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New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts and New Hampshire Humanities partner to put culture to work

The New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts (NHBCA), New Hampshire’s statewide membership organization that promotes the intersection of art and commerce, and New Hampshire Humanities kick off a partnership on March 1 to promote Humanities @ Work, an initiative to offer NHBCA businesses the opportunity to bring a variety of humanities-based programming into the workplace. Wall-art-2852231_960_720

With Humanities @ Work, NHBCA business members can bring innovative cultural programming into the workplace over lunch, or whenever is best for employers and employees. The programs are diverse, ranging in topics from music and poetry appreciation to the history of animation; from quilt-making traditions to New Hampshire’s architectural legacy; and even a program on the quest for happiness. NHBCA members can pick from the many Humanities to Goofferings or request tailored programs to fit their needs. While a modest fee is required, a discount will now be offered to NHBCA members.

“We are delighted to collaborate with New Hampshire Humanities to make cultural experiences accessible to businesses of all shapes and sizes,” said NHBCA Executive Director Tricia Soule. “As businesses look to attract and retain a talented and robust workforce, it is important to provide engaging experiences for employees to build connections with one another and consider new and (continued)

interesting ideas. Making Humanities @ Workavailable to our members is one way we hope to help businesses highlight the important role cultural offerings play in making New Hampshire an attractive place to live and work.”

“New Hampshire Humanities is proud to partner with the New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts to offer Humanities @ Workto employers who recognize that technical training is not the only strategy for attracting and retaining top quality workers,” said New Hampshire Humanities Board Chair Ellen Scarponi of Consolidated Communications. “By making it easy and affordable for employers to offer humanities-based programs in the workplace, New Hampshire Humanities gives employers the ability to provide something that unites, inspires, and enlightens their employees, contributing to overall job satisfaction, creating a responsive, respectful workplace, and retaining the best workforce possible.” For more information about Humanities @ Work, visit www.nhhumanities.org/HAW.

About NHBCA: The New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts is a statewide membership organization that promotes the intersection of art and commerce through networking and learning opportunities. NHBCA engages business and arts leaders to encourage more direct communication between the two sectors, build mutually beneficial relationships, and develop a sense of professional camaraderie. The New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts is uniquely positioned to make a significant impact on New Hampshire's creative economy. For more information visit http://www.nhbca.com.

About New Hampshire Humanities:  For more than four decades, New Hampshire Humanities has provided the people of the Granite State with opportunities to cultivate curiosity, connect across cultures, examine beliefs, practice civility, strengthen community bonds, and engage in civic life. Last year New Hampshire Humanities sponsored 549 free programs reaching 174,288 residents in 165 communities in partnership with 314 organizations. Learn more at www.nhhumanities.org.