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Welcome to NHBCA

The New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts (NHBCA) was formed in 1985 to educate, motivate, and recognize business support of and participation in the arts, advocates for the value of the arts in economic, social and community development, and facilitates people and projects that enhance engagement in the arts. It has more than 65 dues paying members and operates a variety of programs and projects to encourage and involve businesses in the arts.

Save the Date: 2015 Business in the Arts Awards gala set for May 11


Nominations open for the 31st Business in the Arts Awards

To nominate a business of any size or for the Leadership Award click here.


2014 WinnersBBs

Timken, People’s United Bank, Sequoya Technologies Group and Hampshire Hardwoods were announced as the winners of the Business in the Arts Awards and Michael A. L’Ecuyer as the Leadership winner at a gala evening presentation hosted by the New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts on May more

Photo by Althea Haropuloas. L to R: Maureen Curtiss, Timken; Dianne Mercier, People’s United Bank; Michael L'Ecuyer, Leadership; Ray Boelig, Lori Boelig, Hampshire Hardwoods; Debra Strickland, Tom Strickland, Sequoya Technologies Group

NH Arts Organizations Contribute to Business in the Arts Awards

The ArtsBags Cultural Trivia Show highlighted the evening’s sponsors and contained cultural goodies of tickets, tee shirts, CD’s and books contributed by New Hampshire’s many cultural organizations.


Union Leader Business Editor's Thoughts on the Business in the Arts Awards

Mike Cote says the directive was simple: "Pursue the arts!"


NHBCA Executive Director Co-Chaired the NH Center for Nonprofits 2014 Leadership Summit

Keynote Majora Carter, founder of Sustainable Bronx and StartUpBox, a tech education and training incubator that moves disadvantages youth out consumer roles and into tech jobs, was the keynote speaker. A MacArthur Genius Award winner, Carter is often called the “green power broker,” however, she sees her work as developing human potential and job creation, leveraging partnerships and business strategies to change lives and advance community prosperity. Panelists included NHBCA board member Chris Dwyer. Joan Goshgarian arranged for scholarships for arts leaders to attend this September event which almost 300 persons attended.

Rfrts Organizations Contribute to Business in the Arts Awards

Giving Matters is an audio showcase of nonprofit organizations and the ways in which they strengthen communities and enrich lives. The series is a joint project of the New Hampshire Charitable foundation and NHPR. The NHBCA executive director served on the selection panel. for links to specific programs of the featured arts and cultural nonprofit organizations.


NHBCA Executive Director Guest on Portsmouth Brand Radio Listen to Joan Goshgarian talk about the variety and value of the arts in the state and the importance of involvement and support.


Click here to read NHBCA Archived Newsletters:

NH Creative Communities Connections and NHBCA Membership Newsletters



Arts & Economic Prosperity IV

The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts entered into a partnership with Americans for the Arts (AFTA) to conduct an important statewide survey measuring the economic impact of the arts and culture in New Hampshire called Arts & Economic Prosperity IV. The NHBCA participated in the task force that recommended participating in the survey and helped to secure the funding for it. To see the results:

Read an article about it in the Union Leader:


Art In Healthcare:   In June 2013 the NHBCA partnered on the 2nd Arts in Healthcare Symposium for healthcare leaders and professionals that shared best practices and evidence-based information about the role of art in healing and wellness, and to establish a NH Art in Healthcare Network. It was sponsored by Concord Hospital with additional corporate support by Catholic Medical Center.

For more information art and healthcare programs in New Hampshire



Read the blog post by NHBCA executive director Joan Goshgarian for a summary and audience reactions:


NHBCA Executiver Director Joan Goshgarian is a guest on the radio show hosted by Jack Heath. To listen to the show: link entitled, "7/16/11 New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts" Tom Raffio, Joan Goshgarian and Jack Heath


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