CONCORD, N.H. – Paul W. Hodes and Nancy Pearson were recognized as NH Arts Advocates of the Year recently at the 7th Annual Advocacy Summit, presented by Arts4NH in Concord.
The Arts Advocate of the Year honors 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 were 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), National Councilor on the Arts 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.”
Nancy’s nomination read “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.”
The event celebrated the role played by arts and creativity in New Hampshire’s creative economy and featured 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.
Learn more at https://arts4nh.org