Sharon and Peterborough, NH
January 7, 2013
January 2012 to present
Creative Communities Exchange (CCX) 2013
For over 65 years, Sharon Arts Center has promoted the arts community by supporting local artists through its education, exhibitions, and retail programs. However, during the economic downturn, our organization found it could not grow and it began to struggle with sustainability. While we were financially stable, we lacked the resources to take the organization in new directions. In 2012, we began conversations with the New Hampshire Institute of Art to discuss the development of a creative partnership. Our collaboration began with shared marketing resources and evolved into a formal merger that allowed for the creation of several low-residency MFA programs held at Sharon Arts. By joining forces, the NHIA and Sharon Arts is supporting artists and craftspeople in all phases of their lives.