful community ritual for ages. One that builds lasting memories.
  • The practice of slowing down and listening is calming.
  • A campfire is shared between friends, family and neighbors. Often, new relationships are forged.
  • It’s the perfect venue for sharing stories.
  • A campfire creates a space for difficult conversations.

Creative Campfire Remote Format

KINDLING (5 minutes) Welcome and/or centering practice using somatic techniques and gentle movement.

SPARK (15 minutes) Crowd-sourced, pre-scheduled performance or activity from (2-3) artists/educators/leaders in the field.

FIRE (10 minutes) NHSCA update and briefing on latest state and federal action.

WARMTH (30 minutes)Community conversation around specific topic of interest or theme with invited presenters.

S’MORES (5 minutes) Question collection. Closing mantra or centering practice for the community.

First Fire

The “first fire” is celebrating YOUTH ARTS MONTH! We will share the work of NH’s young artists (ages 30 and under), as well as stories and successes from educators and artists who are creating experiences for transitional aged youth.

Performances and discussion by:

Emma Cahoon (Pinkerton Academy and theatre KAPOW)
Jason Faria (Seacoast Rep)
Sydney Kilgore (Concord High School and Poetry Out Loud 2020 Champion)
Stacey Zemla (Arts Integrationist at White Mountain Regional Highschool)
Anthony Bounphakhom (Artist/Owner The Block)
Marisa Delhay (Early Childhood Educator, The Teach at Home Mom)

Also included is an:

Information FAST BLAST from New Hampshire State Council on the Arts


Keep your eyes peeled for our next campfires on Tuesday April 28, 2020 and Tuesday May 5, 2020 both at 7:30pm EST.