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Thursday, September 19

10:00am EDT

Bringing Community Stories to Life Through The Arts
Limited Capacity seats available

In June 2019, the Walldogs, a renowned organization of sign and mural artists, hosted a 4-day festival in downtown Keene, leaving 16 historic murals in their wake. Peter Poanessa, a Keene native and a Walldog, will kick off the Arts and Culture Track with Session One, “Bringing Community Stories to Life through the Arts”. This session will highlight the way that the Walldogs and local organizers were able to build a massive community following and engagement in uncovering and selecting the stories that are vital to Keene’s identity. First, watch the premier of the short documentary made about this unique event. Then hear Peter’s story of the Walldogs and how he got involved, and learn how to build awareness and excitement in your own community. This session features a panel of storytellers, members of the organizing team, who will share memorable moments and lessons learned about working in the arts and deep community engagement.  

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Peter Poanessa

Founder, Keene Signworx
I would like to briefly introduce myself. My name is Peter Poanessa and I am just a regular guy with a love of the design/build process. I am also owner and founder of Keene Signworx. I studied art for a year at the University of New Hampshire, until I got "a gut feeling" that I was... Read More →


Rosemarie Bernardi

Professor of Printmaking and Design, Keene State College
Rosemarie Bernardi was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. She loves the space and beauty of New England and its proximity to New York, Mass MoCa and other art centers. Currently Professor of Art and Chair of the Art Department at Keene State College, New Hampshire, she has previously... Read More →
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Tammy Dwyer

Engagement Manager, The Center for Population Health, Cheshire Medical Center
Tammy Dwyer works at The Center for Population Health at Cheshire Medical Center as an Engagement Manager, where she develops and execute strategies to improve the wellbeing in our region.  She graduated from Vermont College, with a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts.  Tammy developed... Read More →
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Carol Jacobs

City Counselor, City of Keene
After flirting with a variety of musical instruments, Carl settled into lifelong relationshipswith Bass (Precision and upright), tenor banjo, and singing. He has performedprofessionally with a variety of groups: everything from rock, to bluegrass; country tocontra dance; and church’s... Read More →

Thursday September 19, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm EDT
MoCo Arts

2:00pm EDT

More Than A Farm: Building Equity & Community through Cultural Programming
Limited Capacity seats available

Amber Arnold, sound healer and 2019 artist in residence at The Clemmons Family Farm, will share the story of the farm, and will discuss the challenges of land ownership and community-building for people of color in rural areas. Then she'll tell us what the next generation of the Clemmons family is now taking on to build community through arts and culture programming and activities for the disconnected African American and African diaspora communities in northern Vermont. There is a unique value for having an African American owned and led location in a rural community for the greater community to learn about and discuss issues of ethnic and cultural diversity. She will also share her sound healing work and how she plans to use it to fulfill the goals of the farm's programming, which was recently awarded an Artplace America grant.

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Amber Arnold

Founder, Sacred Vibrations Sound Healing
Amber Arnold is a Sound Healer certified by the International Academy of Sound Healing, a Reiki Practitioner, Folx Medicine Maker, Ritual and Sacred Ceremony Curator, with various trainings in a wide variety of healing modalities ranging from Embodied Movement, Somatics, Reiki, Vibrational... Read More →
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Clemmons Family Farm

Clemmons Family Farm
The Clemmons Family Farm is one of the rare African-American-owned farms in the state of Vermont. According to the 2012 United States agriculture census, of the nearly 7000 farms in Vermont, only 19 are African American owned or operated. Of the 1.2 million acres of farmland in... Read More →

Thursday September 19, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
MoCo Arts
Friday, September 20

9:00am EDT

Crazy Good: Stewardship of Place - Art & Events on Conserved Land
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop is for anyone looking to organize a killer creative, organically growing, attractive event - that also stewards the place it is hosted. Emma Weisman, of Burning Man, will tell the story of this major annual event hosted in the Black Rock Desert. She will share how the values and culture from the initial founding has shaped the way the event organizers and participants interact with the conserved land on which it is held. She will also discuss the processes for leaving no trace after thousands of people create and break down a artful city over the course of the event each summer. Ryan Owens of the Monadnock Conservancy will facilitate an interview and  Q & A with Emma to better understand the threats and opportunities of developing an event like this, and what values and practices might transcend the desert environment and apply to other types of conserved lands.

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Emma Weisman

Agency Relations Manager, Burning Man

Friday September 20, 2019 9:00am - 11:00am EDT
MoCo Arts