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Artist Spotlight: Don’t Bug Out, It’s Just Bug

I’ve always been drawn to multi-faceted makers. As an interdisciplinary artist myself, I understand the feeling of being pulled into many art forms, and the allure of possibilities. There is another component to a great maker though that I’ve been reflecting on lately, and that is collaboration. Today I’d like to share one of the […]

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Black Women Rock & Next Generation of Black Female Activists

While the 14th Annual Black New England Conference (September 25 – 26, 2020) entitled Black Women Rock: Leading the Charge for Social and Political Change is chock full of incredible speakers ranging from US Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley to Essence Emerita Editor in Chief Susan L. Taylor, on the extraordinarily prescient topic of leadership of Black […]

Top row: “Shadow of the Past, Court Street, from “Windows of Portsmouth, Elissa Von Letkemann; “Sprouted” by Kate Knox; “If I Lived Here, I’d be Home by Now”, Lindsay Gwinn Parker

Bottom row: “Neighbors”, Bri Custer; “Home Landing”, Artful Harper Studios; “No Trucks on McDonough”, Stacey Durand

Where We Live

I’ve written about art as a catalyst for social change before. In today’s housing crisis, artists are among the victims of high costs, limited inventory, and gentrification, but many are realizing they can use their art as a catalyst for change. Similar to charrettes, Where We Live draws on the belief that visual representations of home […]

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Creative Expression on Juneteenth

Creative expression is vital to celebrating and honoring the joys and sorrows of the past. One part of our country’s history that is remembered this month is Juneteenth. If you are not familiar with it, Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, […]

Doing Good New Hampshire with Matt Gelinas

This week I spoke with Matt Gelinas of Barrington, New Hampshire. Matt combines his love for music and people to make New Hampshire a better place! Matt was raised in Rochester, NH attended Plymouth State University and is now a short term claims analyst at Sun Life Financial.  After college, Matt decided to stay in […]

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603 Spotlight: Aubrey Mennella

Name: Aubrey Mennella Current City/Town: North Conway Native City/Town: North Conway Tell us a little bit about yourself. I have been tattooing locally, while guest artisting across the country, and abroad for over 11 years. I have a BFA concentrated in illustration from Laguna College of Art and Design and furthered my studies at The […]

Photography by Matthias Wagner

Strong Society with the New Hampshire Theater Project

FW: Improv? Recently a friend emailed me a link to a virtual program offered by the New Hampshire Theater Project (NHTP) and just said “Laura! See below and then DO THIS!”. Below was a link to Game Night! Online Improv Playground. Why did my friend send this to me? Because I have been talking, for […]

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Creativity in Quarantine

The arts bring us together, emotionally and physically. But these days, coming together physically is not something we can do right now. We are social distancing to save lives and flatten the curve of the Covid-19 pandemic. You’ve most likely received a flood of emails or notifications canceling events and gatherings, halting opportunities to witness […]