The Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire was founded in 1987. Responding to changing community needs, we have realized our mission to support, promote, and advance arts and culture in Northern New Hampshire by leading a wide range of programs and initiatives over the years. We began as an organization to market and promote North Country artists and arts organizations; we were an early live music presenter in the region, running a mobile performing arts center for two decades; and we have helped to found and lead statewide networks devoted to arts education, creative communities, and arts in health. In 2019, we're excited to announce our new strategic priority: arts-based youth leadership development.


Our Board

Isabella Gaetjens-Oleson, AmeriCorps VISTA Member, White Mountains Regional High School (Lancaster)

Sara Glines (Chair), Traditional Dollmaker (Randolph)

Robin Henne (Secretary), Fiber Artist (Shelburne)

Steve Nilhas, Director of Curriculum & Instruction, SAU #36 /White Mountains Regional School District (Littleton)

Sarah Parrish, Assistant Professor of Art History, Plymouth State University (Plymouth)

Amanda Whitworth, Artistic Director & Owner, Tributary Dance/Director of Dance, Plymouth State University (Ashland)

Stacey Zemla, Arts Integrationist, Spartan STEAM Academy at White Mountains Regional High School (Lancaster)


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Our executive director

Kate Griffin 


Raised in Coos County, Kate has held leadership roles in local, state, and national non-profit organizations for more than fifteen years. She began her career in higher education, and transitioned into social sector program design and administration after earning a PhD in American Studies. Her experiences spans community development, social services, and social entrepreneurship, and she has designed and managed numerous service learning, pro bono, and community engagement initiatives. Most recently, Kate’s work has brought together the fields of art and wellness, where her experience includes facilitating Movies for Mental Health workshops for Art With Impact on college campuses, co-founding an art and wellness organization called The Storefront Institute, and creating San Francisco Seniors Remember, a collaborative oral history project. She was an inaugural New England Creative Community Fellow with National Arts Strategies in 2018 and is a Teaching Lecturer at Plymouth State University.