- Girls and gender expansive youth ages 13-22
- After school and during vacations
- Free of charge with transportation
- Professional artists as mentors
- Artistic field trips and community service
- Public presentations of teens’ original art
As always, programs are free of costs to participants and their families, and transportation from schools to program sites can often be arranged. For more information please call (603) 433-4278 or email us.
Meeting after-school and during school vacations, each program is led by professional artists with extensive educational experience. The programs provide young women with hands-on activities to enhance their artistic abilities. A structured curriculum provides space for participant individuality and creativity while providing a framework for group mentoring.
To participate in any of the programs you can apply online, download and mail the application, or ask your school guidance counselor for the form. The completed form must be signed by your parent or guardian.
Transportation from schools to program sites can often be arranged. For more information please call (603) 433-4278 or email us at [email protected].
We have programs during February and April vacation, after-school in the Fall and Spring, and for six weeks during the fall and summer.
Arts in Reach (AIR) is an organization dedicated to empowering girls through the arts. We provide several programs throughout the year that are designed to unleash their creativity while building their confidence, compassion, and communication skills.
Arts in Reach was founded in 1997 by UNH art history graduates Kristin Forselius and Amanda Tappan as a summer day camp that focused on visual arts and art history. Learn more about the history of Arts in Reach in the “Our History” section here.
AIR offers several visual and performance arts options throughout the year so that each teen can discover her own unique talents and abilities as she explores her artist within.
Arts in Reach programs are currently for teenagers from 13-18 years of age.
Since its founding in 1997, the programs at Arts in Reach are free of costs to participants and transportation from schools to program sites can often be arranged. For more information please call (603) 433-4278 or email us at [email protected].
At AIR I've learned that I can be myself without judgement. I've learned to try my hardest and worked on not letting my anxiety get the best of me.
Your program has been a gift sent from angels and - seriously - you ARE making a difference and I KNOW that years from now -- what you've done for my daughter will still be having a positive effect on her.
Before AIR I had trouble expressing my ideas because of my shyness. But now, I express my ideas and am not as shy anymore, and I can let my creativity shine.
The support, morale, and messages of self-worth and power that AIR gives to girls are so valuable! Through the programs I became more connected to my artistic capabilities (especially my love of singing), and to myself.
AIR helps you to connect with other girls in your area and beyond. The leaders are fantastic, and the girls you meet are awesome and become lifelong friends. You realize you aren't the only one with problems and struggles in your life. You're not alone.
AIR gave me the tools to explore and cultivate my own creativity and humanity. We are always faced with choices, some more difficult than others, and finding what resonates most with our own souls is what ultimately works. Nowhere in my life has this been more evident than during my time at AIR.
Before joining AIR, my daughter was really struggling at school and at home. At AIR, she made new friends and was able to talk to caring adults. AIR became something she really looked forward to. Thank you so much for this incredible gift!
I am so happy to see how much AIR has grown since I was a part of the program…. AIR Has affected me still to this day….I think back on my days of Jr. High and how much things have changed, and how positive the program had been on my life.
This is an AMAZING organization that has brought so much joy to my daughter!! Go AIR!
GO THERE! SAY YES! YOU WON'T REGRET IT! It's sooo AWESOME! They actually got me on a stage, and I really sang! I would go here for the rest of my life if I could.
When I’m not at AIR, I’m pretty sad all the time. Being at AIR gives me four hours a week to be happy and leave negativity at the door. My confidence has increased slightly, which is a BIG thing for me to experience. I can be a little more social and use writing as a positive coping skill.
At AIR, girls are: the cherry on top of the sundae; important, loved & respected; treated with respect and given FREEDOM to be enthusiastically confident; encouraged to do THEIR personal best, to try their hardest, and to face their goals head on, all with confidence and a smile.
This program had a truly amazing impact on my daughter. She had been in such a dark place previously for so many months. Praise from her workshop leaders really built her up. Thank you for this opportunity. It was more than I expected—I had hoped my daughter might manage; instead, she blossomed.
I like AIR because the sense of being part of a team. The fact that everyone gets a chance--no auditions or try-outs.
PLEASE DO IT! AIR is honestly the greatest thing in my life! It allows you to try your hardest and have fun without any gossiping and whatnot.
AIR has helped me gain a better understanding of who I am and what choices are good for me.
AIR taught me the value of working through conflict using conversation, instead of gossip, bashing or being aggressive.