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Senator Shannon Chandley and Nina Ozlu Tunceli are coming to Concord on May 30th to speak at the Arts and Creativity Summit

CONCORD, N.H. – Concord will play host to the 7th Annual Advocacy Summit, presented by Arts4NH, on May 30th from 1 to 5:30 p.m. at the New Hampshire Historical Society, on Park Street. The event will see Paul W. Hodes and Nancy Pearson be given the 2019 Arts Advocates of the Year Award.

The event celebrates the role played by arts and creativity in New Hampshire’s creative economy and will feature talks by NH State Senator Shannon Chandley and Nina Ozlu Tunceli,  of Americans for the Arts focusing on art advocacy efforts in the Granite State and the New Hampshire presidential primaries.

The keynote speaker for this year’s summit, Senator Shannon Chandley served three terms in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, before being elected to the NH State Senate in 2018. She is a director on the board of the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence as well as a member of the University of Rhode Island College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Advisory Council, and is strongly involved with her community in Amherst, where she has lived for nearly two decades. As a State Senator, Chandley focuses on building a strong economy, investing in high quality education, and addressing the opioid crisis.

Speaking later in the day, Nina Ozlu Tunceli is both Chief Counsel of Government and Public Affairs at Americans for the Arts as well as the Executive Director of the Americans for the Arts Action Fund. For 25 years, Nina has served as the chief policy strategist for Americans for the Arts’ federal, state, and local public affairs work, grassroots advocacy campaigns, policy development, and national coalition-building efforts with cultural and civic organizations to advance the arts in America. Her address will be about Building a Strategy around the NH Presidential Primary, a key moment in the Granite State’s political agenda.

The program also includes a panel discussion on Successful Advocacy Strategies for Building Local Awareness, to be moderated by Nicki Clarke - Executive Director, Capitol Center for the Arts. After a short coffee break, members of the 5 Executive Council Districts will present their successes in community art project cases. 

During the ceremony, Arts4NH will announce the Arts Advocate of the Year, an award that recognizes a leader in the arts community who demonstrates forward thinking and enthusiasm for the arts. Paul W. Hodes of Concord and Nancy Pearson of Portsmouth will each be given the 2019 Arts Advocate of the Year Award based on their extensive histories of supporting and advocating for the Arts in New Hampshire.  For Paul, as an attorney, singer/songwriter, actor, active board member (on several arts related boards) and politician and for Nancy, as a cultural fan, as Art-Speak’s President and as a City Councilor. Paul’s nomination reads “As an entertainment attorney, he has represented and advised musicians, filmmakers, playwrights, record labels, studios, and artists on a variety of matters. As a former United States Congressman serving two terms from New Hampshire's second congressional district, he has been able to combine his legal expertise and understanding of how important the Arts are to NH's economic and social well being, to advocate for our State on a national level.” Children_and_the_Arts_Parade_in_Peterborough_NH

Nancy’s nomination reads “Nancy has tirelessly helped grow the creative economy.  Her championing of the AFTA survey in Portsmouth helped many individuals and organizations understand the power of their economic impact and how to leverage it.  Her guidance in the formation of Portsmouth’s Percent for Art program led to more active inclusion of artists in municipal building projects. As a city councilor, Nancy has advocated for the inclusion of artists and the arts in all aspects of city life.” To wrap up the evening, a reception will be held at 4:30 p.m. featuring a performance of the father and son duo Fiddling Thomsons.

Sign up to attend at https://arts4nh.org