About the NH Creative Communities Network

The NH Creative Communities Network (NHCCN), established in October, 2008, is a statewide consortium of local and regional arts councils, municipally associated arts commissions, arts presenters, arts service organizations, and community building organizations (chambers of commerce, main street programs, municipal economic development departments) that support strengthening the arts infrastructure in their communities and regions. Membership is free and open to organizations/agencies involved in advancing the creative economy and arts-related initiatives.

Our Mission

To strengthen and promote economic and community development across New Hampshire through the arts, artists and creative industries.

What We Do

Network members engage in diverse cross-sector collaborations that enrich community life, create vibrant downtowns, and support local economies throughout New Hampshire. Examples of NHCCN & Member Initiatives:

  • In 2012, NHCCN developed a Creative Economy Toolkit that includes a guide to integrating the arts into master plans along with articles, resource information and a PowerPoint presentation to help educate those in the arts and other sectors (e.g., planning, economic development, business, tourism) about the impact of the creative economy in communities and the state.
  •  Network member Creative Concord contracted with Minnesota-based Artspace for a survey project and included NHCCN members in a free Artspace workshop session on affordable live-work spaces for the creative sector. The Network continues to share information about creative sector initiatives of all kinds.

Network members meet three times per year in different regions of the state to share resources, discuss community arts-related issues and plan collaborative, capacity building projects.  An active listserve is maintained for resource sharing among members. Topics of common interest include:

  • Affordable live-work space for artists/creative workers
  • Public art programs
  • Community cultural planning and cultural assets surveys (local, regional and statewide)
  • Economic impact studies
  • Funding options
  • Cultural tourism.

The Network also assists in statewide arts advocacy efforts and is working to develop and/or strengthen partnerships with those involved in planning, tourism, economic/community development, regional planning and business sectors.

How We Govern

A Steering Committee assists in the governance of the all-volunteer NHCCN. The NH State Council on the Arts provides administrative support..

How We're Funded

NHCCN was launched with a partnership grant from the NH State Council on the Arts. We welcome sponsorships and donations. One of our members serves as NHCCN's fiscal agent.