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.


Pam Sullivan, George Hansel, Amanda Grappone Osmer, Tim McMahon
Althea Haropulos Photographer


From the Americans for the Arts: 8 Reasons to Partner With the Arts. Click to read more. 

NHBCA Board Meets on January 20, 2016 at the NH State Library



NHBCA Executive Director meets with National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu during her New Hampshire visit

NHBCA Executive Director participates on panel about board service for Catholic Medical Center’s leadership class

NHBCA Executive Director served as a judge for the Rising Star Awards presented by Stay Work Play NH

New Hampshire Homes features NHBCA article on importance of the arts

Union Leader Business Editor’s Thoughts on the 2014 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.

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. http://www.nh.gov/nharts/aboutus/givingmatters_arts.html 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 the June 2015 newsletter

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: http://www.nh.gov/nharts/aboutus/aftasurvey2011/index.html

Read an article about it in the Union Leader: http://www.unionleader.com/article/20120913/NEWS02/709149957

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 http://www.nh.gov/nharts/programservices/pdf/aihsurveyreportfromaep.pdf

Read the blog post by NHBCA executive director Joan Goshgarian for a summary and audience reactions: http://blog.artsusa.org/2012/07/27/bringing-together-arts-culture-and-the-law/

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”

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