MAC Brings NAP Back to Manchester, NH

"Soda Pop Culture" by teen artist Ethan Robinson took home the Art Education Award.

After three long years the Manchester Arts Commission brought their National Arts Program show back to City Hall! Kathy Daneman, Chair of the Manchester Arts Commission (MAC), reached out to us early this year with hopes to get the program back up and running. She certainly made it happen and in October the show opened with nearly 100 pieces of art gracing the walls of the first-floor gallery in Manchester’s City Hall.

Kathy commented that “This was such a wonderful event, and all of the participants were delighted to be a part of it. People who had participated in years past expressed joy to see it back, but for me, the best part was seeing the children and teenagers get excited about art.” There were so many wonderful submissions in this show from the Youth and Teen categories including the Art Education Award winning piece (pictured here) entitled “Soda Pop Culture” by Teen Artist, Ethan Robinson.

Kathy expressed how much this show meant to them, “revitalizing our little arts commission, but the arts community in Manchester, which has slowly been clawing its way back from the pandemic and a lot of economic hardship. We’ve been working hard to engage with younger artists and events like this make a difference!” We believe that coordinators like Kathy make all the difference and we are so pleased that she was able to revive their NAP show and we look forward to another great showcase in 2024!