NHIA's Youth Arts program receives grant

Jennifer Robertson on 07.06.17

The New Hampshire Institute of Art Receives Grant from Jane’s Trust to Support New Youth Arts Lab in Manchester

Manchester, NH (July 6, 2017) – The New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) is pleased to announce that the 119-year-old, non-profit college of art, design, and writing has received a $75,000 grant from Boston-based Jane’s Trust to bolster the college’s new Youth Arts program. The grant will assist NHIA in completing the $750,000 renovation of the former St. Anne’s church, located in downtown Manchester, into a vibrant new Youth Arts Lab serving the needs of the Queen City’s middle school and high school students.

“Today, we believe more passionately than ever that the college’s mission—“to educate, engage, and empower through the arts”—calls on us to actively connect with our community to create a more vibrant, creative, and economically sustainable Manchester,” said Kent Devereaux, President of NHIA. “We are extremely pleased and grateful that Jane’s Trust has joined with us to help make this vision a reality.”

The Youth Arts Lab, to be completed this summer and fully operational by the fall, will allow NHIA to offer middle school and high school students throughout greater Manchester increased access to arts instruction year round including:

  • A robust after-school program offering Manchester-based teens ages 12-18 high-quality art, design, and writing instruction, regardless of a family’s ability to pay.
  • A diverse array of one- and two-week-long summer arts day camps designed to allow teens to explore the latest in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) as well as traditional approaches to artmaking.

The development of NHIA’s Youth Arts program represents a bold new commitment by the college to the city of Manchester, NH, a city that NHIA has called home for almost 120 years. Additional funders that have helped make the Yourth Arts program possible include the New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority, Eastern Bank, Brady Sullivan Properties, Lincoln Financial Foundation, Riverstone Resources, Milestone Engineering, Anagnost Investments, the Norwin and Elizabeth Bean Foundation, the Penates Foundation, Harvey Construction, Central Paper, Devine Millimet, Howe Riley Howe, Northeast Delta Dental, St. Mary’s Bank, and Bellwether Community Credit Union.

For more information about this program and the summer schedule, please visit www.nhia.edu/youtharts